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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Oscar contenders for foreign-language films announced . . .

. . . and, as usual, we haven’t seen most of them in Seattle yet. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the films submitted by 65 countries (each country can only submit one) for award eligibility, and the immediate front-runners are Mexico’s “Biutiful,” which stars Javier Bardem and has been getting raves on the festival circuit; Thailand’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” which won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year; and Denmark’s “In a Better World,” widely praised at Toronto and already picked up by Sony Classics for a release early next year. I’m also hearing good things about “Undertow,” from Peru, which screened earlier this year at SIFF and which you can see Saturday the 23rd at Pacific Place as part of the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Director Javier Fuentes-Leon will be in attendance, so this might be one of those great opportunities to see a movie before everybody’s talking about it.

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