139 non-English films, from 77 countries in the world, are competing for the “Golden Globe” award for the category of films in a foreign language that it awards in its 78th session, whose concert was postponed to next February 28 due to the Corona epidemic, after it was held annually in January.
This year’s edition, according to what was published on the award’s website, which is usually held one month before the Oscars ceremony, which was in turn postponed to next April 25, is characterized by a large number of foreign films eligible to participate, especially since 37 of them directed or participated in its directed by women. The award’s fans and movie fans are waiting for the award to announce the shortlist of nominees for the prizes on February 3.
The conditions for qualifying films this year witnessed several changes due to the repercussions of Corona, as the film must be released in a foreign language in a commercial form in any country (not limited to the country of origin) and in any medium or format, including cinemas, TV, VOD or broadcast platforms. Or CDs. As for the release dates, they must be within the last 17 months, and there is no requirement for one film to participate in each country.
Nine Arab films qualified to compete for the best film in a foreign language, including “Mosul” the Iraqi American, “French-Algerian” DNA, the Palestinian “Between Heaven and Earth”, the Jordanian “200 meters”, the Sudanese “You will die at twenty” and the Tunisian. The man who sold his back, “and from Lebanon the films” Broken Keys “,” Bring Up with Your Glory, “and the Moroccan,” Oliver Asmar. “
Mayin and its Algerian roots
In the film “DNA”, French-Algerian actress and director Mayine search for her Algerian roots in a dramatic fictional and non-documentary form, as she told the Golden Globe: “I tell part of my story in the film while searching for my culture and my origins.”
“After the death of my Algerian grandfather, whose story is similar to the story of the film, I began to really live with those who passed away, and I ask myself what the dead can leave for us, and how do we live once they leave, so these ideas became an obsession and exacerbated my need to make this film.”
“DNA” tells the story of a divorced woman with 3 children, who collapses after the death of her grandfather, the Emir of an Algerian immigrant who settled in France in the early 1960s. This grandfather was the safety valve for the heroine who comes from a disjointed family.
ISIS through American eyes
“Mosul”, which is currently showing on “Netflix”, is the first Arabic-language film to be produced in Hollywood, starring Iraqi actor Suhail Dabaj, Jordanian actor Isaac Elias, Tunisian Adam Bisa, directed by Matthew Michael Karnahan, and produced by the American brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo.
The events of the film, which were filmed in Morocco, take place in an atmosphere of wars and battles that are led by 3 main men who are fighters in the Iraqi Rapid Intervention Forces, in Nineveh Governorate, which was famous for its confrontation and victory over ISIS.
Two films from Lebanon have qualified, the first entitled “The Broken Keys” by director Jimmy Keyrouz, and it tells a semi-fictional story, where the hero who lost his entire family at the hands of ISIS decides to recover the piano he inherited from his talented musician mother who was killed by the militants.
The film he chose was launched from the border region between Mosul in Iraq and Deir Ezzor in Syria, depicting how “ISIS” changed the customs and traditions of people, imposing an extremist siege on all levels.
The second film is “C-Section”, known commercially as “Brboa with Your Glory,” directed by David Oryan, and starring Gabriel Yammine, Ammar Shalak, Pamela Elkik, Shady Haddad, and Rola Bessamati who also participate in “Keys Broken”.
In an Italian-style comic, the film tells the separate stories of four married people of different social and class backgrounds, united by fate in one maternity hospital, where wives give birth to their children and where things get completely out of control.
The director told the Golden Globe: “For me, the film is a microcosm of contemporary Lebanon and it is a melting pot of ethnic, religious and cultural elements, which are divided economically and classically.
“Between earth and sky”
The events of “Between Heaven and Earth”, by Palestinian director Najwa Najjar, and starring Mona Hawa and Firas Nassar, whose events are inspired by a true story, revolving around a couple who live in the occupied West Bank and stand on the threshold of separation, so the husband obtains a 3-day permit to cross Israeli checkpoints and go to the city Nazareth to complete the divorce proceedings.
In the family context and the tragedies of crossings and borders, the Jordanian film “200 meters” by Palestinian director Amin Nayfa deals with the story of a Palestinian family separated by the Israeli Apartheid Wall, where the father lives on the Palestinian side, and the mother and children are on the Israeli side. One day, one of the sons enters the hospital when he is only 200 meters from his father. The father tries to reach him, but he needs to travel on a journey that extends to two hundred kilometers.
Ali Suleiman, Lana Zureik, Samia Al-Bakri, Ghassan Abbas, Nabil Al-Rahi, Moataz Malhees, Ghassan Al-Ashqar, Anna Amtenberger and Mahmoud Abu Aita participated in the cast. The filming of the film focused on Tulkarm, in addition to scenes in Jenin and Ramallah. The film will represent Jordan in the competition for the Oscar for a best foreign film in the 93rd edition.
First Sudanese participation
“You will die at twenty” is the first Sudanese movie to qualify for the “Golden Globe” list, and it is also the first film to be released in the country since 1989 due to the suffocating rule that suppressed cultural and artistic life.
The film deals with a bold story that criticizes the influence of popular and Sufi beliefs on society, through a child born in a village in Sudan, and his mother carried him to one of the sheikhs to bless him, but the surprise was in the sheikh’s prediction that the infant will die when he reaches the age of twenty.
The Sudanese director, residing in the Emirates, Amjad Abu Al-Ela, depicts the life of a miserable, anxious mother who lived all her life wearing black in mourning for her son who is still alive, as well as the son lived in the confinement of the prophecy that prevented him from enjoying anything in the world, even the only girl who loved and loved him.
Asylum in a Tunisian movie
From Tunisia, director Kawthar Ben Haniyeh’s film “The Man Who Sold His Back”, qualified for the “Golden Globe”, after it was shown for the first time at the Venice Film Festival.
The film narrates the suffering of Syrian refugees, the journeys of torment between more than one country, the dream of reaching Europe, the cruel dream that turns into a nightmare after arriving in her country.
The film shows the physical and material exploitation of refugees and how racist practices are practiced against them that are inconsistent with human rights principles. It stars Yahya Mahaini and Dia Lien, as well as Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Belgian actor Quinn de Boe.
Oliver Moroccan and trafficking in evil
Moroccan film “Oliver Al Asmar”, directed by Tawfiq Baba, and starring Senegalese actor Modou Mbou, in addition to the actors Hassan Rishoy, Ilham Ojri and Mohamed Al Kashir, qualified for the “Golden Globe” list.
The film sheds light on the issue of human trafficking through the story of a young African who aspires to realize his dream to reach Morocco and work in the circus field, but he gets lost in an endless and harsh desert with no water or food, and he embarks on an exciting journey full of difficulties in order to survive on Alive.