The directors of the five films nominated for Best Foreign
Language Film posed for photographers Mar 23, 2002 at the
Academy. They are from left, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Petter Naess,
Ashutosh Gowariker, Danis Tanovic , and Juan Jose Campanella
What began as a small and intimate gathering of film directors
representing their nominated films in the foreign language film
category, this annual forum has turned into an SRO event that is
as entertaining as it is informative. Each year the Academy invites
the five directors to appear live on-stage, accompanied by clips
from their nominated foreign language films.
This year's symposium was held on Saturday, March 23, 2002, in
the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. As in the past, the symposium
took place the day before the Oscar ceremony. Moderated by Oscar
winning producer Mark Johnson, it brought together on one stage
some of the world's top filmmakers, discussing such wide-ranging
topics as art, politics and moviemaking. In addition to featuring
film clips, the approximately two-hour event also provided an opportunity
for questions from the audience.
year's symposium featured representatives from the 2001 Oscar®-nominated
Foreign Language Films: "Amélie" (France), "Elling"
(Norway), "Lagaan" (India), "No Man's Land"
(Bosnia & Herzegovina), "Son of the Bride" (Argentina).
The event was moderated by Foreign Language Film Award Executive
Committee Chair Mark Johnson, producer of "Diner," "Rain
Man," "A Little Princess," "Bugsy" and