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France and Taiwan Select Foreign-Language Oscar Entries 'Renoir' and 'Soul'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2013 at 11:33AM

More news on the Foreign-Language Oscar entry front. France has selected "Renoir," directed by Gilles Bourdos, for the race, while Taiwan has nominated psychological horror-thriller "Soul," helmed by Chung Mung-hong.
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"Soul"
"Soul"

More news on the Foreign-Language Oscar entry front. France has selected "Renoir," directed by Gilles Bourdos, for the race, while Taiwan has nominated psychological horror-thriller "Soul," helmed by Chung Mung-hong.

"Renoir," which played in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section in 2012, centers on the life of painter Auguste Renoir (played by Michel Bouquet) during World War I on the French Riviera, and his young son, Jean, who would grow up to be renowned filmmaker Jean Renoir ("The Rules of the Game"). The film hit theaters stateside back in the spring. (French production "Blue Is the Warmest Color," which won this year's Palme d'Or, didn't meet the release date criteria to be eligible as France's official Oscar selection.)

"Soul" centers on a sous chef (played by Joseph Chang) who is moved to his home town and into the care of his father (martial arts veteran Jimmy Wong) when he becomes ill. When it becomes apparent that the young man's body is possessed by psychopathic forces, his father proves he will do anything to protect him.

Meanwhile, on September 13 Saudi Arabia nominated "Wadjda," and the Netherlands nominated "Borgman." A running list of all nominations thus far is here.

The five Oscar nominations for Best Foreign-Language Film will be announced January 16, 2014.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Renoir


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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.