Canadian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Great way to discover Canadian films :)

Note it's for foreign language only, so most of these are Quebecois. There are a few other languages selected, however, like Hindi and Inuktitut.

Only one has actually won the award-- The Barbarian Invasions, by Denis Arcand.
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1.
Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
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Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life... (104 mins.)
Director: Claude Jutra
 
2.
La vraie nature de Bernadette (1972)
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A woman imbued with naturalistic and libertarian theories leaves her city home to live in the countryside with her young son... (115 mins.)
Director: Gilles Carle
 
3.
Orderers (1974)
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A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec. (109 mins.)
Director: Michel Brault
 
4.
J.A. Martin photographe (1977)
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The wife of photographer J.A. Martin decides to go with him in his tour of the hard Canadian countryside at the turn of the century... (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Beaudin
 
5.
Mourir à tue-tête (1979)
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A director and an editor, both woman, cannot work on a movie presenting the rape of a nurse without reacting on the scenes they're working on... (96 mins.)
 
6.
Les bons débarras (1980)
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A woman is overwhelmed with having to deal with her emotionally unstable daughter, mentally-challenged brother and two suitors while simultaneously trying to run her small firewood business. (120 mins.)
 
7.
Les Plouffe (1981)
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The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II. (227 mins.)
Director: Gilles Carle
 
8.
Les fleurs sauvages (1982)
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Three generations of a family struggle to be open with each other during a week of summer vacation at their country cottage. (152 mins.)
 
9.
Bonheur d'occasion (1983)
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In the early 1940's, Canada is a country at war and Florentine is a young woman, from a very poor family... (123 mins.)
Director: Claude Fournier
 
10.
Sonatine (1984)
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Two teenaged friends have separate difficult experiences that make the girls seriously consider suicide. (91 mins.)
 
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The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
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Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat. (101 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
13.
Un zoo la nuit (1987)
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Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie... (115 mins.)
 
14.
Les portes tournantes (1988)
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A quiet painter, separated from his wife for a year, receives a suitcase in the mail from his mother... (101 mins.)
 
15.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself. (118 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
16.
Une histoire inventée (1990)
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An irresistible woman, Florence, dragging her last 50 disconsolate lovers behind her. A trumpet in the end of his career... (100 mins.)
Director: André Forcier
 
17.
A Bullet in the Head (1990)
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A civilian and a soldier become unlikely allies in this allegorical examination of friendship and the evils of war. Filmed in Quebec, Canada. (89 mins.)
Director: Attila Bertalan
 
18.
Léolo (1992)
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his... (107 mins.)
 
19.
Le sexe des étoiles (1993)
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Camille don't like the man her mother seen. She still dreaming about her father who's living in New York... (104 mins.)
 
20.
Mon amie Max (1994)
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Catherine, a concert pianist, is surprised one night by the arrival of her best friend from childhood... (106 mins.)
Director: Michel Brault
 
21.
The Confessional (1995)
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The year is 1952, in Quebec City. Rachel, 16, unmarried, and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Lepage
 
22.
Not Me! (1996)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Pierre Gang
 
23.
Cosmos (1996)
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Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see... (99 mins.)
 
24.
August 32nd on Earth (1998)
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Young Simone gets hit by a near fatal car crash, and as she questions her mortality, she also decides to have a baby... (88 mins.)
 
25.
Set Me Free (1999)
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Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush on her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it's like to be a prostitute for an evening. (95 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
26.
Maelstrom (2000)
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After plunging her car into a river, a woman encounters a man who helps her come to terms with her life. (87 mins.)
 
27.
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
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The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. (172 mins.)
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
 
28.
Soft Shell Man (2001)
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An emotionally immature underwater photographer returns home to an affair with his best friend's deaf girlfriend and unresolved issues with the wife he left six months before. (102 mins.)
Director: André Turpin
 
29.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
30.
The Far Side of the Moon (2003)
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After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Lepage
 
31.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
32.
Water (2005)
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The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
33.
Days of Darkness (2007)
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Jean-Marc Leblanc (Labrèche), a desperate civil servant, escapes reality as we all know it, to imagine himself as the hero in imaginary adventures. (104 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
34.
The Necessities of Life (2008)
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In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City... (102 mins.)
Director: Benoît Pilon
 
35.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
36.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)