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Lulu Wang(The Farewell)
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Aug 03 2019

Georgia submits "Shindisi"for the Oscars亚博主页

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A "Shindisi"actor getting a touch-up on set

Georgia has selected the filmShindisifor the Best International Film competition at the Oscars.亚博主页The film was selected from a list of five titlesby a jury of filmmakers.Dito Tsintsadze's film is a true story based on the 17 Georgian soldiers who died in the village of Shindisi during the Russia-Georgia war of 2008.The cast is a mix of real soldiers and actors...

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Aug 02 2015

Smackdown 1995: Joan,Kate,Kathleen,Mare and Mira

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '95.A chain smoking First Lady,a porn actress with dreams of hairdressing,a young romantic who lets her passions get the best of her,a famous musician who just wants to live quietly,and an astronaut's wife worrying for her husband in the stars.


1995 was a shockingly strong year for lead actresses.Though things were less crowded with possibility that year in the supporting competition (notice the leads crowding in here too) Oscar's roster here was exciting too,not just for its range of acting styles and characters but for an all first-timer field.Kate Winslet,Joan AllenandMira Sorvinowere all fresh faces just beginning to win mass attention.Mare WinninghamandKathleen Quinlanwere the veterans,and though they'd both had previous awards attention (and Emmy win for Mare when she was only 21 years old and a Golden Globe nod for Quinlan for 1977'sI Never Promised You a Rose Garden),it had never gotten this glamorous: OSCAR NOMINATIONS!


Here to talk about these five turns are returning panelistsNick Davis(Nicks Flick Picks) andGuy Lodge(Variety).Your hostNathaniel Ralso welcomes three new panelistsKevin O'Keeffe(Arts.Mic),Conrado Falco(Coco Hits NY) and new Film Experience contributorLynn Lee.You've read their brief1995 memoirsand you can also listen to an indepth conversationon the companion podcast.

And now it's time for the main event...


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Oct 23 2014

CIFF Foreign Film Oscar Report,Vol.1: Czech Republic,Finland,Georgia & Uruguay

Tim here.Now that the Chicago Film Festival is all over,I can offer the rest of my thoughts on the official submissions for theBest Foreign Language Film Oscarthat I was able to catch.

A political drama about sports,or a sports drama about politics?Why not be both,says this film about a teenage track star in 1980s Czechoslovakia,who gets bullied into taking steroids by the government forces that want to show off a whole population of physically gorgeous super-athletes at the 1984 Olympics.The battle being waged over ownership of one's body and health in a dictatorship is an interesting one,and well presented;lead actressJuditBárdosis a bit shapeless and superficial in portraying the internal tensions of this conflict,but the film around her has been constructed with enough merciless geometry and clinical coolness that it's surprisingly able to survive a flat central performance.

Oscar prospects:Eastern European reminiscences about the late Communist period feel like they're some kind ofOscarbait,but not that many have actually shown up in this category.This is,to be sure,a solid example of the form,and the human interest hook is rock solid.By no means do I expect to see it on the nine-film shortlist,but it's not going to be a "wait,how did THAT get there?"moment if it manages to do so.

Angry Finnish teens,Georgian corn farming,and Uruguayan Nazi hunters after the jump

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