The Italian Almanac

Private

Italian Movies - October 14

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has alerted Italy's Oscar selection committee that the film initially selected to represent Italy in the hunt for the best foreign-language film is ineligible because none of the film's dialogue is in Italian.

Despite the fact that Saverio Constanzo's film "Private" was written, directed and produced by Italians and even partially shot on Italian soil, the film fails to meet the Academy rule stating that the film must be "predominantly in an official language of the country submitting the film."

The dialogue in "Private," which follows the travails of a Palestinian family whose refusal to vacate their house results in their cohabitation with Israeli soldiers, alternates between English or Arabic. No Italian is spoken.