Oscars 2017: Academy announces 85 contenders for foreign language film category
Pablo Larraín's 'Neruda,' Jonás Cuarón's 'Desierto' are two of the entrants
The Foreign Language Film category is sure to be interesting this year with 85 countries, including first-time entrant Yemen, submitting films for consideration.
Canada submitted its favorite bad-boy director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) and his new film It’s Only the End of the World, about a terminally ill writer who returns home after a long absence to tell his family he is dying. While Chile entered Pablo Larraín’s film Neruda, about Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Larraín could have a very busy awards season considering his other film, Jackie starring Natalie Portman, also is sure to be considered come Oscar time.
Mexico sent in Jonás Cuarón’s action-thriller Desierto (opening here on Friday) starring Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as its official submission, while Palestine entered Hany Abu-Assad’s retelling of Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf’s unlikely journey to the stage in The Idol.
Also up for consideration are two festival favorites: France’s R-rated thriller Elle from director Paul Verhoeven and Germany’s crowd-pleasing dramedy Toni Erdmann from director Maren Ade. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Elle has already generated quite a bit of Oscar talk for its leading lady, while Toni Erdmann has been a festival favorite since it debuted at Cannes back in May.
First-time entrant Yemen submitted I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced from filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami, while the United Kingdom entered the horror film Under the Shadow from writer-director Babak Anvari.
For a full list of entrants, visit www.oscars.org.
The foreign language category was first introduced in 1956 at the 29th Academy Awards. The upcoming ceremony will be held on Feb. 26, 2017.