Go for the Oscar gold
Since debuting in 2010, Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the continually diversifying Alamo Drafthouse, has continued to gain domestic distribution rights for an impressive collection of critically acclaimed art house films. While many award winners, such as Four Lions, have received numerous accolades, one Drafthouse Film might earn the coveted title of “Oscar winner.”
Bullhead, the crime drama from Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam, was announced as one of nine other films to make the latest shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. As one out of the original 63 films screened by members of the Academy, Bullhead will now have to go through a final weekend of critique before the list is narrowed down to five finalists. Those finalists will then be announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater along with the other nominations on January 24th.
The critically acclaimed drama tells the story of an overbearing cattle farmer who enters into shady dealings with a ruthless mafioso and then must deal with the consequences of his actions. Bullhead gained high praise overseas, but it was its debut at Fantastic Fest when the film gained the attention of Drafthouse Films CEO and co-founder Tim League. Picked up almost immediately for a distribution deal, Bullhead will make its domestic run later this year.
Lucky for Austin theater goers, the Drafthouse will be holding two special advance screenings of the film this weekend. See the film that may be taking home Oscar gold, setting another monumental first for the Drafthouse. For fans of foreign art films, it’s a golden opportunity to catch a special film that may procure a very illustrious prize during this award season.