Friday, October 10, 2014

2014 Oscar's Foreign Film Submissions!


The submissions are official, and the record has been broken!  A record 83 countries have been submitted for consideration, which makes this a whole lot of awesome to dig through.  Some of the obvious choices have been made, and it looks like there are some current frontrunners, but nothing is locked and loaded yet, and this category is notorious for WTF snubs, noms and wins.  So, take a gander and get your Netflix queue saved up, since most likely you will have to wait MONTHS (maybe, sadly, even years) to see most of these.


Afghanistan 
A Few Cubic Meters of Love
Jamshid Mahmoudi, director

Argentina 
Wild Tales
Damián Szifrón, director

Australia
Charlie's Country
Rolf de Heer, director

Austria
The Dark Valley
Andreas Prochaska, director

Azerbaijan 
Nabat
Elchin Musaoglu, director

Bangladesh 
Glow of the Firefly
Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director

Belgium
Two Days, One Night
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors

Bolivia
Forgotten
Carlos Bolado, director

Bosnia and Herzegovina
With Mom
Faruk Lonarevi, director

Brazil
The Way He Looks
Daniel Ribeiro, director

Bulgaria
Bulgarian Rhapsody
Ivan Nitchev, director

Canada
Mommy
Xavier Dolan, director

Chile
To Kill a Man
Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director

China
The Nightingale
Philippe Muyl, director

Colombia
Mateo
María Gamboa, director

Costa Rica
Red Princesses
Laura Astorga Carrera, director

Croatia
Cowboys
Tomislav Mrši, director

Cuba
Conducta
Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director

Czech Republic
Fair Play
Andrea Sedláková, director

Denmark
Sorrow and Joy
Nils Malmros, director

Dominican Republic
Cristo Rey
Leticia Tonos, director

Ecuador
Silence in Dreamland
Tito Molina, director

Egypt
Factory Girl
Mohamed Khan, director

Estonia
Tangerines
Zaza Urushadze, director

Ethiopia
Difret
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director

Finland
Concrete Night
Pirjo Honkasalo, director

France
Saint Laurent
Bertrand Bonello, director

Georgia
Corn Island
George Ovashvili, director

Germany
Beloved Sisters
Dominik Graf, director

Greece
Little England
Pantelis Voulgaris, director

Hong Kong
The Golden Era
Ann Hui, director

Hungary
White God
Kornél Mundruczó, director

Iceland
Life in a Fishbowl
Baldvin Zophoníasson, director

India
Liar's Dice
Geetu Mohandas, director

Indonesia
Soekarno
Hanung Bramantyo, director

Iran
Today
Reza Mirkarimi, director

Iraq
Mardan
Batin Ghobadi, director

Ireland
The Gift
Tom Collins, director

Israel
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors

Italy
Human Capital
Paolo Virzì, director

Japan
The Light Shines Only There
Mipo O, director

Kosovo
Three Windows and a Hanging
Isa Qosja, director

Kyrgyzstan
Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains
Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director

Latvia
Rocks in My Pockets
Signe Baumane, director

Lebanon
Ghadi
Amin Dora, director

Lithuania
The Gambler
Ignas Jonynas, director

Luxembourg
Never Die Young
Pol Cruchten, director

Macedonia
To the Hilt
Stole Popov, director

Malta
Simshar
Rebecca Cremona, director

Mauritania
Timbuktu
Abderrahmane Sissako, director

Mexico
Cantinflas
Sebastián del Amo, director

Moldova
The Unsaved
Igor Cobileanski, director

Montenegro
The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street
Nikola Vukevi, director

Morocco
The Red Moon
Hassan Benjelloun, director

Nepal
Jhola
Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director

Netherlands
Accused
Paula van der Oest, director

New Zealand
The Dead Lands
Toa Fraser, director

Norway
1001 Grams
Bent Hamer, director

Pakistan
Dukhtar
Afia Nathaniel, director

Palestine
Eyes of a Thief
Najwa Najjar, director

Panama
Invasion
Abner Benaim, director

Peru
The Gospel of the Flesh
Eduardo Mendoza, director

Philippines
Norte, the End of History
Lav Diaz, director

Poland
Ida
Pawe Pawlikowski, director

Portugal
What Now? Remind Me
Joaquin Pinto, director

Romania
The Japanese Dog
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director

Russia
Leviathan
Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Serbia
See You in Montevideo
Dragan Bjelogrli, director

Singapore
Sayang Disayang
Sanif Olek, director

Slovakia
A Step into the Dark
Miloslav Luther, director

Slovenia
Seduce Me
Marko Šanti, director

South Africa
Elelwani
Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director

South Korea
Haemoo
Shim Sung-bo, director

Spain
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed
David Trueba, director

Sweden
Force Majeure
Ruben Östlund, director

Switzerland
The Circle
Stefan Haupt, director

Taiwan
Ice Poison
Midi Z, director

Thailand
The Teacher's Diary
Nithiwat Tharathorn, director

Turkey
Winter Sleep
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director

Ukraine
The Guide
Oles Sanin, director

United Kingdom
Little Happiness
Nihat Seven, director

Uruguay
Mr. Kaplan
Álvaro Brechner, director

Venezuela
The Liberator
Alberto Arvelo, director

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    1. Between this and the prospect that Dolan could wind up an Oscar nominee/winner, my year has already been made.

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  2. What a list and I doubt I will be able to see any of these where I live. Bummer

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    1. This is a sad but true reality. Getting our hands on foreign cinema is a hassle at times. There are many films, even those with HUGE international acclaim, that just never find the right distributors, even here in the US.

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  3. This list is so stacked. I really hope the Academy chooses wisely here.

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  4. I wish the Academy nominated foreign films like the Golden Globes do. Then we could be sure of popular films like Two Days, One Night and Mommy getting in. ;)

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    1. I understand the reason for why they do it, so that all of these countries at least have a chance, and narrowing down the pool allows for a consensus, because otherwise it could be all over the place and no one would get nominated (or everyone), but I feel like some countries (namely France, for me at least) put out SO MANY great films in a year that they could technically take up my whole ballot, if I had one.

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