Iran’s “A Separation,” by writer-director Asghar Farhadi, and Israel’s “Footnote,” by writer-director Joseph Cedar, will face each other in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Academy Awards.
The two films were nominated for the 2012 Oscars early Tuesday morning, along with Belgium’s “Bullhead” (directed by Michael R. Roskam), Canada’s “Monsieur Lazhar” (written and directed Phillipe Falardea) and Poland’s “In Darkness” (directed by Agnieszka Holland).
Watch trailers for the 2012 Oscar nominees in Best Forest Language Film.
Farhadi’s “A Separation” is considered a frontrunner for the Oscar. The film has not only received near-unanimous high praise from critics, it recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movies focuses on the choice a couple has to make: whether to leave Iran to offer their child a better life or stay for to care for an elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
“Footnote” is considered to be the primary competition for “A Separation.” The film concerns a father-son rivalry, as both are famous Talmudic scholars in Jerusalem. “Footnote” has been well-received at international film festivals, including Toronto and Cannes.
Rounding out the 2012 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film are a strong list of film who have garnered critical praise and awards:
- “Bullhead,” Rockam’s debut thriller that provides a look at the Belgian bovine hormone mafia;
- “Monsieur Lazhar,” with its look at of an Algerian substitute teacher who helps a group of children get over the sudden death of their teacher; and
- “In Darkness,” set in Nazi-occupied Poland centers on one man who risks his life to hide a group of Jews in a sewer.
The Oscars will be held Feb. 26 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Bill Crystals will act as host for the Academy Awards, which will be broadcast on ABC.
Awards season is good for movie fans. Oscar nominated movies that are still in wide release will see a bump at local theatres, while older fare will be widely available for at-home viewing.
Pittsburgh residents should look for mainstream films at AMC Loews Waterfront 22, SouthSide Works Cinema and Waterworks Cinema 10. Look for locations and movie tickets available for online purchase at Fandango. Independent films tend to screen at Squirrel Hill’s Manor Theatre.
Older movies can also be rented through DVD rentals such as Redbox, located at select Giant Eagle and Get Go! locations.
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