The BAFTA Awards 2009

The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) are major awards in Great Britain given to those within the film and television industry.   On a very cold London night on Sunday 8 February 2009, the highly-acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapated Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound.

Slumdog Millionaire is set in Mumbai, India.   It is about an 18 year-old boy named Jamal, who finds himself competing on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The questions he needs to answer give him a chance to look back at his earlier life. The show’s host, however, believes that he must be cheating and tries to force the boy to admit that as he is someone from an impoverished background he could not possibly be clever enough to win the show’s top prize. This entertaining but endearing film is one to watch.
Languages: in English, Hindi and Urdu.

Penélope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona for her portrayal of the fiery Maria Elena, a divorced woman still locked in a complex relationship with her ex-husband.
Languages: in Catalan, English and Spanish.

The French language film I’ve Loved You For So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime), directed by Philippe Claudel won the BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language.   In France, older sister Juliette is sent to prison for 15 years.   While her sister, Léa, tries to rebuild their relationship and welcomes her into her home on release from jail, her parents abandon her.
Languages: French.

Other foreign language films nominated for the BAFTA 2009 Best Film not in the English Language were:

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany).   Languages: In German, English, French and Swedish.
  • Gomorrah (Italy).   Languages: In Italian, Mandarin and French.
  • Persepolis (France).   Animation.   Languages: English and French language version available.
  • Waltz with Bashir (Israel).   Animation.   Languages: Hebrew, German and English.

These are definitely all films to go and see in 2009 if you are passionate about foreign language movies.

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