Wednesday, February 01, 2006

"Paradise Now" Nominated for Oscar

I am blown away: the Academy has nominated Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now for an Oscar, in the Foreign Language Film category. This is the first time a Palestinian film has ever been nominated, a truly historic event. I have seen it, but have not had the time to write any kind of review. And I won't now, except to say that it is great, and entirely worthy of winning the Oscar. I doubt it will win (I don't know anything about the quality of the other films nominated for best foreign film), and no doubt there will be political maneuvering against it, but the mere fact of nomination constitutes a victory in and of itself.

As for the other categories, I'm hoping that Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Capote, Transamerica, The Constant Gardener, and Syriana (especially George Clooney as supporting actor) win awards, and I hope, against hope, that Munich wins nothing.

(Earlier posts on Paradise Now, here and here).

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k said...

I don’t know about anyone else, but watching the film The War Within has given me a new perspective on terrorism against the United States, especially from a possible terrorist’s point of view. Whether the subject in the film is forced into it through brutal imprisonment or through conscience decisions the film gives a point of view rarely seen in the United States.

dagger aleph said...

I loved "Paradise Now." Usually films with political subjects are sooo heavy-handed and unsubtle. "Paradise Now", by contrast, is wonderfully restrained. It shows instead of tells.