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Friday, February 3, 2017

89th Oscars: Best Foreign Language Film

The nominees are:

Land of Mine

Country: Denmark
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Plot: A group of German POWs are forced by the Danish government to defuse millions of land mines buried on Danish beaches at the conclusion of WWII.

Director's Oscar History: first nominated film

A Man Called Ove

Country: Sweden
Director: Hannes Holm
Plot: An ill-tempered retiree whose days are filled by enforcing block association rules forms an unlikely friendship with his new neighbors.

Director's Oscar History: first nominated film

The Salesman

Country: Iran
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Plot: A couple finds that their relationship begins to fall apart as they act together in a performance of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

Director's Oscar History: Second nominated film. Previous film, A Separation won Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards


Country: Australia
Director: Martin Butler & Bentley Dean
Plot: The story of a couple living on the South Pacific island of Tanna who decide to marry for love, disobeying their parents' wishes by doing so.

Director's Oscar History: first nominated film

Toni Erdmann

Country: Germany
Director: Maren Ade
Plot: A father who loves practical jokes tries to loosen up his uptight and seemingly unhappy daughter by creating a larger than life character and using it to crash her life by posing as her "life coach."

Director's Oscar History: first nominated film

What I've Seen: None

Predicted Winner: The Salesman

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