Your Name is Justine

Your Name is Justine

"Your Name is Justine" (Polish: "Masz na imie Justine") is a 2005 Luxembourgish film directed by Franco de Peña. De Peña had originally wanted to produce the film in Germany, but when he was unable to garner enough funds, he came to Luxembourg.cite web|url=|title=Lux out of 'Name' game|publisher="Variety"|author=Goodfellow, Melanie|date=2006-11-08|accessdate=2008-06-22] The film was co-produced by Luxembourg Hemisphere Films and Polish Opus Film, and shot primarily in Luxembourg with the aid of numerous local technicians.cite web|url=|title=Cosmopolitan pic to rep Luxembourg|publisher="Variety"|author=Goodfellow, Melanie|date=2006-09-27|accessdate=2008-06-22] As a result of the multifaceted production, the dialogue of the movie is in English, German and Polish. The plot of the story revolves around a girl called Mariola (Anna Cieslak), who is forced into prostitution in Berlin, and attempts to hold onto her sense of self despite being exploited by those around her.cite web|url=|title=Your Name is Justine Review|publisher="Variety"|author=Scheib, Ronnie|date=2005-09-19|accessdate=2008-06-22]

The film was Luxembourg's submission to the 79th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.cite web|url=|title=61 Countries Seeking Foreign Language Film Oscar|publisher=Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|date=2006-10-19|accessdate=2008-06-22] Although previous submissions (such as Italy's "Private") had been rejected due to not being in the official language of the country, the Academy removed the requirement for the 79th Academy Awards, allowing "Your Name is Justine" and other films such as Canada's "Water" (which contained only Hindi dialogue) to be submitted.cite web|url=|title=Rules Change for Foreign-Language Oscar|publisher="San Francisco Chronicle"|date=2006-07-01|accessdate=2008-06-22] cite web|url=|title=Water is Canada's Oscar entry||author=Pais, Arthur|date=2006-09-22|accessdate=2008-06-22] However, the film was rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before the formal review process. The Academy determined that there was not enough creative contribution from Luxembourg to qualify under the Academy's requirements, which stress that a "submitting country must certify that creative talent of that country exercised artistic control of the film."cite web | title = Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award|publisher = Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences | url = | accessdate = 2008-06-22] Joy Hoffman, the head of Luxembourg's foreign-language Oscar committee, was disappointed by the rejection. Although he accepted the notion that the film was a "borderline entry", he noted that "without Luxembourg the film wouldn't exist".

ee also

*Cinema of Luxembourg
*List of submissions to the 79th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film


External links

*imdb title|id=0479257|title=Masz na imie Justine

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