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‘Roma’ Gets Company: Why the Foreign Language Oscar Race Is Heating Up — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican drama may be the frontrunner, but it's not alone in the foreign language race.

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Ever since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, “Roma” has been the sensation of the fall season. It won Venice’s Golden Lion, wowed critics from Telluride to TIFF, and stands to continue that crowdpleasing trajectory at the New York Film Festival. As Netflix enters awards season with an Oscar campaign off to the races, Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white paean to his youth in Mexico seems like an obvious frontrunner for best foreign language film, in addition to other major categories. But “Roma” is going to have a lot of company from around the world, as several countries have now revealed the movies they will be submitting to the race, from Israel to Sweden. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss which foreign language contenders they’ve already seen — and which ones have already dropped out of the running. They also touch on Michael Moore’s new documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” opening this weekend, a new frontrunner in an increasingly competitive documentary race, and the newly refurbished the L.A. Film Festival (now underway).

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