The Academy’s short list of nine foreign-language films will be decided and announced next Tuesday, and then the screenings of these nine finalists — which in a fair and just world would include Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days — will begin a week from today.
The problem, as I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, is that some blue-hairs who are voting to decide which foreign films will be on the short list aren’t big fans of 4 Months, or at least they were after seeing it late last year. Of course, Mungiu’s film should be on the final nominee list of five, and, to go by all the awards it’s won so far, certainly ought to win.