The Cannes Film Festival favors more of the international crowd than the US, but every year there are a few movies that leak out and make a run for an Oscar in America. If you haven’t yet discovered foreign films, please give them a chance. You really do forget the subtitles after a few minutes. You could be missing out on some great films. Last year AMOUR came out of Cannes and went on to win a nomination for Best Picture and took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Palme d’Or (Best Picture at Cannes) this year went to BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. A 3 hour French film about a young lesbian couple’s coming of age story. Except for the graphic 10 minute lesbian sex scene, most Americans won’t be interested. It may compete for Best Foreign Language film, but I would even be surprised by that. A movie that played at Cannes that has a great chance at a foreign language nomination is THE PAST (Le Passe). This is Director Asghar Farhadi first film since A SEPARATION. It is about an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce. The wife is played by Bérénice Bejo (THE ARTIST) who also when Best Actress at Cannes. The reviews for THE PAST were strong after a showing in Cannes. If it is anywhere near as good as A SEPARATION, Americans will bite.