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DAILY NEWS: Oscar Foreign Language Films; ZeroOneFilms.com Launches Network

DAILY NEWS: Oscar Foreign Language Films; ZeroOneFilms.com Launches Network

DAILY NEWS: Oscar Foreign Language Films; ZeroOneFilms.com Launches Network

by Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi

>> Films from 47 Countries Submitted for Oscar Consideration

Films from 47 countries have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences
for consideration as the Best Foreign Language Film of
1999. According to the Academy, this marks the first year that Bhutan,
Nepal and Tajikistan have submitted films for consideration.

The Academy accepts one film from any particular country, with the movie
submitted selected by a jury of filmmakers from that country. AMPAS’
Foreign Language Film Award Committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson,
will select the five nominees. The Academy Award nominations will be
announced on February 15, 2000 and the awards will be presented on Sunday,
March 26, 2000. [Eugene Hernandez]

This year’s Foreign Language Film submissions are as follows:

— Argentina, “Manuelita,” Manuel Garcia Ferre, director

— Austria, “Northern Skirts,” Barbara Albert, director

— Belgium, “Rosetta,” Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, directors

— Bhutan, “The Cup,” Khyentse Norbu, director

— Brazil, “Orfeu,” Carlos Diegues, director

— Canada, “Set Me Free,” Lea Pool, director

— China, “Lover’s Grief over the Yellow River,” Feng Xiao Ning, director

— Colombia, “Time Out,” Sergio Cabrera, director

— Croatia, “Red Dust,” Zrinko Ogresta, director

— Czech Republic, “Return of the Idiot,” Sasa Gedeon, director

— Denmark, “Mifune,” Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, director

— Finland, “The Tough Ones,” Aleksi Makela, director

— France, “East-West,” Regis Wargnier, director

— Georgia, “Here Comes the Dawn,” Zaza Urushadze, director

— Germany, “Aimee & Jaguar,” Max Farberbock, director

— Greece, “From the Edge of the City,” Constantinos Giannaris, director

— Hong Kong, “Ordinary Heroes,” Ann Hui, director

— Hungary, “The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest,” Miklos Jancso, director

— Iceland, “The Honour of the House,” Gudny Halldorsdottir, director

— India, “Earth,” Deepa Mehta, director

— Indonesia, “Sri,” Marselli Sumarno, director

— Iran, “The Colours of Paradise,” Majid Majidi, director

— Israel, “Yana’s Friend,” Arik Kaplun, director

— Italy, “Not of this World,”Giuseppe Piccioni, director

— Japan, “Railroad Man,” Yasuo Furuhata, director

— Lebanon, “Around the Pink House,” Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas,

— Mexico, “El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba,” Arturo Ripstein, director

— Nepal, “Caravan,” Eric Valli, director

— The Netherlands, “Scratches in the Table,” Ineke Houtman, director

— Norway, “The Prompter,” Hilde Heier, director

— Peru, “Captain Pantoja and the Special Services,” Francisco J. Lombardi,

— The Philippines, “The Kite,” Gil M. Portes, director

— Poland, “Pan Tadeusz,” Andrzej Wajda, director

— Portugal, “The Mutants,” Teresa Villaverde, director

— Romania, “The Famous Paparazzo“, Nicolae Margineanu, director

— Russia, “Moloch,” Alexander Sokurov, director

— Slovakia, “All My Loved Ones,” Matej Minac, director

— Spain, “All About My Mother,” Pedro Almodovar, director

— Sweden, “Under the Sun,” Colin Nutley, director

— Switzerland, “Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland,” Daniel Schmid,

— Tajikistan, “Luna Papa,” Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, director

— Taiwan, “March of Happiness,” Lin Cheng-sheng, director

— Turkey, “Mrs. Salkim’s Diamonds,” Tomris Gintlioglu, director

— United Kingdom (Wales), “Solomon and Gaenor,” Paul Morrison, director

— Venezuela, “Glue Sniffer,” Elia Schneider, director

— Vietnam, “Three Seasons,” Tony Bui, director

— Yugoslavia, “The White Suit,” Lazar Ristovski, director.

>> ZeroOnefilms.com, Inc. Announces Movie Network

ZeroOnefilms, www.01film.com , is launching a movie network on the web.
The site, which has been in the test phase since mid-August, will
include short films and features. The films will be available 24 hours
a day, seven days week and will be shown at 300k for high-speed Internet
users and 56K for phone dial users.

So far ZeroOnefilms has acquired several hundred films and is in
negotiations for hundreds more. According to a prepared release the
“network is ready to offer additional specialized programming including:
a documentary channel, history channel, biography channel, music video
channels, a foreign film channel, a movie trailer and behind the scenes
channel, a celebrity interview channel and channels produced especially
for the internet such as computer gaming channels, Sports channels,
animation channels and channels devoted to special events such as film
festivals, interest groups, associations and professional organizations.” The network will also offer community forums, chats and messaging. In the future ZeroOnefilms will offer “pay per view” and “subscription” channels where they will share the revenue with their film suppliers. [Maya Churi]

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