Beverly Hills, CA - The directors of "The Barbarian Invasions," "Evil," "The Twilight Samurai," "Twin Sisters" and "Zelary" - the five films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 76th Annual Academy Awards(R) - are expected to participate in a symposium on Saturday, February 28, at 10 a.m. in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Directed by Ondrej Trojan
Synopsis: During the Second World War, a medical student involved in the Resistance is forced to go into hiding in an isolated mountain village under the protection of the rugged Joza. As Eliska adjusts to her new life, she and Joza begin to form a complex bond despite their many differences.
Directed by Denys Arcand
Synopsis: When history professor Rémy Girard learns that he is dying, his ex-wife summons home their son, Sébastien, whose career as a successful stock trader has earned him his socialist father's disdain. In an effort to ease Rémy's last days, Sébastien gathers together a group of his father's oldest friends.
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Synopsis: Erik, an abused teenager who has been expelled from his school for violent behavior, is given a final chance at an education when his mother sends him to an exclusive private academy. He soon discovers, however, that the school's privileged upperclassmen are permitted to engage in a cruel reign of terror over the younger students.
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Synopsis: In nineteenth-century Japan, a widowed samurai caring for his mother and two young daughters has little time or inclination to pursue his profession's traditional warrior life. That changes, however, when he steps forward to defend a young woman from an attack by her drunken ex-husband.
Directed by Ben Sombogaart
Synopsis: In Germany during the 1920s, twin sisters are separated following the death of their parents. One sister is raised by a well-to-do aunt in Holland while the other grows up in difficult circumstances on a German farm owned by an uncle.
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