(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
With the Lunar New Year recently passing, it’s fitting that a lot of our picks for the best foreign movies and TV streaming this week are Asian properties. Whether it’s an enthralling zombie series set in medieval Korea, a kooky family comedy mixed with an LGBT romance, or an anthology series showcasing Asian folklore, we’re ringing the Year of the Pig in right. But not everything in this week’s Pop Culture Imports hails from the Asian continent — we also have the Oscar-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu Spanish drama starring Javier Bardem and the fantastically absurd Asterix & Obelix live-action film featuring Gerard Depardieu in giant balloon pants.
But it’s no question that we lucked out with this week’s selection of foreign movies and TV streaming across digital platforms. So let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Next week, five films will be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Today though, from the list of 65 films that were originally announced as eligible, the Academy has released a shortlist of nine films that remain contenders, four of which will soon get the short end of the stick. What films made the list? One of them is pictured above, read the full list after the jump. Read More »
Don’t expect to see Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild’s rules restrict nominations to productions aren’t produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines.
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The holiday season release date shuffle continues. First Gulliver’s Travels was moved, then Blue Valentine, and next is the Golden Globe nominated Best Foreign Language film Biutiful, written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. Originally scheduled for limited release December 29, it’ll now bow on January 28, right after the Oscar nominations are announced. (EDIT: The limited release date remains the same, so if you’re in LA/NYC you can see the film this month. Everyone else gets the movie in January.) Bardem won best actor at Cannes this year and the film is the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
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We’ve seen two trailers so far for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s festival hit Biutiful, which boasts a performance from Javier Bardem that has been hailed as one of the year’s best. Those clips were a sales reel and an international trailer. Now that Roadside Attractions has taken a moment to plan a release pattern for the film, we have a domestic trailer to complement the previous ads. Read More »
Two weeks ago there was word that the small company Roadside Attractions would be the outfit to distribute Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful in the US. Now there is confirmation that the company has bought rights to the film and will bring it to US theaters in December. How many theaters? Good question. Can we get back to you on that? But Javier Bardem won the Best Actor award for the film at Cannes, so there’s a reasonable chance that the film will score a little extra award season attention for Roadside Attractions. [Anne Thompson]
After the break, All Good Things, the dramatic feature by Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki, is picked up by Magnolia. Read More »
At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Best Actor award went to Javier Bardem for his performance in Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Though Bardem also won considerable praise from the press for his work, Iñárritu’s movie as a whole wasn’t embraced quite so heartily. That might be part of the reason that a US distribution deal has taken some time to come together. But now Roadside Attractions seems to be stepping up to the plate. Read More »
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Focus Features has released an international movie trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s (21 Grams, Babel) latest film Biutiful, which stars Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) as a man involved in a bunch of illegal dealings who learns that he might be dying of Cancer. He is a single father of two children, dealing with issues of mortality and legacy. His former wife is a druggie who is not responsible enough to take care of herself, nevermind the children. How will his children live on when he must leave this world? And what does this mean for him? How does a man come to grips with the fact that his time is up. What does he do? How does one make things right.
I screened the film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and will tell you that Bardem’s performance is masterful, sure to be the subject of the end of the year award nominations, and worth the price of admission alone. Inarritu wrote the script himself, his first stand alone effort after much-publicized break-up with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and you can definitely tell. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The 63rd Cannes Film Festival has come to a close. And while I still have a couple more reviews to file, I must first write about the awards. As you know, Tim Burton presided over the official Jury this year at the festival, and Sunday night the prize winners were revealed during the closing Ceremony. Full results after the jump.
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