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Foreign Films Screen in Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2011 at 6:49AM

Los Angeles foreign film fans have a chance to see the five Golden Globe foreign nominees at the American Cinematheque: including Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy) and In A Better World (Denmark).
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Los Angeles foreign film fans have a chance to see the five Golden Globe foreign nominees at the American Cinematheque: including Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy) and In A Better World (Denmark).

Many of the foreign Oscar submissions are showing at the Palm Springs International Film Festival starting this weekend, which has unaccountably not programmed its panel of foreign filmmakers this year--taking them on retreat instead. (What about the public?) One of the hottest tickets in L.A. is the February pre-Oscar Show interview conducted by the head of the Academy's foreign branch, Mark Johnson, with the five directors of the foreign Oscar nominees, which is only open to active foreign Oscar voters.

February's Santa Barbara Film Festival, which announced its line-up Thursday, also features a big selection of foreign fare.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Oscars, Golden Globes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.