PARADISE NOW: A THING OF BEAUTY
by Ted Schmidt
On the day that the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Palestinian film Paradise Now won the Best Foreign Language Film at the prestigious Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Successfully workshopped at the Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin festivals, the taut psychological drama has consistently gathered steam and public acclaim. Made on a paltry shoestring budget of $2 million, this gripping story will be well positioned to cop an Academy Award on March 5.