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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Oscar finalists for foreign-language films announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (that would the Oscars gang) today revealed their list of the 65 films eligible for a foreign-language film Academy Award. Browsing the list, I can see that the films all have something in common: Not one has had a regular run in a Seattle theater. Of course, it’s often the buzz surrounding an Oscar nomination that gets a foreign film into theaters in the first place. Two that definitely have distribution and will be playing in Seattle by late 2009 or early 2010 are Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” from Germany (and a target of much praise at the Toronto Film Festival last month) and Jacques Audiard’s “Un Prophete” from France. Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” is, surprisingly, not on this list (Spain is represented by Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief”; presumably the submission committee felt that Almodovar’s film was sufficiently high-profile to compete in other categories), but will open in Seattle in late December.

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