Posted on September 26, 2016

The Calgary International Film Festival is pleased to announce that eight of its films are now official submissions to the Academy Awards® in the Foreign Language Category: IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Canada), NERUDA (Chile), MOTHER (Estonia), ELLE (France), TONI ERDMANN (Germany), THE SALESMAN (Iran), BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH (Saudi Arabia) and JULIETA (Spain).

Xavier Dolan’s IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD marks the third time that Dolan’s film is Canada’s entry. His previous two films, MOMMY and I KILLED MY MOTHER, have both played at CIFF in the past.

NERUDA marks the fourth time a Pablo Larraín film will represent Chile. Of his three previous films to represent Chile, TONY MANERO, NO, THE CLUB, NO played in CIFF 2012.

This is the first time a film from Estonia and Saudi Arabia is playing at CIFF, so we are delighted that both MOTHER and BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH are their nation’s representatives.

ELLE marks Paul Verhoeven’s French-language debut. This is the fifth time a Verhoeven film will be in the running for the Foreign Language category, although his previous four films represented his native Holland: TURKISH DELIGHT (1973), SOLDIER OF ORANGE (1977), THE FOURTH MAN (1983), BLACK BOOK (2006).

TONI ERDMANN is one of the top critically-acclaimed films of the year and it is great to see Maren Ade finally getting the acclaim she deserves. Ade was in Calgary back in 2009 when her powerful EVERYONE ELSE competed for the $25,000 Mavericks prize at CIFF 2009.

Iran’s submission of Asghar’s Farhadi’s gripping THE SALESMAN means this is the fourth time that Farhadi’s film is representing his country. Two of those previous three films, A SEPARATION and THE PAST, have played at CIFF with the third film being ABOUT ELLY.

Pedro Almodóvar is no stranger to the Oscars Foreign Language Category with his JULIETA being the sixth time Spain has chosen his film to represent them at the Academy Awards. The last time an Almodóvar film was Spain’s entry was back in 2006 with VOLVER, which was one of the closing gala films for CIFF 2006.

Both Almodóvar and Farhadi have won the Foreign Language Oscar once, with Almodóvar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER taking the prize in 2009 and Farhadi’s A SEPARATION walking away with the honours in 2011.

The final deadline for countries to submit their entry is Oct 3. So there is still time for another of CIFF’s foreign language films to represent their country.

With the exception of Dolan’s film, seven of the remaining films have at least one more screening at CIFF 2016. All seven films will be playing at Eau Claire:

THE SALESMAN screens on Tuesday, Sept 27 at 6:45 pm;
NERUDA is screening on Tuesday, Sept 27th as well at 7:15 pm;
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH is showing on Wednesday Sept 28 (7:30 pm) and on Saturday Oct 1 (2 pm);
MOTHER has its second and final show on Thursday Sept 29 at 4:45 pm;
JULIETA is showing on Thursday Sept 29th at 7:15 pm and on Saturday Oct 1 at 1:30 pm;
TONI ERDMANN has its second and final show on Friday, Sept 30 at 9:15 pm;
ELLE has its second show on Saturday Oct 1 at 6:30 pm.

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