Thursday, 13 October 2016


85 countries have submitted films for official consideration for the Oscar Foreign Language Film award. Here's how the voting process now proceeds: six separate committees of Academy members, comprised of volunteers from various branches, will each view roughly a sixth of the full selection, and vote for their favourite. The first place finisher in each race progresses to Round 2. An executive committee, designed to introduce more varied fare into the lineup, which has notoriously been among the Academy's most artistically conservative categories, will then select three further titles from the remaining bunch, making a total of nine choices for voters to make in Round 2. That nine is whittled down to five for the actual nominees, due to be announced on the 24th of January. Check out all 85 films below:

3,000 Nights (Mai Masri) - Jordan
About Us (Hernan Jimenez) - Costa Rica
Afterimage (Andrzej Wajda) - Poland
The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee Woon) - South Korea
Alias Maria (Jose Luis Rugeles) - Colombia
Amanat (Satybaldy Narymbetov) - Kazakhstan
Apprentice (Boo Jun Feng) - Singapore
The Ardennes (Robin Pront) - Belgium
Barakah Meets Barakah (Mahmoud Sabbagh) - Saudi Arabia
Beautiful Pain (Tunku Mona Risa) - Malaysia
Before the Fall (Ian White) - Cambodia
The Black Hen (Min Bahadur Bham) - Nepal
The Black Pin (Ivan Marinovic) - Montenegro
Breadcrumbs (Manane Rodriguez)- - Uruguay
Call Me Thief (Daryne Joshua) - South Africa
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari) - Greece
Chromium (Bujar Alimani) - Albania
Clash (Mohamed Diab) - Egypt
El Clasico (Halkawt Mustafa) - Iraq
Cold of Kalandar (Mustafa Kara) - Turkey
The Companion (Pavel Giroud) - Cuba
Dawn (Laila Pakalnina) - Latvia
Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanovic) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Desierto (Jonas Cuaron) - Mexico
The Distinguished Citizen (Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat) - Argentina
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) - France
Eva Nova (Marko Skop) - Slovakia
A Father's Will (Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu) - Kyrgyzstan
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) - Italy
A Flickering Truth (Pietra Brettkelly) - New Zealand
From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas) - Venezuela
Hang in There, Kids! (Laha Mebow) - Taiwan
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Juho Kuosmanen) - Finland
Home Sweet Home (Faton Bajraktari) - Kosovo
House of Others (Rusudan Glurjidze) - Georgia
Houston, We Have a Problem! (Ziga Virc) - Slovenia
I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced (Khadija Al-Salami) - Yemen
The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad) - Palestine
Interrogation (Vetri Maaran) - India
It's Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) - Canada
Julieta (Pedro Almodovar) - Spain
Karma (Kanittha Kwunyoo) - Thailand
Kills on Wheels (Atilla Till) - Hungary
The King's Choice (Erik Poppe) - Norway
Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet) - Denmark
Letters from Prague (Angga Dwimas Sasongko) - Indonesia
Letters from War (Ivo M. Ferreira) - Portugal
The Liberation of Skopje (Danilo Serbedzija and Rade Serbedzija) - Macedonia
Little Secret (David Schurmann) - Brazil
Losers (Ivaylo Hristov) - Bulgaria
Lost in Munich (Petr Zelenka) - Czech Republic
Ma' Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) - Philippines
Mah-e-Mir (Anjum Shahzad) - Pakistan
A Man Called Ove (Hannes Holm) - Sweden
A Mile in My Shoes (Said Khallaf) - Morocco
Mother (Kadri Kousaar) - Estonia
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) - Switzerland
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Yamada Yoji) - Japan
Neruda (Pablo Larrain) - Chile
On the Other Side (Zrinko Ogresta) - Croatia
Paradise (Andrey Konchalovskiy) - Russia
Port of Call (Philip Yung) - Hong Kong
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) - Iran
Salsipuedes (Ricardo Aguilar Navarro and Manolito Rodriguez) - Panama
Sand Storm (Elite Zexer) - Israel
Sealed Cargo (Julia Vargas Weise) - Bolivia
Seneca's Day (Kristijonas Vildziunas) - Lithuania
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) - Romania
Sparrows (Runar Runarsson) - Iceland
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Maria Schrader) - Austria
Such Is Life in the Tropics (Sebastian Cordero) - Ecuador
Sugar Fields (Fernando Baez) - Dominican Republic
Tanna (Martin Butler and Bentley Dean) - Australia
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) - Germany
Tonio (Paula van der Oest) - Netherlands
Train Driver's Diary (Milos Radovic) - Serbia
Ukrainian Sherrifs (Roman Bondarchuk) - Ukraine
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari) - United Kingdom
The Unnamed (Tauquir Ahmed) - Bangladesh
Very Big Shot (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya) - Lebanon
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Juan Daniel F. Molero) - Peru
Voices from Chernobyl (Pol Cruchten) - Luxembourg
The Well (Lofti Bouchouchi) - Algeria
Xuan Zang (Huo Jian Qi) - China
Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (Victor Vu) - Vietnam