The upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen South Korea's Oscar submission"The Front Line" in its Awards Buzz section. The section will feature 40 of the 63 official submissions the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. The 40 films were selected by festival programmers as the strongest entries in this year's race. The 2012 PSIFF will run Jan. 5 – 16.
Directed by Jang Hoon, "The Front Line" is set during the Korean War on a hotly contested patch of mountain. SHIN Ha-kyun stars as a South Korean officer sent to investigate a mysterious death and finds an old friend (Ko Soo) whom he thought had died as a prisoner of war two years before.
Well Go USA picked up the film's North American rights from international sales company Showbox / Mediaplex earlier this year.
A special jury of international film critics at PSIFF will review the Awards Buzz films to present the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Actress. The jury members are Mario ABBADE from Almanaque Virtual, Correio Braziliense and Globo (Brazil) and President and Curator of the Rio de Janeiro Association of Film Critics; Nathan LEE, former film critic for the New York Times, Village Voice, and NPR, currently contributing editor of Film Comment magazine (US) ; and Boyd VAN HOEIJ, critic for Variety, Winq (Netherlands) , Mate (US/UK) , Filmkrant (Netherlands) and Indiewire (US) .
The Awards Buzz films in alphabetical order by country are as follows, by title/country/director.
•Breathing (Austria) Karl Markovics
•Bullhead (Belgium/Netherlands) Michaël R. Roskam
•Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Brazil) Jose Padilha
•Tilt (Bulgaria/Germany) Viktor Chouchkov
•Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) Philippe Falardeau
•The Flowers of War (China) Yimou Zhang
•Alois Nebel (Czech Republic/Germany) Tomáš Lunák
•Superclásico (Denmark) Ole Christian Madsen
•Le Havre (Finland/France, Germany) Aki Kaurismäki
•Declaration of War (France) Valérie Donzelli
•Pina (Germany) Wim Wenders
•Attenberg (Greece) Athina Rachel Tsangari
•A Simple Life (Hong Kong/China) Ann Hui
•The Turin Horse (Hungary/France, Germany, Switzerland) Bela Tarr
•Volcano (Iceland/Denmark) Rúnar Rúnarsson
•Abu, Son of Adam (India) Salim Ahamed
•A Separation (Iran) Asghar Farhadi
•Footnote (Israel) Joseph Cedar
•Terraferma (Italy) Emanuele Crialese
•Postcard (Japan) Kaneto Shindo
•"The Front Line" (Korea) Jang Hoon
•Back to Your Arms (Lithuania/Germany, Poland) Kristijonas Vildziunas
•Miss Bala (Mexico) Gerardo Naranjo
•Omar Killed Me (Morocco/France) Roschdy Zem
•Sonny Boy (Netherlands) Maria Peters
•The Orator (New Zealand/Samoa) Tusi Tamasese
•Happy, Happy (Norway) Anne Sewitsky
•In Darkness (Poland/Canada/Germany) Agnieszka Holland
•Jose and Pilar (Portugal/Spain, Brazil) Miguel Goncalves Mendes
•Morgen (Romania/France, Hungary) Marian Crisan
•Montevideo - Taste of a Dream (Serbia) Dragan Bjelogrlic
•Tatsumi (Singapore/Indonesia) Eric Khoo
•Gypsy (Slovakia) Martin Sulík
•Black Bread (Spain) Agustí Villaronga
•Beyond (Sweden/Finland) Pernilla August
•Summer Games (Switzerland/Italy) Rolando Colla
•Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan) Te-Sheng Wei
•Once Upon a time in Anatolia (Turkey/Bosnis-Herzegovina) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
•Patagonia (United Kingdom/Argentina, Wales) Marc Evans
•Rumble of the Stones (Venezuela) Alejandro Bellame Palacios
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