The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film goes to El Secreto de Sus Ojos. The director, the cast, and the crew took to the stage to accept the award for their Argentinian film, which took top honors in the foreign category. The speech given was quite hilarious, because the man of the hour was having some difficulty with the countdown clock and the orchestra. With or without those problems he gave a special shout out to his wife who helped get the film out of development hell and on to the big screen.

See who they beat out this year in the Best Foreign Film category…

The Nominees for Best Foreign Film were:

  • Ajami – Israel
  • El Secreto de Sus Ojos – Argentina
  • The Milk of Sorrow – Peru
  • Un Prophète – France
  • The White Ribbon – Germany
  • Ajami: Directed by Scadar Copti and Yaron Shani, Ajamiis the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami. The drama from Israel stars Fouad Habash, Nisrine Rihan, and Elias Saba.

    El Secreto de Sus Ojos: Juan José Campanella brings us the story of a man wants to solve a murder committed 30 years ago. The film is set in 1999 but is told in flashback form, taking us back to 1974 when a young woman, brutally raped and murdered inside her house in a Buenos Aires neighbourhood. This mystery drama stars Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, and Javier Gordino.

    The Milk of Sorrow: Director Claudia Llosa presents the story of a woman named Fausta (Magaly Solier) is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. This drama from Peru also stars Susi Sanchez and Efrain Solis.

    Un Prophète: Jacques Audiardbrings us the story of Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) of French-Arab heritage, who is sent to jail for 6 years for committing a violent crime against police officers. While in jail he is chosen by Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), feared kingpin of the prisons reigning Corsican gang, to kill a prisoner named Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi) who was awaiting testifying against the mob. Killing Reyeb makes Malika mafia kingpin in the prison. While in jail, he learns to read and begins to educate himself on the drug trade making him a dangerous force inside and outside of the prison walls.

    The White Ribbon: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery in Michael Haneke’s crime drama. The film stars Christian Friedel and Leonie Beniesch.

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