Oscars 2009

Oscars 2009

2009 at the Oscars, best foreign language film

The Strand looks at the 2009 Oscars

Editor's Choice

In the week leading up to the Oscars, The Stand took a look at the five films nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Listen Departures

The Japanese film Departures took the Oscar.

It tells the story of Daigo, a recently fired cellist, who returns from the big city to his small home town with a new wife to find a job as a nokanshi, preparing corpses in a funeral parlour.

The other nominations were...

Listen The Baader Meinhof Complex

The German movie up for an Oscar is The Baader Meinhof Complex. The Baader Meinhof group terrorised West Germany for 2 decades, with kidnappings, bombings, shootings and in 1977 the hijacking of a Lufthansa plane. The film tells the story of the group from its beginnings in the late 1960s.

Listen The Class

This is a French film about a teacher and his class of troublesome 14 year olds. Its already won the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on a book by former teacher Francois Begaudeau - who also plays the lead in the film - The Class is about how best to educate children particularly when they come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Listen Waltz With Bashir

Made by the Israeli director Ari Folman, this is a disturbing animation movie about memories of an Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties.

Listen Revanche

Götz Spielmann directs this story of a couple trying to escape from a life of misery in Vienna's red light district.