Foreign Language Oscar Submissions – 83 of Them!

Wait, it’s Oscar nom time? But I haven’t seen anything good this year! Well, perhaps you’re in the wrong country or not hitting the festival circuit; because apparently the world seem to think that there are at least 83 films worthy of Oscar consideration. It’s a record year for the Foreign Language submissions this year. Last year there were 76 submissions (also a record), but 2014 has bested that number by seven.

Of course not all 83 will be up for an actual nomination. Eventually this list of 83 will be whittled down to five (which you will likely have heard of by then) and then on the big night only one will survive. I’ve always contended that the foreign language category is the one category that The Academy actually gets (mostly) right – both in nominations and often the winner.

At any rate, come February 22nd, one of the following titles will be crowned king of the films not funded by American monies:

Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters Of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi
Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón
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, Faruk Lončarevič
Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro
Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rhapsody, Ivan Nitchev

Canada, Mommy, Xavier Dolan
Chile, To Kill A Man, Alejandro Fernández Almendras
China, The Nightingale, Philippe Muyl
Colombia, Mateo, María Gamboa
Costa Rica, Red Princesses, Laura Astorga Carrera
Croatia, Cowboys, Tomislav Mršić
Cuba, Conducta, Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Czech Republic, Fair Play, Andrea Sedláčková

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, Kornél Mundruczó

Iceland, Life In A Fishbowl, Baldvin Zophoníasson
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 Virzì

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, Sebastián del Amo
Moldova, The Unsaved, Igor Cobileanski
Montenegro, The Kids From The Marx And Engels Street, Nikola Vukčević
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, 1001 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, Paweł 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 Bjelogrlić
Singapore, Sayang Disayang, Sanif Olek
Slovakia, A Step Into The Dark, Miloslav Luther
Slovenia, Seduce Me, Marko Šantić
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 Östlund
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, Álvaro Brechner

Venezuela, The Liberator, Alberto Arvelo


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Sean Kelly

I saw THE DEAD LANDS at TIFF. Pretty enjoyable, not sure if it will get a nomination.

The only other films on that list I’m really familiar with are MOMMY (which I plan on seeing next week), LEVIATHAN, and FORCE MAJEURE.

Kurt Halfyard

THE DEAD LANDS an action movie, ZERO chance of Oscar Nomination, but half-decent chance at commercial success.

Marina Antunes

CORN ISLAND wasn’t on my radar until just before VIFF started and then buzz started to generate. Apparently it’s pretty great.

I didn’t care much for LEVIATHAN (though it is ballsy). If anyone should be a front runner it should be MOMMY.

Kurt Halfyard

Leviathan is perhaps my favourite film of the year.

David Brook

I’d say Two Days One Night has a very good chance of taking the gong (although I was a teensy bit disappointed – review forthcoming), with Ida, Mommy, Leviathan and possibly Winter Sleep in with chances too. Timbuktu has been getting some buzz too, but maybe not enough.

Robert Reineke

Human Capital and Force Majeure are good movies. I don’t see either of them winning, but nominations for them wouldn’t be a stretch.

I believe Human Capital is playing at Flyway, for people headed that way.

Bob Turnbull

Of the 5 I’ve seen, three are fantastic: “1001 Grams”, “Leviathan” and “Ida” (which has stunning B&W photography – that alone is reason enough to see it, though it’s quite marvelous overall).

“Haemoo” was really solid and takes quite a dark turn, but then all the characters lose anything interesting about them. Lots of people loved “Wild Tales”, but the execution was lacking on most of the stories for me and I found it nowhere near as funny as many did.

“Mommy” and “Two Days, One Night” are the 2 I’m most excited to see at this point…