This year I managed to see 49 of the 65 films that were entered in the foreign language category for the Academy Awards, including all five of the nominees. This was an unusually strong year, with many films worth recommending. Last year, I thought the five nominees were all good choices. Unfortunately, this year was different, and two of the five nominees were not even in my top ten, much less my top five. Here is a rundown on the nominees, as well as several noteworthy films that were not nominated.
This was an exceptionally good year for Latin Americans films. In addition to the two nominees, there are three more that are especially worthy of note, particularly for their political content.