Foreign Oscargenomineerden unite against Trump
The five nominated directors for the Oscar for best foreign film have jointly spoken out against president Donald Trump.
The directors speak in a Saturday published an open letter their disapproval about the “current climate of fanaticism and nationalism”.
“On behalf of all the nominees, we wish to unanimously and strongly our disapproval to speak up against a climate of bigotry and nationalism that we see today in the United States and many other countries, parts of the population and the worst of the lot, including leading politicians”, begins the statement of the six filmmakers.
The Danish Martin Zandvliet (nominated by Country or Mine), the Swedish Hannes Holm (A Man Called Ove), The Iranian Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman), The German Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and the Australian Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (Tanna) find that there is a lot of fear prevails as people are divided by race, religious belief and sexual orientation. “These walls keep people against something simple but fundamental experience: that we are all not so different.”
It makes according to the directors, not who there Sunday to go home with the Oscar for best foreign film. “We refuse to think in terms of boundaries. We find that there is no best country, gender, religion or colour,” said the six.
“We will wear this award on to all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working on greater unity and understanding and that the values of freedom of expression and human dignity high up in the banner. It is more important than ever to these values to protect.”
The netherlands did this year to the best foreign language film category with Tonio, but this fell off in the preliminary rounds. That was also true for the French thriller Elle by director Paul Verhoeven.