Foreign-language film: Leos Carax explains it all


CaraxpicFrom Variety senior film critic Peter Debruge:

“Holy Motors” director Leos Carax wasn’t able to
accept his prize for best foreign-language film in person at the Los Angeles
Film Critics Assn.’s awards on Saturday night, but the French helmer sent
the following speech, which is as eccentric and surreal as the
film for which he won:

“Hello, I’m Leos Carax, director of foreign-language films. I’ve been
making foreign-language films my whole life. Foreign-language films are made
all over the world, of course, except in America. In America, they only make
non-foreign-language films. Foreign-language films are very hard to make,
obviously, because you have to invent a foreign language instead of using the
usual language. But the truth is, cinema is a foreign language, a language
created for those who need to travel to the other side of life. Good
night.”

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