Academy Awards has announced the five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Award. In A Better World from Denmark is among the five nominees after winning the Golden Globe Award. The five films with a chance of winning an Oscar are: Biutiful, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, from Mexico. Dogtooth, directed by Giorgos Lanthimos from Greece, In A Better World, directed by Susan Bier from Denmark, Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneueve from Canada and Outside the Law directed by Rachid Bouchareb from Algeria.
Biutiful: (Mexico, a film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) this is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.
Dogtooth: (Greece, a film by Giorgos Lanthimos ) Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spends their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning.
In A Better World: (Denmark, a film by Susan Bier) the lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship come into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Incendies: (Canada, a film by Denis Villeneueve) A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. Written by Mylène Chollet
Outside the Law: (Algeria, a film by Rachid Bouchareb) after losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. Written by Silenzio