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Oscar Watch: Foreign Film

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 2, 2007 at 6:07AM

If you're interested in the foreign Oscar race, The Film Experience, which collects info on all 63 foreign Oscar submissions, is a good place to start. And Cinemascope takes the temperature of the foreign race.
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B_homeIf you're interested in the foreign Oscar race, The Film Experience, which collects info on all 63 foreign Oscar submissions, is a good place to start. And Cinemascope takes the temperature of the foreign race.

Awards Daily projects that one surefire Oscar contender will be the Austrian submission The Counterfeiters, which Sony Pictures Classics is releasing. I agree that it's a strong competitor. It's an old cliche that the Academy is susceptible to a good holocaust drama, but in this case, the movie is based on a true story with an unusual twist. A concentration camp sets up an elite unit of skilled prisoners with a mission: to print money to fund the Nazi war effort. The prisoners want to survive, but they also want the Germans to lose. The movie delivers.

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Other strong contenders include the Palme d'Or and European Film Award winner from Romania, the abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (IFC Films), Mexican Carlos Reygados's pastoral Silent Light (Tartan), Italian Giuseppe Tornatore's melodramatic The Unknown Woman (Outsider Pictures), Lebanon's Caramel (Roadside Attractions), German Fatih Akin's Edge of Heaven (Strand), and Marjane Satrapi's animated French film, Persepolis (SPC).

Here's the Counterfeiters trailer:

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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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.