As part of my coverage of this year's Oscars, I'll be posting the trailers for as many of the Best Documentary and Best Foreign Language Film nominees as I can find. Since it's often harder to see these films in theaters, it's nice to at least get a taste of them before Oscar night — not to mention that it might help you when you fill out your Oscar ballot.
This week, I'm turning my attention to the foreign language film nominees. First up: Beaufort, an Israeli film that has brought the country its seventh nomination in this category and its first since 1984. Based on a novel of the same name, the film is set in a mountainous military outpost in the days leading up to Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000. The soldiers stationed there — including their 22-year-old leader — must battle not just attacks on their safety but also the feelings that their job is utterly futile since their post will soon be abandoned. The book has gotten outstanding reviews, and the film garnered its director a win at the Berlin International Film Festival last year. I'm very curious to check out both versions of this story. To check out a trailer (subtitled in English), just read more.