As representatives of press outlets from more than 50 countries worldwide, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have always attached great value to the Foreign Film category. Not only are non-English language movies indicative of the intrinsically international nature of the film business and examples of global excellence, they are also windows into humanity in all its facets and idioms, contributing, as only art can, to further understanding between all people.
Since the very early days the Best Foreign Language award has been an integral part of the Golden Globes. The first “Foreign Globe” was awarded in 1949 to Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist classic, The Bicycle Thief and since then winners have included such directors as Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman and Roman Polanski. This year’s nominees, chosen from an extraordinarily strong field of 58 eligible films from 48 countries, are Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adéle, Chapitres 1 et 2) from France, Italy’s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The Danish film The Hunt (Jagten), The Past (Le Passé) from Iran and from Japan, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu).
To further celebrate them, this Saturday, January 11, at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater the HFPA will host its annual Foreign Film Director’s symposium, in collaboration with the American Cinematheque. The panel is a unique occasion to hear these exceptional directors discuss their work and answer questions from the audience, as well as moderator Mike Goodridge. And if you can’t make it to Hollywood you can still see the symposium in Live Streaming, right here, Saturday beginning at 4 pm ET (1 pm PT).
Also all this week the Cinematheque is screening the five nominees at the historic Aero Theater in Santa Monica. (More info here)
Our profiles of the nominees:
To read more on Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adéle, Chapitres 1 et 2) - Click Here!
To read more on The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) - Click Here!
To read more on The Hunt (Jagten) - Click Here!
To read more on The Past (Le Passé) - Click Here!
To read more on The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) - Click Here!