CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Oscar Watch, Cinematical Indie, Oscar News, CinematicalDon't worry, we've only got about 40 or 50 more entrants to wade through in the next month! I hope that the AMPAS offices have cleared enough space to accommodate all the candidates / film prints that must be flooding in as the deadline approaches for Best Foreign Language Film submissions. The latest hails from Belgium: Variety reports that Nic Balthazar's Ben X has been officially submitted.
As Monika Bartyzel told us, Ben X triumphed at the recently-concluded Montreal World Film Festival, sharing the jury's Grand Prix of the Americas award with Claude Miller's A Secret as well as winning the the audience award for Most Popular Film. The official site says that Ben's "life is a universe to itself," where he plays his favorite computer game avidly, trying to train himself to deal with constant bullying at school until "Scarlite comes into his life, the girl he has met in his on-line game." Dennis Harvey of Variety felt that the film's "mix of fantasy computer graphics ... classic misfit-vs.-bullies youth drama, hyperactive p.o.v. and some overly twisty plot developments doesn't quite cohere." He acknowledged, however, that the film's reception in Montreal "proved it's a potential crowd-pleaser."
Director Nic Balthazar is a former theater and film critic who has also worked extensively in television and enjoyed success as a playwright and stage director. Newcomer Greg Timmermans plays the title role. The trailer looks like a music video -- pretty cool. So far, Ben X does not have North American distribution; it opens in Belgium on September 26.