Oscars 2023: predictions for the best international feature films

Check out this year’s selection of foreign language films heading to the fall film festivals.

The Oscar submission deadline (October 3) has returned to its pre-pandemic spot on the awards calendar, with the Best International Feature Film shortlist to be announced on December 21. As always, film festivals are the gatekeepers for offering the best international feature film Oscar race reviews, press and awards.

Sundance 2022 delivered World Drama Awards for jury-winning Utama, Bolivian filmmaker Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s portrait of aging llama herders trying to survive a drought, and Finland’s coming-of-age story Girl Picture by Alli Haapasalo, who won the audience award.

Another rural family drama, Carla Simón’s Alcarràs, about Spanish peach farmers, won the top prize in Berlin in February, although Spain could also go with Official Competition, starring Oscar favorites Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, which the Academy had booked his performance series at the Goldwyn Theatre.

A festival award at Sundance or Cannes increases a film’s chances of being nominated for an Oscar by its home country, but neither the Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh’s Cannes Screenplay Award-winning “Boy from Heaven” nor the Iranian- Danish Ali Abbasis “Holy Spider” (Utopia), which won Best Actress for Tsar Amir Ebrahimi as a journalist fighting for justice for murdered prostitutes, is submitted by Egypt and Iran respectively. Both filmmakers are persona non grata in these countries because they deal with taboo subjects. (Sweden and Denmark are likely to do the honors.) And Iran can submit the Cannes competition title for Saeed Roustayi’s family drama, Leila’s Brothers.

Most of the non-English language films at Cannes that could end up in the Oscar race will be competing for Best International Feature Film, although in recent years Parasite, Cold War, Drive My Car and Worst Person have all been there. in the World” also participated in other races including script, camera, direction and picture. And this year Denmark’s Fleee competed in three categories including International, Documentary and Animated Feature.

Japan is unlikely to submit the Korean production Broker (Neon), though it will be directed by Japanese Cannes regular and 2018 Palme d’Or winner and Oscar nominee Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose Korean star Song Kang Ho (“Parasite”) was awarded Best Actor at Cannes. Korea is more likely to submit Cannes-winning director Park Chan-wook’s stylish noir cop “Decision to Leave” (Mubi), in which Tang Wei (“Lust, Caution”) plays a femme fatale suspected of murder.

Vicky Krieps plays a rebellious empress in “Corsage”.

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The Cannes Jury Joint Prize went to two films selected by Drive My Car distributor Sideshow and Janus Films: Poland’s “Eo” (“Hee-haw”) by goblin-like 84-year-old Cannes long-time favorite Jerzy Skolimowski and “The Eight Mountains” is co-directed by Belgian couple Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groenigen, who learned Italian to direct this Italian production that could become Italy’s Oscar entry.

A third pickup from Sideshow and Janus Films is “Tori and Lokita” from Belgians Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who previously won the Palm twice (“Rosetta”, “L’Enfant”) and settled for a special award 75th anniversary of the festival for her moving drama about two African refugees under duress. Belgium submitted its films three times, Van Groenigen twice and Lukas Dhont once (“Girl”). They may be dating the 31-year-old filmmaker again, as his tender gay relationship drama Close shared the second most important prize, the Grand Prix, with another A24 film, Claire Denis’ English-language romance Stars at Noon. ”

The veteran French filmmaker also won the Best Director award in Berlin this year for a film in her native language, Both Sides of the Blade, starring two outstanding stars, Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”) and Vincent Lindon (“Titane”), one of several Oscar opportunities from France, which tends not to submit films that debut in Berlin. The others are Léonor Seraille’s Cannes Competition title Mother and Son and Mia Hansen-Løve’s touching Léa Seydoux relationship drama One Fine Morning (Sony Pictures Classics), performed by Directors’ Fortnight. The French selection committee, dominated by Cannes director Thierry Fremaux, has never submitted films by Denis or Hansen-Løve and may regard both as “images of women”. In recent years, France has preferred Ladj Ly’s Les Miserables to Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, but turned in the Franco-Turkish production Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.

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“RRR”

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For its part, Austria is likely to submit veteran filmmaker Marie Kreutzer’s irreverent costume drama Corsage, starring Berlin-based actress Vicky Krieps (“Bergman Island”) as Austria-Hungary’s rebellious Empress Elisabeth (“Sissi”), which would have played well in the competition. Krieps shared the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress. With the right handling by IFC Films, the revisionist royal drama of the 19th century could compete for Best Actress and Costume Design as well as International Feature Film.

Over the summer, a global blockbuster that didn’t play major festivals broke out, SS Rajamouli’s three-hour Tollywood historical epic “RRR,” about two athletic best friends (NT megastars Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan) who turn against each other the forces of history. India doesn’t always hit the right Oscar picks, but shouldn’t miss this opportunity to score at least Best International Feature Film. This author boasts the choreographic action, emotional intelligence and bravura imagination of Sam Peckinpah, John Woo or George Miller. We haven’t seen stunts of this caliber since Mad Max: Fury Road, which won six Crafting Oscars. And if Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Direction and Score for composer AR Rahman, launching the careers of Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, then why can’t “RRR” compete in some important categories and? also craft prices?

New films will premiere at the Fall Festival, including the autofiction Bardo, which marks the return to Mexico of Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu; Netflix promises an advertising boost on the level of “Roma” by its amigo Alfonso Cuarón. Another film to watch out for is Santiago Mitre’s 1980s historical drama Argentina, 1985 (Amazon) starring Ricardo Darín (Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, Oscar-nominated Wild Tales). .

Candidates for the shortlist of 15 are listed in alphabetical order. (The list is updated frequently as countries make their submission decisions.) No film is considered a front-runner until I’ve seen it.

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leader
“Both Sides of the Blade” (Claire Denis, France)
“Corsage” (Marie Kreutzer, Austria)
“Decision to Leave” (Park Chan-wook, Korea)
“Holy Spider” (Ali Abbasi, Denmark)
“One Fine Morning” (Mia Hansen-Love, France)
“RRR” (SS Rajamouli, India)
“Tori and Lokita” (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium)
“Utama” (Alejandro Loayza Grisi, Bolivia)

candidate
“Alcarràs” (Carla Simón, Spain)
“Argentina, 1985” (Santiago Miter, Argentina)
“Bardo” (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico)
“Broker” (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Korea)
“Close” (Lukas Dhont, Belgium)
“The Eight Mountains” (Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groenigen, Italy)
“Eo” (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
“Girl Picture” (Alli Haapasalo, Finland)
“Godland” (Hlynur Pálmason, Iceland)
“Mother and Son” (Léonor Seraille, France)
“The Quiet Girl” (Colm Bairéad, Ireland)
“RMN” (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)

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Lindsay Lowe

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