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‘Ida’ and ‘Force Majeure’ Directors Talk Golden Globes, Favorite Foreign Oscar Contenders

'Ida' and 'Force Majeure' Directors Talk Golden Globes, Favorite Foreign Oscar Contenders

As expected, Poland’s “Ida” and Sweden’s “Force Majeure” deservedly landed Golden Globes nominations at the crack of dawn this morning for Best Foreign Language Film. Both films are at the front of the foreign Oscar running, along with fellow Globes nominees “Leviathan” (Russia), “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Israel) and surprise fifth Globe honoree “Tangerines” (Estonia).

I jumped on the phone with Pawel Pawlikowski and Ruben Ostlund, both of whom gave TOH! great interviews this awards season. The directors share their thoughts on the Globes, as well as their favorite foreign contenders, below:

“Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski:

“Who would’ve thought? It was a great surprise. Well, the vibe was positive; it wasn’t such a surprise. But I was thrilled. It’s got this bit of reach. I thought I was making a small film on a big subject, but it just floated out there. And also it’s a really good year for foreign films, so it’s a good company to be in, so I’m thrilled in all possible ways. I like ‘Leviathan,’ ‘Force Majeure,’ ‘Mommy,’ which is a really special, original, unique film, and ‘Winter Sleep.’ Nuri Bilge Ceylan is my favorite director anyway.”

READ MORE: A Conversation with Pawel Pawlikowski on the Making of “Ida”

I asked him if he’s feeling overwhelmed by the awards circuit whirlwind: “I’ve had to switch my internal clock around somehow. I bring a bit of a guerrilla in my approach to filmmaking, I like coming from the fields and making a bit of impact and then disappearing. This visibility is totally new. I have to get used to it but it’s fantastic. It’s just unusual.. it’s been a year on this rollercoaster and tomorrow we’re off to the European Film Awards in Riga.”

“Force Majeure” Director Ruben Östlund:

“I was so nervous because the reactions have been so good in the US. We were hoping for this to happen, and when you get spoiled by good reactions you are more afraid of being disappointed than being happy so it was almost like a relief. I didn’t dare to watch it but I had a couple of friends who watched it and they were sending me text messages.”

“I’m afraid of ‘Ida’! I’m too competitive to say what [Pawel] did. I have seen it and it’s very well done. Also ‘Leviathan’ will be really hard to beat. But there are so many good films in the foreign language lineup this year. It’s an honor to be here.”

READ MORE: Ruben Östlund on Directing ‘Force Majeure,’ Messing with Gender Roles

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