The fourth installment of Filmatique’s Foreign Language Oscar Submissions series features films from North Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.
Milčho Mančhevski's Willow offers a resonant perspective on motherhood in a decades-spanning narrative set in North Macedonia, while Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or-winning Winter Sleep lingers in the latent class tensions and family disaffections that collide at a remote hotel in Cappadocia. Flashes of humor and violence populate Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos's masterfully bizarre portrait of a not-quite-normal suburban family who have sheltered their adult children from the outside world.
In the 64 years since the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film has existed, only 28 nations have ever been represented onstage. North Macedonia has been nominated twice, for Milčho Mančhevski's previous film Before the Rain and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov's Honeyland. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys made the December shortlist in 2008—to date, Turkey has never been nominated. Greece has been nominated five times, most recently for Dogtooth, but has never won the award.