Tusi Tamasese’s debut feature The Orator failed to survive the first cull by the Academy as the list of films vying for the foreign language Oscar was cut from 63 to nine.
Tamasese remains in good company, with several high profile projects also falling at the first hurdle. Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse (Hungary), which won the foreign language award at Palm Springs last weekend has gone. Zhang Yimou’s The War of Flowers was one of seven nominees for the Asian Film Awards which also disappeared from the list.
Asghar Farhadi’s much-lauded and awarded A Separation remains the hot favourite for the award. The nine films still in the running will be cut to five when the nominees are announced on 25 January (NZ time).
At present, the hats still in the ring are:
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, Belgium
Footnote, Joseph Cedar, Israel
In Darkness, Agnieszka Holland, Poland
Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, Canada
Omar Killed Me, Roschdy Zem, Morocco
Pina, Wim Wenders, Germany
Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, Wei Te-sheng, Taiwan