Oscar’s Foreign Language “LONG” List.

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Courtesy of Variety, here is the list of each countries submission. I’m sure we will see a narrowed list to about 10 entries at some later date, prior to the January 19th Nominee announcement, but if you want to start checking them all out, of the few I am aware of, I’d start with my favourite, Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown. I’ve been trying to track down Sean Ellis’s Metro Manila after missing it at Fantasia to no avail, maybe things will get easier now. Asghar Farhadi’s Parisian set The Past covers similar ground to his Oscar winning follow up to A Separation and is quite excellent. The Hunt is solid enough even though I had some issues with it, and The Grandmasters has already played wide, albeit the Chinese cut is the one being nominated, not the truncated USA version.

The rest either have only mild festival awareness wholly unknown properties for yours truly. The full list is tucked under the seat for you to explore at will.

Afghanistan, “Wajma – An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director;

Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director;

Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director;

Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt, director;

Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler, director;

Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev, director;

Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Brazil, “Neighboring Sounds,” Kleber Mendonça Filho, director;

Bulgaria, “The Color of the Chameleon,” Emil Hristov, director;

Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;

Canada, “Gabrielle,” Louise Archambault, director;

Chad, “GriGris,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director;

Chile, “Gloria,” Sebastián Lelio, director;

China, “Back to 1942,” Feng Xiaogang, director;

Colombia, “La Playa DC,” Juan Andrés Arango, director;

Croatia, “Halima’s Path,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;

Czech Republic, “The Don Juans,” Jiri Menzel, director;

Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;

Dominican Republic, “Quien Manda?” Ronni Castillo, director;

Ecuador, “The Porcelain Horse,” Javier Andrade, director;

Egypt, “Winter of Discontent,” Ibrahim El Batout, director;

Estonia, “Free Range,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;

Finland, “Disciple,” Ulrika Bengts, director;

France, “Renoir,” Gilles Bourdos, director;

Georgia, “In Bloom,” Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, directors;

Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;

Greece, “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,” Ektoras Lygizos, director;

Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;

Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;

Iceland, “Of Horses and Men,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director;

India, “The Good Road,” Gyan Correa, director;

Indonesia, “Sang Kiai,” Rako Prijanto, director;

Iran, “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi, director;

Israel, “Bethlehem,” Yuval Adler, director;

Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;

Japan, “The Great Passage,” Ishii Yuya, director;

Kazakhstan, “Shal,” Yermek Tursunov, director;

Latvia, “Mother, I Love You,” Janis Nords, director;

Lebanon, “Blind Intersections,” Lara Saba, director;

Lithuania, “Conversations on Serious Topics,” Giedre Beinoriute, director;

Luxembourg, “Blind Spot,” Christophe Wagner, director;

Mexico, “Heli,” Amat Escalante, director;

Moldova, “All God’s Children,” Adrian Popovici, director;

Montenegro, “Ace of Spades – Bad Destiny,” Drasko Djurovic, director;

Morocco, “Horses of God,” Nabil Ayouch, director;

Nepal, “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” Subarna Thapa, director;

Netherlands, “Borgman,” Alex van Warmerdam, director;

New Zealand, “White Lies,” Dana Rotberg, director;

Norway, “I Am Yours,” Iram Haq, director;

Pakistan, “Zinda Bhaag,” Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, directors;

Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;

Peru, “The Cleaner,” Adrian Saba, director;

Philippines, “Transit,” Hannah Espia, director;

Poland, “Walesa. Man of Hope,” Andrzej Wajda, director;

Portugal, “Lines of Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento, director;

Romania, “Child’s Pose,” Calin Peter Netzer, director;

Russia, “Stalingrad,” Fedor Bondarchuk, director;

Saudi Arabia, “Wadjda,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;

Serbia, “Circles,” Srdan Golubovic, director;

Singapore, “Ilo Ilo,” Anthony Chen, director;

Slovak Republic, “My Dog Killer,” Mira Fornay, director;

Slovenia, “Class Enemy,” Rok Bicek, director;

South Africa, “Four Corners,” Ian Gabriel, director;

South Korea, “Juvenile Offender,” Kang Yi-kwan, director;

Spain, “15 Years Plus a Day,” Gracia Querejeta, director;

Sweden, “Eat Sleep Die,” Gabriela Pichler, director;

Switzerland, “More than Honey,” Markus Imhoof, director;

Taiwan, “Soul,” Chung Mong-Hong, director;

Thailand, “Countdown,” Nattawut Poonpiriya, director;

Turkey, “The Butterfly’s Dream,” Yilmaz Erdogan, director;

Ukraine, “Paradjanov,” Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, directors;

United Kingdom, “Metro Manila,” Sean Ellis, director;

Uruguay, “Anina,” Alfredo Soderguit, director;

Venezuela, “Breach in the Silence,” Luis Alejandro Rodríguez and Andrés Eduardo Rodríguez, directors.

Kurt Halfyard
Resident culture snob.