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Oscar Watch: Foreign Film

by Anne Thompson
December 2, 2007 6:07 AM
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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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