Oscars: French “horror” film “Titane”, submitted by France not shortlisted, Almodovar missing for stupid reason


Homepage price Oscars: the French “horror” film “Titane”, submitted by France, failed to make a short …

The Academy has spoken. The Foreign Films branch has announced its preselection and left out “Titanium” by Julia Ducournau, improbable winner of the Palme D this year or at the Cannes Film Festival.

I’m not surprised.

Although “Titanium” is considered avant-garde by some, it gave me nightmares – twice. It’s a punk horror film that goes way beyond the Oscars. In it, the main character, a very fluid young woman, has an ex with a Cadillac and gives birth to a baby with metallic thorns. And that is the least objectionable part.

France submitted “Titane” as an official entry and was refused. It’s that simple.

Meanwhile, Spain did not choose Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” as their Oscar entry. Instead, they put “The Good Boss”. It was a mistake. Obviously, some sort of policy at the Spanish Film Commission was involved. They will now waste a lot of time. Frankly, “Parallel Mothers” should be nominated for Best Picture, and Penelope Cruz should be nominated for Best Actress. Almodovar should be named Best Director and Best Screenplay. I doubt that will happen, but it should.

The winner will likely be “Drive My Car” from Japan, already the best film chosen by film critics in New York and Los Angeles. It’s long, and a bit slow, but the overall effect is overwhelming. Still, I don’t understand how a movie about people driving 1980s Saabs in Japan doesn’t include a scene of fetching gas. Or see a mechanic. Me? I loved “A Hero”.

Austria, “Great Freedom”
Belgium, “Aire de jeux”
Bhutan, “Lunana: a yak in the classroom”
Denmark, “Flee”
Finland, “Compartment n ° 6”
Germany, “I am your man”
Iceland, “Lamb”
Iran, “a hero”
Italy, “The hand of God”
Japan, “Drive my car”
Kosovo, “Beehive”
Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”
Norway, “The worst person in the world”
Panama, “Plaza Catedral”
Spain, “The good boss”


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are published by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the film and television branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years, including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid-90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t so. mad) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.