|Golden Globes look to “The Past” in Best Foreign Language Film category||
French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color”, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”, and Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” are also contending for the award in this category, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday.
Starring Berenice Bejo, “The Past” is Farhadi’s first project done outside of his homeland.
The French-language film is about an Iranian man named Ahmad who returns to Paris from Tehran after a four-year separation upon his French wife Marie’s request in order to finalize their divorce.
Bejo won the Palme d’Or for best actress at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of the French woman.
Farhadi’s “A Separation” won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a French César for best language foreign film earlier in 2012 as well as Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2011.
“12 Years a Slave”, a slavery drama directed by Steve McQueen, “American Hustle”, a crime comedy drama directed by David O. Russell, led the Golden Globe Awards nominations with seven nods.
Both films were nominated in their respective best picture categories. The films also earned directing nods and acting nominations for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.
The 71st Golden Globe Awards will be held in Beverly Hills on January 12, 2014.
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