Case Studies of a Quartet of Prior Oscar Foreign-Language Nominees

  • Variety
Case Studies of a Quartet of Prior Oscar Foreign-Language Nominees
Although it is expensive and time-consuming to enter the Oscar race, the value of a foreign-language film nomination proves tangible to the director and, by extension, to the country’s entire cinematic output. Here are some case studies of procedure and strategy from countries that have been included in previous shortlists, and have a strong chance this year for the Oscar.

Belgium

Recent nominees

“Bullhead” (2011),

directed by Michaël R. Roskam

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (2013), directed by Felix van Groeningen

Current submission

“Girl,” directed by Lukas Dhont

At one time, the group choosing the Belgian foreign-language candidate tried to alternate between productions from the country’s two official languages, Flemish and French, but a different system was put into place five years ago. “The principle is to take the best candidate and not to have a rotation between both communities each year,” says Eric Franssen, director of Wallonie Bruxelles Images (Wbi
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