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For the third year in a row, and the 7th overall, Canada was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language category, for Rebelle. Monsieur Lazhar was nominated in 2011 and Incendies was nominated in 2010. It has no shot at winning though, Austria's Amour will take the Oscar (Amour was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Picture)


Still, Quebec cinema is on fire!




For the third time in three years, Quebec will be represented in the Oscar category for best foreign language film. Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch) received the green light as nominations were announced in L.A. Thursday morning. Nguyen will be competing against Michael Haneke’s Amour (Austria), Pablo Larraín’s No (Chile), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki (Norway) and Nicolaj Arkel’s A Royal Affair (Denmark).


Rebelle tells the story of child soldiers in sub-Saharan Africa. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, where it won a prize from the Ecumenical jury and Rachel Mwanza won best actress; it went on to win best film at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, where Mwanza again took best actress.


Another Quebec film, Yan England’s Henry, was nominated for best short film; Buzkashi Boys, produced by Montrealer Ariel Nast, was also nominated in the category.


The Academy Awards take place Feb. 24.

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Malheureusement, les gens d'ici ne vont pas le voir souvent. Et les films en nominations ne sont jamais les plus populaires dans les salles. Triste réalité, comme dans d'autres domaines. L'OSM ne vend jamais autant que Marie-Mai, Marie Chouinard n'a pas le 10e de la renommée auprès du grand public qu'une poufiasse quelconque d'Occupation double, etc.


Mais bon, je suis bien content de voir que ce qui se fait de bon et beau reçoit le mérite qui lui est dû, du moins par les pairs. Bravo!

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