COUNTDOWN: 7 DAYS OF OSCAR ~ DAY 1 ~

Well here we are! For the first time in a few years, I’m bringing back the “SEVEN DAYS OF OSCARS”. You know that magical time of year where once again, I give a countdown of my top Oscar categories- who I think will win – and what my pick would be – as those two choices sometimes differ. This year I’m starting off gently “Best International Film” or as they used to call it “Best Foreign Language Feature” – and the nominees are:

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES

DRIVE MY CAR – Japan – My pick / WINNER

Hands down probably some of the best three hours of filmmaking I’ve watched in a long time, and I’m not usually someone who is good with films being that long – with the credits rolling in at around the hour mark – you’re not sure why it’s happening – but it’s okay as you’ve got two more glorious hours to watch this masterpiece of filmmaking and acting.

FLEE – Denmark

Flee was different and Flee was animated. Those are two things that can be said about this film and being honest, it was a hard watch as sometimes you equate animation with a film more of the light, Disney style. Not a hardcore story of one man’s fight for freedom along with his families plight. It definitely wasn’t a ‘light’ film.

THE HAND OF GOD – Italy

Interesting plot here – adding in one of favourite sports to the mix made it interesting, was a bit heavy handed on the religious points for me.

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM – Bhutan

Sadly, I never had a chance to view this one so it’s hard for me to rate it at all – I wasn’t able to find it playing anywhere here and by the time it came to VOD – I had forgotten until now.

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD – Norway

This was definitely an entertaining watch and I loved the lead performances, and while I know it’s the favourite of many, it doesn’t strike me as the winner.

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