Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Oscars: 9 Foreign Language Films Go to Final Round, But Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” is Out


Sad to say, “Elle”– starring potential Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert– is out of the running for Best Foreign Language Film. Nine films have made the latest round, and they will pared to five for final nominations. “Toni Erdmann” is the favorite, from Sony Pictures Classics. But “Elle” is out, and so is France. Huppert can still be nominated for Best Actress, and she should be, so we’ll how that goes. I’m a little surprised that “Elle” was bypassed but the Xavier Dolan film got in. You’d almost like “My Life as a Zucchini” to get in for the title! But we’ll squash that idea now.


Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;

Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;

Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director;
Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director;
Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director;
Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director;
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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