The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its nominations for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Nominees include films from Germany, Peru, Argentina, France, and Israel. See the trailers here.
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This year, the United Nations announced that Nigeria's film industry had surpassed the U.S. in numbers of feature films produced. Explore an interactive feature about the top film-producing nations and read a Q&A about the rise of "Nollywood."
Iranian students discuss how they bypass censorship and filters to find music and films, both online and in shops on the streets. They also explore the influence of Western culture and the backlash against it.
Hsin-Yin Lee, an international news editor at a Chinese newspaper, describes a recent film that has Chinese patriots buzzing. The movie features 176 stars and at least 90 settings.
Iranian film scholar Negar Mottahedeh discusses the evolution of Iranian cinema and the impact of the 1979 revolution on the industry. Watch two video clips, one from the early days of Iranian film and the other a modern comedy.
Israel's robust film industry is funded primarily with state grants, even though the themes can be highly critical of the government and at odds with conventional Israeli values. Many films explore issues from recent Israeli military history.