There are several European movies in the running for the Best Foreign film Oscar this year but the hot favourite for the award is Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’.
The Iranian director is boycotting the ceremony over President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban which some say has boosted the chances of his film
winning. If so, it would be Farhadi’s second success in the category after he took the golden statuette in 2012 for ‘A Separation’.
Speaking in January, while promoting the film in the US, Farhadi said: “I don’t wish for my audience to expect that every film that I make I should garner the greatest number of awards or that it should necessarily receive awards. This is quite a limitation on me.”
“The Salesman” is the story of a couple whose relationship sours during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
Its main rival for the award is German film “Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade, whose film tells the story of a father trying to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.
It won Best Film at the European Film Awards, and could become the first comedy since “The Barbarian Invasions” in 2003 to win best foreign language picture at the Oscars.
‘Mr Ove’ is the Swedish entry in the category. The dramatic comedy is adapted from Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel about a cantankerous widower (Rolf Lassgärd) who befriends a neighboring Iranian family. The film has become the highest-grossing foreign-language movie of the year in the USA.
Another European hopeful is Denmark’s war drama “Land of Mine” by Martin Zandvliet. The film follows the fortunes of German POWs forced to dig up two million land-mines with their bare hands.
‘Tanna’ is a Romeo and Juliet style drama set on the South Pacific island of the same name. The film from directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean is the first to score a nomination for Australia, which has submitted 10 titles since 1996.