French Speaking Films at the Oscars 2013

French poster for 'Amour'

Amour (Love) is a 2012 French-language drama which has been making a sensation around the world, both among the critics and the public. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, the story set in Paris follows a couple who are retired music teachers in their eighties. While Illness, suffering, and death are themes in the film that can be difficult to watch, it is superbly balanced with a sense of magic and the beauty of life.

The film is supported by some of the most respected French actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima mon amour), and Isabelle Huppert.

After winning the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the film recently received five nominations for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Emmanuelle Riva who is the oldest nominee in this category.

Here is the trailer (with English subtitles).

War Witch ('Rebelle')

War Witch – Rebelle; lit. Rebel (fem.) in French -is a 2012 Canadian drama film shot mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Inspired by a real story, the main protagonist is a 14-year-old girl who becomes a child soldier after being kidnapped by rebels from her African village. Following her escape from the camp with an albino soldier, she begins to experience the beauty and loving qualities of a peaceful life; but new events bring back old demons.

War Witch is nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2013 Oscars.

Here is the trailer.