The Long Week Closes: The Foreign Film Oscar Winners of the ’00s February 25, 2017

We covered a lot this week, as you can see from the rundown below. I’d like to explain the Captain Fantastic addition. The reviews were horrendous, which is why I didn’t add it initially. It was only earlier today that I decided I ought to cover every movie that gets nominated in a major Oscar category (Captain Fantastic’s Viggo Mortensen was recognized in Best Actor). I’ve been oscillating on this rule for the past few months, which is why I waited until the 11th hour to do this, on the eve of the Oscar ceremony.

(Update: Filipe Furtado has informed me that many of the winners I deemed obscure were in fact substantial hits in their day.  Out of embarrassment, I’ve removed what I wrote about the Foreign Film Oscars. I should not have written about a topic where my level of knowledge was so shaky.)

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El mar la mar (Bonnetta & Sniadecki)

Berlinale 2017
Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki’s El mar la mar (United States)
Kitty Green’s Casting JonBenet (United States)
Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul (Hungary)
Calin Peter Netzer’s Ana, mon amour (Romania)
Oren Moverman’s The Dinner (United States)

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Get Out (Peele)

New Releases
Jordan Peele’s Get Out (United States)
Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini (France)
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s As You Are (United States)

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Les hautes solitudes (Garrel)

Cinema of the Past
Philippe Garrel’s Les hautes solitudes (France • 1974)
Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (United States • 1988)
Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic (United States • 2016)
Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Italy • 1978)
Seijun Suzuki’s Fighting Elegy (Japan • 1966)
Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King (United States • 2016)

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