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Oscar Watch: Austria’s La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

Oscar Watch: Austria's La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

La Pivellina is almost the sort of film which could win at least one of the five nominations for the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s about a child and a family living in the exotic though poor circumstances of circus performers. A beautifully authentic and touching film, it is clearly a favorite of festivals where it premiered in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2009 and thoroughly covered the festival circuit including Karlovy Vary, Toronto Vancouver, Palm Springs, Berlin, New Directors and has won the requisite awards. Represented internationally by Films Distribution, and by First Run in U.S., it has sold widely to Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzeland. My guess is it will not be nominated. The reason I think this will not win the nomination is that it is too realistic and the Academy prefers more polished production values which do not show too much grit or realism. Granted there are so many knock out films this year (my picks are Of Gods and Men, Biutiful, Incendies, In a Better World, and fighting for 5th place are Life Above All, When We Leave, Undertow, Hermano, Aftershock, Carancho, Illegal.)
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