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Oscar Watch: Ireland Submits As If I Am Not There

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2011 at 2:49AM

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category for the 2012 Academy Awards.
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The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category for the 2012 Academy Awards.

As If I Am Not There joins Wim Wenders’s Pina (Germany), Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre (Finland), Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse (Hungary), Anne Sewitsky's Happy Happy (Norway) and others as foreign language contenders submitted for Oscar consideration. IndiewIRE is keeping an updated list of films submitted for the Foreign Language Academy Award.

As If I Am Not There is an atmospheric and moving feature debut from Irish director and writer Juanita Wilson (trailer posted below). The movie, based on a book by Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic, follows a young woman from Sarajevo, who is rounded up with other women from her village and imprisoned in a warehouse in Bosnia during the Balkan War of the 1990s.

Although the film takes place in the Balkans, primarily using the Serbo-Croatian language, the creative direction comes from Ireland, with Wilson and producer James Flynn at the helm. The European Film Awards named As If I Am Not There as an Official Selection and it won three top Awards at the IFTA Ceremony earlier this year.


This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Genres, Oscars, Drama, Foreign


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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.