On Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m., approximately 36 hours before the winner of the 2005 Foreign Language Film Award is announced at the 78th Academy Awards®, five of the world's leading filmmakers will participate in the annual, standing-room-only, Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
Moderated by Oscar®-winning producer and chair of the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee Mark Johnson ("Rain Man"), the event will feature the directors of the five nominated foreign language films (subject to availability) in a live on-stage discussion on such wide-ranging issues as art, politics and filmmaking.
In addition to presenting film clips from the nominated films, the two-hour event will also provide the opportunity for questions from the audience.
The 2005 Foreign Language Film Award nominees are:
"Don't Tell," Italy, Cristina Comencini, director
"Joyeux Noël," France, Christian Carion, director
"Paradise Now," Palestine, Hany Abu-Assad, director