A tiff over Italian ‘Love’
If it’s award season, it must be time for an Oscar kerfuffle involving an Italian film. Two years ago, the foreign-language Oscar committee overlooked Matteo Garrone’s critically acclaimed Naples mob drama “Gomorrah.” On Wednesday, Italy went the unlikely — and, to some film buffs, unconscionable — route of choosing as its official academy selection Paolo Virzi’s dramedy “The First Beautiful Thing” over “I Am Love,” the Tilda Swinton-starring Russo-Italo drama that has gained festival attention and has been an arthouse hit in the U.S., grossing nearly $5 million. Steven Zeitchik looks at the controversy — and other likely contenders in Oscar’s foreign-language feature race — at
SLIGHTED: Italy’s acclaimed Naples mob drama “Gomorrah” was overlooked by the foreign-language Oscar committee two years ago.