Thursday, 16 October 2014

RECORD 83 OSCAR FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SUBMISSIONS CONFIRMED


83! That's a record number of countries to have submitted films for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars. Some of these are very heavy-hitters - Mommy, Two Days, One Night, Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Leviathan, for example, were all big favourites at Cannes in May and will all have Oscar qualifying runs for the major categories too (with the exception of Wild Tales). And do I spy Norte, the End of History, Concrete Night and Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem in contention? Plz plz plz world, do one thing for me and let Norte be nominated. Bake-off results will follow once finalised.

Afghanistan: A Few Cubic Metres of Love (Jamshid Mahmoudi)
Argentina: Wild Tales (Damian Szifron)
Australia: Charlie's Country (Rolf de Heer)
Austria: The Dark Valley (Andreas Prochaska)
Azerbaijan: Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu)
Bangladesh: Glow of the Firefly (Khalid Mahmood Mithu)
Belgium: Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
Bolivia: Forgotten (Carlos Bolado)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: With Mom (Frank Loncarevic)
Brazil: The Way He Looks (Daniel Ribeiro)
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Rhapsody (Ivan Nitchev)
Canada: Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
Chile: To Kill a Man (Alejandro Fernandez Almendras)
China: The Nightingale (Philippe Muyl)
Colombia: Mateo (Maria Gamboa)
Costa Rica: Red Princesses (Laura Astorga Carrera)
Croatia: Cowboys (Tomislav Mrsic)
Cuba: Conducta (Ernesto Daranas Serrano)
Czech Republic: Fair Play (Andrea Sedlackova)
Denmark: Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)
Dominican Republic: Cristo Rey (Leticia Tonos)
Ecuador: Silence in Dreamland (Tito Molina)
Egypt: Factory Girl (Mohamed Khan)
Estonia: Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze)
Ethiopia: Difret (Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)
Finland: Concrete Night (Pirjo Honkasalo)
France: Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
Georgia: Corn Island (George Ovashvili)
Germany: Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf)
Greece: Little England (Pantelis Voulgaris)
Hong Kong: The Golden Era (Ann Hui)
Hungary: White God (Mundruczo Kornel)
Iceland: Life in a Fishbowl (Baldvin Zophoniasson)
India: Liar's Dice (Geetu Mohandas)
Indonesia: Soekarno (Hanung Bramantyo)
Iran: Today (Reza Mirkarimi)
Iraq: Mardan (Batin Ghobadi)
Ireland: The Gift (Tom Collins)
Israel: Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz)
Italy: Human Capital (Paolo Virzi)
Japan: The Light Shines Only There (Mipo O)
Kosovo: Three Windows and a Hanging (Isa Qosja)
Kyrgyzstan: Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (Sadyk Sher-Niyaz)
Latvia: Rocks in My Pockets (Signe Baumane)
Lebanon: Ghadi (Amin Dora)
Lithuania: The Gambler (Ignas Jonynas)
Luxembourg: Never Die Young (Pol Cruchten)
Macedonia: To the Hilt (Stole Popov)
Malta: Simshar (Rebecca Cremona)
Mauritania: Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
Mexico: Cantinflas (Sebastian del Amo)
Moldova: The Unsaved (Igor Cobileanski)
Montenegro: The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street (Nikola Vukcevic)
Morocco: The Red Moon (Hassan Benjelloun)
Nepal: Jhola (Yadav Kumar Bhattarai)
Netherlands: Accused (Paula van der Oest)
New Zealand: The Dead Lands (Toa Fraser)
Norway: 1,001 Grams (Bent Hamer)
Pakistan: Dukhtar (Afia Nathaniel)
Palestine: Eyes of a Thief (Najwa Najjar)
Panama: Invasion (Abner Benaim)
Peru: The Gospel of the Flesh (Eduardo Mendoza)
Philippines: Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz)
Poland: Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Portugal: What Now? Remind Me (Joaquim Pinto)
Romania: The Japanese Dog (Tudor Cristian Jurgiu)
Russia: Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Serbia: See You in Montevideo (Dragan Bjelogrlic)
Singapore: Sayang Disayang (Sanif Olek)
Slovakia: A Step into the Dark (Miloslav Luther)
Slovenia: Seduce Me (Marko Santic)
South Africa: Elelwani (Ntshavheni Wa Luruli)
South Korea: Haemoo (Shim Sung Bo)
Spain: Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (David Trueba)
Sweden: Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)
Switzerland: The Circle (Stefan Haupt)
Taiwan: Ice Poison (Midi Z)
Thailand: The Teacher's Diary (Nithiwat Tharathorn)
Turkey: Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Ukraine: The Guide (Oles Sanin)
United Kingdom: Little Happiness (Nihat Seven)
Uruguay: Mr. Kaplan (Alvaro Brechner)
Venezuela: The Liberator (Alberto Arvelo)