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Review: "Conversations On Serious Topics", Lithuania's Oscar Entry

Giedrė Beinoriūtė's unadorned little gem "Conversations On Serious Topics" (Lithuania's official Oscar Foreign submission),sets a series of adolescent and teenagers in front of  a camera and asks penetrating questions.  As Beinoriūtė explained in an interview with CWB's Bijan Tehrani, she was inspired by Lithuanian writer Vanda Juknaitė. featuring interviews with ... Full story

The Butterfly’s Dream, Turkey’s OSCAR Entry

The Butterfly’s Dream directed and written by Yilmaz Erdoðan is Turkey’s OSCAR entry for the Best Foreign Language Award Film. The Butterfly’s Dream centers on two young poets in the 1940s of Turkey who make a bet on a pretty ... Full story

IN BLOOM, Georgia's Oscar Entry

IN BLOOM directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross is Georgia's Oscar Entry for  the Best Foreign Language Film Award.Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is ... Full story

CHILD'S POSE, Romania’s Oscar Entry

CHILD'S POSE, directed by Călin Peter Netzer is Romania’s Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.A tangled drama of ethics, corrupt authority and misplaced maternal love, CHILD’S POSE stars one of the stalwarts of Romanian cinema, Luminita Gheorghiu ... Full story

THE HUNT, Denmark’s Oscar Entry

THE HUNT directed and co-written by Thomas Vinterberg and Denmark’s Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award,  is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ... Full story

TRANSIT, Philippine’s Oscar Entry

TRANSIT, directed Hannah Espia, Philippine’s Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms their precarious lives. Janet, ... Full story

CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS, Lithuanian's Oscar entry

CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS, directed by Giedre Beinoriute is Lithuanian's Oscar entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award. This  is a film without exterior action, props, landscapes or special effects. Its main characters are children and teenagers with a ... Full story

The Cleaner, Peru's OSCAR Entry

EL LIMPIADOR, The Cleaner, written and directed by Adrian Saba is Peru's Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award. The Cleaner is about Eusebio, a quiet man, living his routine and solitary life even as the devastating, mysterious epidemic ... Full story

BOY EATING THE BIRDS FOOD, Greece’s OSCAR Entry

BOY EATING THE BIRDS FOOD, written and directed by Ektoras Lygizos, is Greece’s OSCAR Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.A 22-year-old boy in Athens has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat, but he’s ... Full story

THE DISCIPLE, Finland’s Oscar entry

THE DISCIPLE, Finland’s Oscar entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award,   happens An island in the Baltic Sea in the summer of 1939. Thirteen-year-old Karl has come to work as an assistant to Hasselbond, the lighthouse master. Hasselbond at ... Full story

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