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Italy's 'The Great Beauty' looking good for Oscar win

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 01:27

Feb. 26 - The Oscars are just days away and Italian drama 'The Great Beauty' is slight favourite to win Best Foreign Language Film, with Denmark's 'The Hunt' another big contender. Francis Maguire reports.

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The race for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars looks to be a close call. The current favourite is Paolo Sorrentino's Italian drama "The Great Beauty". It follows a successful novelist who wanders the streets of Rome after celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday, only to find a sense of personal unfulfilment. Belgium's "Broken Circle Breakdown" isn't far behind in the betting odds. It's based on the stage play of the same name and follows a couple whose love for bluegrass music unites them over a seven year relationship. Another contender for the Oscar is Danish film "The Hunt". Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the movie depicts a man who becomes the target of mass hysteria when he's wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child. "Omar" is Palestine's second ever foreign-language nomination at the Oscars. The thriller follows a young Palestinian man who's forced to co-operate with Israeli authorities. And rounding out the category is Cambodia's French-language documentary "The Missing Picture". The film uses clay figurines to tell the story of the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge. "The Missing Picture" is the first ever Cambodian film to score an Oscar nomination. We'll find out who picks up the Oscar on March second.

Italy's 'The Great Beauty' looking good for Oscar win

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 01:27

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