Museum hosts candidates for foreign film award
As the Academy Awards approach, Istanbul Modern Cinema is bringing together candidates for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The program consists of nine films that are competing in the Oscar race.Istanbul Modern art museum’s cinema is hosting foreign movie candidates for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The Oscar race will be reflected on the museum’s screen with a total of seven movies shown between Jan. 10 and Jan. 20.
As the Academy Awards approach, Istanbul Modern Cinema is bringing together candidates for nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The program consists of nine films that are competing in the Oscar race. “A Royal Affair,” a period movie set in the royal court, is the Danish entry directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die” (Cesare Deve Morire) from Italy won a Golden Bear. “The Untouchables” (Les Intouchables) directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano was a box-office hit in France and is among the top candidates for the Oscar. Romania’s entry, “Beyond the Hills” (Dupa Dealuri), an epic film about exorcism directed by Christian Mungiu, won the Award for Best Screenplay and shared the Award for Best Actress at Cannes. Spain’s “Blancanieves,” directed by Pablo Berger, combines the Spain of the 1920s, bullfighting and silent film in an unusual adaptation of the fairytale “Snow White,” which has recently been reinterpreted in many different ways. Turkey’s Oscar entry, “Where the Fire Burns” (Ateşin Düştüğü Yer), is a kind of road movie about honor killings directed by İsmail Güneş. It will also be screened as part of the program. Germany’s entry, “Barbara,” directed by Christian Petzold, and Australia’s entry, “Lore,” directed by Cate Shortland, will also be on the program.
“A Royal Affair,” a drama film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Folsgaard reflects a story set in the 18th century at the court of the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark, and focuses on the romance between the queen and the royal physician, Struensee.
“Caesar Must Die,” a 2012 Italian drama film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will also hit the screen at the museum. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear. The film was also selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
“The Untouchables,” is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy and is another Oscar race movie. In France, the film was nominated for eight Cesar Awards and earned Sy the Cesar Award for best actor.
“Beyond the Hills” is a 2012 Romanian drama film directed by Cristian Mungiu, starring Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. The narrative follows two young women at an Orthodox convent in Romania. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay, and Flutur and Stratan shared the award for Best Actress. It has been selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.
“Blancanieves,” a black-and-white silent Spanish drama film directed by Pablo Berger, is based on the fairy tale “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm. The story is set in a romantic vision of 1920s Andalusia. The film is intended to be an homage to 1920s European silent films.
Where the Fire Burns
The Turkish film “Ateşin Düştüğü Yer” (Where the Fire Burns) is the Oscar race candidate from Turkey. Based on a true story that took place in Turkey, “Where the Fire Burns” is a dark drama about 17-year-old Ayşe, who unexpectedly falls ill. After visiting a hospital, her family discovers that she not only has a heart condition but is also pregnant. According to tradition, a family council of elders and men in the family is called to decide the fate of the young woman, who has shamed her family’s name.
The decision is unanimous: Ayşe is to be executed. Ayşe’s father, Osman, is given the task of killing his daughter. She is taken by Osman on a journey from the southwestern coast of Turkey to Konya.
“Where the Fire Burns” has won the top prize of Grand Prix des Americas at the 36th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival as well as the International Federation of Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI).