Oscar Foreign Language Race Is On With Past Winners, Trans Teens and Troll Sex

Oscar Foreign Language Race Is On With Past Winners, Trans Teens and Troll Sex
The Oscars race for Best Foreign Language Film has kicked off with one past winner, another past nominee, a couple of esteemed international auteurs, a Palme d’Or winner and movies about drug runners, a transgender teen and, um, hot and sweaty troll sex.

Those are all in the first dozen-plus films submitted to the Academy by international film boards that have qualified to enter movies in the Oscars race. The first batch of submitted films range from this year’s Palme d’Or winner, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” to Lukas Dhont’s understated transgender character study “Girl” to Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” which energized Cannes audiences with its twisted tale of a woman who realizes she’s actually a troll.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the director of the German entry, “Never Look Away,” directed the Oscar-winning “The Lives of Others” more than a decade ago, while Colombian
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