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Oscar Watch: Japan Picks Foreign Entry 'Our Homeland'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 5, 2012 at 4:28PM

Japan has picked its Academy Award foreign-language submission: Berlin entry "Our Homeland." A panel of seven chose the film from 22 nominations. The film opened in Japan in August; here's THR's review.
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'Our Homeland'
'Our Homeland'

Japan has picked its Academy Award foreign-language submission: Berlin entry "Our Homeland." A panel of seven chose the film from 22 nominations. The film opened in Japan in August; here's THR's review.

In this autobiographical debut feature from Yang Yong-hi, a South Korean (Arata Iura) who was sent to live in North Korea, after 25 years in exile, returns to visit his family in Japan under the eye of a government watchdog (Yang Ik-June). The director is a second-generation Korean now living in Japan.

Yang has directed documentaries including "Sona, the Other Myself" (2010) and "Dear Pyongyang" (2005).

The deadline for submitting foreign language entries is October 1. The Academy will announce the five nominees on January 15. [Variety.]
 

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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.