And who is surprised? Well, i guess esteemed members of the FFI jury who selected it as India’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar and some other gyaani journalists who were fighting for it. This blog has always been critical about the film’s selection as a wrong choice. So i guess we are not surprised here at least.
So who all made it to the shortlist? The following 9 films.
– Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
– Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
– Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
– Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
– Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
– Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
– Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
– Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
– Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.
And do you guys spot a familiar name there? Danis Tanovic. He is one of the co-producers of The Lunchbox who had proudly said that if I could give my place to The Lunchbox, I would give it. His film was selected as Bosnian entry for the same.
I guess FFI Jury members and some of the journalists understand the Oscar game plan better than Oscar winner Tanovic.
To quote a report, “You just blew it,” he said about India’s chance at the Oscar.