Oscar nominated foreign language films

Travel and explore cultures through foreign movies


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When thinking about movies, Hollywood may come to mind. However, not all great movies are made in Hollywood or in the English language. According to agoodmovietowatch.com,most good foreign movies are in fact as agreeable as any American movie, if not more.”

Freshman Annalise Gellene states, “I would love to watch a foreign language film because you get to immerse yourself into a culture through a film.”

Similarly, Freshman Niki Haghshenas states, “I think foreign language films offer nice cultural insight and a whole new spectrum of film to explore and enjoy.”

According to indiewire.com, an online publication covering TV news, the 2015 Danish-German movie Land of Mine is predicted to win an Oscar. IMDB, a source for movie information, notes that the movie is based at the beginning of World War two. German prisoners of war are being forced to defuse millions of mines buried along Danish beaches. This Danish-German movie received numerous awards including the European Film Award and the NBR Award.

Next on indiewire’s list is A Man Called Ove. This drama/comedy filled movie is also nominated for an Oscar. According to Rotten Tomatoes, which is one of the most trusted sites for movie reviews, “Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life.” This movie is based on the New York Times best selling novel, A Man Called Ove.

The 2017 movie, The Salesman is a drama and thriller from Iran. According to Rolling Stone, a magazine focusing on popular culture, The Salesman, “opens the film with a literal tremor.” Rana, lives in an apartment with her husband Emad. Rana makes the horrible mistake of letting a man whom she mistakens to be her husband into her apartment. When Emad arrives home, he discovers his wife in an unconscious state. Emad launches an investigation to hunt down the man that harmed his wife.

German film director Maren Ade directed the Oscar nominated movie, Toni Erdmann. The Guardian, a weekly news site, states, “following the death of his dog, her larky father, Winfried, comes to stay. It goes badly. Concerned, he returns, wearing a wig and false teeth, in disguise of a life coach called Toni.” During his stay with Ines, she reveals her true, heartwarming emotions and is no longer the strict business woman she always was. Receiving many awards, including the European Film Award for Best Film, Toni Erdmann is, “insightful and sometimes very funny film about a prank-prone dad trying to lighten up his serious businesswoman daughter.