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CAST: Tadanobu Asano, Sun Hong Ley, Khulan Chuluun,
Ba Sen, Aliya, Amadu Mamadakov
Sergey Makovetsky, Sergey Garmash,
Alexey Petrenko,Yuri Stoyanov,
Sergei Gazarov, Nikita Mikhalkov
Director Sergei Bodrov introduces
his nominated film "Mongol"
Director / Actor Nikita Mikhalkov still cannot believe that his film "12" is nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. He was so surprised, that he didn't even think about the distribution of his film yet.
Nikita Mikhalkov attentively listens to the many questions of reporters from around the world.
Unfortunately, director Andrzej Wajda was not able to attend Friday's photo op, but did join the other directors at the symposium on Saturday.
Director Joseph Cedar (left) poses with cast and crew members
Lead actor Oshri Cohen and supporting actor Itay Turgeman (?) talk to the media
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and lead actor Karl Markovics
The Directors of the Oscar nominated
Best Foreign Language Films
from left to right:
Sergei Bodrov - Kazakhstan
Joseph Cedar - Israel
Stefan Ruzowitzky - Austria
Nikita Mikhalkov - Russia
Andrzej Wajda - Poland
was not able to make it in time for this event
What it's really about...
The Foreign Language Film events are my favorites of all the events during Oscars season. What fascinates and touches me most is the harmonious international collaboration of artists. Although they are competing for the Oscar, it is very clear, that these people's main interest lies in the telling of a story and not whether the film will be a blockbuster. These directors take enormous risks to make their films - not only is funding very difficult in most countries, but many films are created during times of war or experience political or social retaliations as their topics often are very controversial.
A fine example are the three pictures below. Lead actor Karl Markovics from the Austrian film "The Counterfeiters" spontaneously invited the very young supporting actor Itay Turgeman from the Israeli film "Beaufort" into the shot. Austria and Israel were considered the two front-runners in this year's Oscar race and therefore regarded as fierce competitors. However, Karl Markovics' wonderful gesture created that very special moment of unity among artists. If only the political world would follow their example...
Journalists and TV stations from around the world gathered for the Foreign Language Film Award Directors Photo Op at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Not yet familiar with the new venue, videographers and TV crews set up their cameras in an orderly fashion behind the third row seats. Photographers were ordered to sit on the left. I was confused, because I expected the usual scene - all of us on top of each other, trying to get a good shot or interview.
Teni from AMPAS must have noticed too and announced, that this was not a press conference and that everyone was welcome to get closer to the stage, once the directors and actors of the nominated films stepped on stage. She barely finished her sentence as rows of cameras were being dismantled, tripods folded, cables rolled up and cameramen raced to the front. Within seconds Teni was surrounded by eager journalists prompting her to frantically wave her arms in the air and shout: "Not yet, guys! Wait until the directors are here!!!" We could not help but laugh at the rather bizarre scene.
Not quite sure yet,
how to deal with the
new gained fame.
to get too close
Stefan Ruzowitzky tried his best to answer the candid and straight-forward questions regarding the competition between the Austrian and the Israeli film as diplomatically as possible.
When the interviewer kept insisting on getting a more direct response, the director eventually said: "I wish them the best of luck - starting with Monday (after the Oscars)."