The Philippine entry for this year’s Oscar best foreign language film category once again missed out as the final five nominees were selected last January.
The final nominees are:
–Australia’s Tanna, directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
–Denmark’s Land of Mine, directed by Martin Zandvliet
–Germany’s Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade
–Iran’s The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi
–Sweden’s A Man Called Ove, directed by Hannes Holm
This is the first ever nomination Australia achieved in this category. According to Wikipedia, the film is set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific, depicting the true story of a couple who decided to marry for love, rather that obey their parents’ wishes. In some ways similar to Romeo and Juliet, the movie is based on an actual marriage dispute.
Denmark’s Land of Mine
This is the 12th nomination for Denmark in this category. Denmark has won the Oscar best foreign language film for the following: Babette’s Feast (1987); Pelle the Conqueror (1988); and In a Better World (2010).
According to Wikipedia, the plot of the story is as follows:
In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war was handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million mines that the Germans had placed in the sand along the coast. With their bare hands, crawling around in the sand, the boys were forced to perform dangerous work under the leadership of the Danish sergeant, Carl Leopold Rasmussen.
Germany’s Toni Erdmann
This is the 10th nomination for Germany. It already won three times (two after reunification) and these were for The Tin Drum (1979); Nowhere in Africa (2002); and The Lives of Others (2006).
Wikipedia describes the film’s plot this way: Winfried Conradi is a divorced music teacher, an old-age hippie of sorts, with a passion for bizarre pranks involving several fake persona. Over the bereave-ment of his dog, he decides to reconnect with his daughter Ines, who is pursuing a career in business consulting and is currently posted in Bucharest, Romania, where she works on an outsourcing project in the oil industry. Winfried travels to Bucharest to reconnect with Ines…
Iran’s The Salesman
This is the third nomination of Iran which already won an Oscar for A Separation in 2011. According to Wikipedia, the film’s plot is as follows:
The film tells the story of a young couple who play the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Meanwhile, their personal relationship takes a hit after moving into a house that was previously inhabited by a woman who allegedly pursued a career in prostitution.
Sweden’s A Man Called Ove
This is the 15th nomination for Sweden which already won three Oscars for best foreign language film for The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Fanny & Alexander (1983).
According to Wikipedia, the film’s plot is as follows:
Fifty nine-year old Ove is the townhouse neighborhood’s sullen and suicidal prefect. One day, Parvaneh and her family move into the house across the street. When they later knock down Ove’s mailbox with their car, this becomes the prelude to an unexpected friendship and a turnaround in the world-weary man’s life.
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