Tuesday, October 09, 2018

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (91st)

OCTOBER PREDICTIONS

MOST LIKELY

1. ROMA (MEXICO)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Producers: Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Plot (IMDb): A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Golden Lion, Best Film, Venice Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

MAYBE

2. SHOPLIFTERS (JAPAN)

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda
Producers: ?
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô

Plot (IMDb): A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

3. COLD WAR (POLAND)

Director:  Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki
Producers: Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc

Plot (IMDb): A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

POSSIBLE

4. BURNING (SOUTH KOREA)

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Writers: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami
Producers: Chang-dong Lee, Gwang-hee Ok
Cast: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon

Plot (IMDb): Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, FIPRESCI Prize, Competition, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

5. CAPERNAUM (LEBANON)

Director: Nadine Labaki
Writers: Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar
Producers: Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Cast: Ghida Majzoub, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Plot (IMDb): A politically-charged fable, featuring mostly non-professional actors, about a child who launches a lawsuit against his parents.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Win, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival 
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

6. Dogman (Italy)

Director: Matteo Garrone
Writers: Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso
Producers: Paolo Del Brocco, Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie, Jeremy Thomas
Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano

Plot (IMDb): Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival

7. Girl (Belgium)

Director: Lukas Dhont
Writers: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Producer: Dirk Impens
Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart

Plot (IMDb): Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams to become a ballerina.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival
Win, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival

8. The Cakemaker (Israel)

Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Writer: Ofir Raul Graizer
Producer: Itai Tamir
Cast: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller

Plot (IMDb): A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
None

9. I Am Not a Witch (UK)

Director: Rungano Nyoni
Writer: Rungano Nyoni
Producers: Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan
Cast: Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda

Plot (IMDb): Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches on a large truck. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, BAFTA
Nomination, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival

10. Signal Rock (Philippines)

Director: Chito S. Roño
Writer: Rody Vera
Producer: ?
Cast: Christian Bables, Daria Ramirez, Nanding Josef

Plot (IMDb): Intoy takes care of his parents when his sister moved out to work overseas. Since he lives in a remote area in Samar, the only way he could contact his sister is by going to strange rock formations on the island.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
None

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