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Tribeca Film Festival awards honor many foreign films, few big names; see the full list of winners

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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Among the films juries selected for top prizes?  Australian film The Rocket, Dutch-Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and American documentary The Kill Team.

The awards were announced as the festival heads into its second and last weekend. Films will screen through Sunday, and the winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday. READ FULL STORY

Oscar reactions: Foreign films from Michael Haneke's 'Amour' to Denmark's 'A Royal Affair'

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The power and influence of foreign film has never been more apparent in recent memory when it comes to the Oscars than this year, with Michael Haneke’s beautifully frank French-language look at aging, Amour, being nominated for both best picture and best foreign language film, best director, best actress, and best original screenplay.

Other nominated movies announced Thursday morning in the best foreign language film category for the 85th annual Academy Awards, airing live on ABC Feb. 24, range from Norway’s watery expedition adventure Kon-Tiki to fellow Scandinavian country Denmark’s A Royal Affair, an 18th century set royals drama, to Chile’s NO, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, about the real-life “NO” TV ad campaign that aired during dictator Augusto Pinochet’s reign, and Canada’s War Witch, a French-language story about a teenage Congolese girl abducted by a rebel army to fight for their cause.

Austria’s Amour, with its multiple Oscar nominations and other awards season wins, has been touted as a clear frontrunner, but the category’s mix of tales based on real-life stories, political intrigue, and emotional relationships gives it some heft. Check out these reactions from the films’ directors, below:
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Analysis: Oscar foreign language shortlist spans subjects from the Kon-Tiki to Danish royals

What makes the Oscar foreign language film category so special, though unfortunately less publicized than big ticket acting, directing, and best picture categories, is its gloriously wide range and inclusion of stories American moviegoers don’t usually get to see.

Whittled down from 71 films that qualified as official entries from countries all over the globe, the Oscar foreign film shortlist of nine movies announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday showcases different cultures, approaches and people, albeit with a general focus on Europeans.

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'Hangover'-esque 'Lost in Thailand' breaks box office records in China

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Big news for a little Chinese movie: Film Business Asia and the Bangkok Post report that Lost in Thailand, a low-budget road film, is a surprise hit. In a week and change, Thailand has already broken five box office records in China — including those for best December opening and highest single-day income for a domestic movie. After just eight days of release, the flick has earned about ¥450 million — or $72.2 million.

Thailand was directed by Chinese comedian Xu Zheng, who also stars. The plot follows Xu’s character as he and a rival (Huang Bo) travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. While that premise may evoke any number of comedies, the film’s trailer invites comparison to one specific movie: The Hangover, the sequel to which — coincidence? — is set in Bangkok. See for yourself:

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Academy announces nine foreign-language films on Oscar shortlist

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Michael Haneke’s Amour and the tender French comedy, The Intouchables, were among nine films promoted to the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film category. Seventy-one films entries had been considered, and the list will further be culled down to five nominees after specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles screen them during the first weekend in January.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: READ FULL STORY

Chile's Oscar foreign film entry 'No' director on politics, freedom, and working with Gael Garcia Bernal

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As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter — in an ongoing series — is highlighting several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

No. No. NO!

For such a small word, it packs incredible, immediate power shouted in the name of freedom, as in Chile’s official Oscar foreign film entry No, directed by Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, Post Mortem) and starring Gael García Bernal.

Based on a pivotal moment in Chile’s history, the movie delves into the dueling “YES” and “NO” ad campaigns that aired on TV when dictator Augusto Pinochet scheduled a referendum in 1988, after 15 years in power, for citizens to vote “yes” or “no” to keep him as president another eight years. The movie, adapted from the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skármeta, has a gritty, realistic feel, shot on videotape and weaving in actual footage from the campaigns. Bernal plays the fictional commercials ad man René Saavedra, who heads up the creatively astute, humorous, and hopeful coalition NO campaign, which beat out the Pinochet-driven YES campaign. Each campaign had 15 minutes of TV airtime a night for 27 days, with the NO campaign’s ad relegated to late night.

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Prize Fighter: Denmark's Oscar foreign film entry 'A Royal Affair' director Nikolaj Arcel, star Mads Mikkelsen

As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter over the coming weeks will highlight several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

Danish films over the past several years have earned some major love from the Academy Awards, from director Susanne Bier’s drama In a Better World snagging the best foreign film trophy in 2011, to her movie After the Wedding, starring Danish mega lead Mads Mikkelsen, earning a nomination in 2007.

Denmark’s official 2013 Oscar entry, Nikolaj Arcel’s hybrid political-romantic period drama A Royal Affair, also starring Mikkelsen, has been touted as a contender floated towards the top of the foreign film category’s pack. Denmark may be a small country, north of Germany, south of Sweden and Norway, but it packs a punch when it comes to filmmaking. Arcel, for instance, co-wrote the screenplay for the original 2009 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, starring Swedish crossover knockout Noomi Rapace.

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