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Oscar News: BIUTIFUL to be Mexico’s Foreign Film submission, HEREAFTER gets limited run

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 27th, 2010

Now this is some interesting Oscar news.

Even in the face of rather middling reviews coming out of the festival circuit, Deadline is reporting that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s film, BIUTIFUL, will be pushed for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, as it has been designated as Mexico’s submission to this year’s Academy Awards.

The film follows Uxbal, who is able to talk to the dead, has a bi-polar ex-wife, and is a black market dealer. So it’s the uplifting family comedy of the year.

Sarcasm aside, the film did not make the critical splash that one previously would have thought, but the film will hit this year thanks to Roadside Attractions in limited release on December 29, so you can make up your own mind at that time. I genuinely can’t wait for this film, as I will give Inarritu the benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong, so this is one I’m more than interested in. What about you?

In other Oscar-related buzz, Deadline is also reporting that Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER will hit select theaters in New York, LA, and Toronto on October 15, a week before hitting theaters nationwide. The film stars Matt Damon, and hasn’t been received quite the way we all originally thought, particularly after hitting the Toronto International Film Festival with rather toxic buzz. However, as with BIUTIFUL, it’s a wait and see. It looks to have great performances, and while I’m not a fan of Clint Eastwood’s latest films, it does look like an interesting project.

What do you think?

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