Quite often, whenever a country selects its foreign film submission, Oscar bloggers stand baffled wondering why the populist choice by American critics’ standards wasn’t chosen.
Such was the case this year when many would have bet the vineyard that Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre was the top choice. After all, it won the prize of the ecumenical jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and was further propped by a stateside distribution deal with Alchemy and arthouse B.O. potential with its U.S. star John Turturro. Forget about Italy’s other notable Cannes entries landing a spot — Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Matteo Garrone’s The Tale of Tales — both of them are in English.