Looking to catch as many of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees as possible before the Academy Awards take place on March 2? Unfortunately, if you’re in Atlanta, it’s going to be tough to see more than three. Here’s a rundown of the five movies nominated in the category – Italy’s The Great Beauty, Denmark’s The Hunt, Belgium’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, Palestine’s Omar and Cambodia’s The Missing Picture – and how you can view them in the Atlanta area:
THE GREAT BEAUTY
The story: An aging writer and playboy (brilliantly played by Toni Servillo) reflects on his life past and present … when he’s not partying it up, of course. Set in Rome, Paolo Sorrentino’s excellent film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and also captured the top prize at the European Film Awards.
Where you can see it in Atlanta: The Great Beauty originally opened in Atlanta in December at the Lefont Sandy Springs. But good news: It’s back and currently playing at the Plaza Atlanta.
More on The Great Beauty:
- “Movie review: The Great Beauty”
- “The Great Beauty Cracks Top 20 Italian Movies at U.S. Box Office, 1980-Present”
- “Italy and the Golden Globes: Looking Back at the Italian Movies that Won the Best Foreign Language Award”
The story: After a rough divorce, teacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is starting to piece himself back together when an untruthful remark throws his life right back into disarray. The drama from acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) was nominated for five European Film Awards and won one (Best Screenwriter)
Where you can see it in Atlanta: The Hunt is out of theaters, but the good news is that it’s available on DVD.
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
The story: In this romantic melodrama fueled by a stomping bluegrass soundtrack, tattoo shop owner Elise (Veerle Baetens) and banjo-playing Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) play lovers whose relationship is put to the test when an unexpected family tragedy hits. The film was nominated for six European Film Awards and won one (Best Actress)
Where you can see it in Atlanta: The Broken Circle Breakdown opened here in December at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Unfortunately, it had a brief run and there are no indications it will return to Atlanta prior to the Oscars. (If it wins, that could change.)
However, if you’re willing to make the drive, The Broken Circle Breakdown is opening in Macon, Ga., at the Douglass Theater on Feb. 9.
Another option could be iTunes and VOD: the official U.S. website for the film indicates it will be available via these channels starting Feb. 4. Failing that, you’ll have to wait until after the Academy Awards when the film is released on DVD on March 11.
The story: Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad fried nerves with his Oscar-winner Paradise Now, and he’s back with another tense thriller. This one centers on a Palestinian baker (Adam Bakri) arrested by Israeli authorities and forced to work as an informant. Will he go through with it, and who can he trust on either side? Won the Un Certain Regard – Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Where you can see it in Atlanta: Ugh. Omar is opening in more than 30 cities on Feb. 21, and expanding to a few more on Feb. 28, but Atlanta isn’t one of them.
In fact, outside of South Florida, there are no release dates scheduled for anywhere in the Southeast. So unless you’re up for the 500-mile drive to Sarasota, Fla., you’re out of luck.
There’s still some hope, though. Check http://adoptfilms.net/omar for updates, as it’s possible release dates may be added as we get further into February.
THE MISSING PICTURE
The story: To recreate the atrocities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, director Rithy Panh – himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s rehabilitation camps – uses clay figures, archival footage and his narration. The unusual documentary won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Where you can see it in Atlanta: Alas, not only can’t you see The Missing Picture in Atlanta prior to the Oscars, you can’t see it anywhere – the film isn’t opening until March 19, and even then only in select cities.
No Atlanta release date has been specified yet, so stay tuned on whether we’ll see this one in Georgia.