Awards Buzz: Best Foreign Language Film

January 6, 2014 | By Adrien Sarre

Every year the Palm Springs International Film Festival brings you the world’s largest lineup of Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language film. Forty-five films will be presented, including five titles that played in PSIFF13 that we are delighted to welcome back this year. 

Please note that six more previous PSIFF selections have subsequently been honored to represent their countries this year: Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (Nepal); Color of the Chameleon (Bulgaria); Eat Sleep Die (Sweden); Neighboring Sounds (Brazil), The Cleaner (Peru) and La Playa D.C. (Colombia). We’re proud to have helped launch these films and wish them continued success. 

This year, leading contenders include Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, the follow up to his lauded 2012 Oscar® winner A Separation; Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose, which was awarded the Golden Bear and FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the 2013 Berlinale; Srdan Golubovic’s Circles which took a Special Jury Prize at Sundance; and János Szász’s Le Grand Cahier, the winner at Karlovy Vary. 

In addition, there are a number of accomplished and strikingly original first features, including The Wall, from Austria; Wadjda, from Saudi Arabia; Of Horses and Men from Iceland; and Ilo Ilo from Singapore. While most of the submissions are narratives, there are also powerful documentaries, including Rithy Panh’s outstanding The Missing Picture (Cambodia) and Markus Imhoof’s More Than Honey, from Switzerland. 

A jury of international film critics will attend the festival to view and consider this diverse showcase of films and bestow the festival’s FIPRESCI awards for best film, actor and actress. Many of our previous year’s FIPRESCI winners have gone on to garner Oscar success, so you may indeed receive a sneak preview of some of the 2014 Academy Award winners. But you will also have the opportunity to see films that you may not be able to see elsewhere, and some which may not be released theatrically in the USA. 

Please note: PSIFF 2013 presented the following films: 
The Hunt (Denmark) 
More then Honey (Switzerland) 
Renoir (France) 
Two Lives (Germany) 
The Wall (Austria)

More information and listing of films here.

Foreign language films presented in the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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