Oscar Foreign 2011

The Foreign Language Film "longlist for the 2012 Academy Awards
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1.
The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)
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An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business. (109 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
2.
Six Shooters (2010)
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Aballay was a bad tempered gaucho. After killing a man, the terrified look of the victim's son raised his consciousness about his savagery. Years go by, that kid's look doesn't leave him. Aballay knows that the kid will look for him. (100 mins.)
Director: Fernando Spiner
 
3.
Breathing (2011)
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Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. (94 mins.)
Director: Karl Markovics
 
4.
Bullhead (2011)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. (129 mins.)
 
5.
Belvedere (2010)
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The film deals with the tragedy of the women survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, or rather, the consequences of the horrors they experienced... (90 mins.)
Director: Ahmed Imamovic
 
6.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
7.
Tilt (2011)
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TILT is a love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 1980s and early '90s... (94 mins.)
 
8.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
9.
Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
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A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. (110 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
 
10.
The Flowers of War (2011)
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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
11.
The Colors of the Mountain (2010)
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Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper... (90 mins.)
 
12.
72 days (2010)
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A family from isolated village in Lika makes a good living out of American pension earned by their late... (93 mins.)
 
13.
Habanastation (2011)
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Directed mainly for kids, the film speaks of a Havana that "reveals two distinct faces, from the everyday life of a couple of kids"... (95 mins.)
Director: Ian Padrón
 
14.
Alois Nebel (2011)
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A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. (84 mins.)
Director: Tomás Lunák
 
15.
Superclásico (2011)
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Christian is a Copenhagen wine seller on the brink of bankruptcy. Equally unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life... (99 mins.)
 
16.
Lust (2011)
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(135 mins.)
 
17.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
18.
Declaration of War (2011)
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When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival. (100 mins.)
 
19.
Chantrapas (2010)
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Nicolas is an artist, a filmmaker who merely wants to express himself and whom everyone wishes to reduce to silence... (122 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
20.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
21.
Attenberg (2010)
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Stuck in her boring factory town, twenty-three-year-old Marina is at the mercy of both her father's impending death and her distaste for other humans. (97 mins.)
 
22.
A Simple Life (2011)
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After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home. (118 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
23.
The Turin Horse (2011)
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A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. (155 mins.)
 
24.
Volcano (2011)
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Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past. (99 mins.)
 
25.
Abu, Son of Adam (2011)
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Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim... (101 mins.)
Director: Salim Ahmed
 
26.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
27.
As If I Am Not There (2010)
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A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama... (109 mins.)
Director: Juanita Wilson
 
28.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
29.
Terraferma (2011)
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A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island. (88 mins.)
 
30.
Postcard (2010)
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Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle... (114 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
31.
The Front Line (2011)
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A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south. (133 mins.)
Director: Hun Jang
 
32.
Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
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A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. (110 mins.)
Director: Nadine Labaki
 
33.
Back to Your Arms (2010)
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June, 1961. Ethnic Lithuanian father and daughter Vladas and Ruta were separated during the events of WWII... (90 mins.)
 
34.
Punk's Not Dead (2011)
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A group of crotchety codgers attempt to revive the punk-rock band they all played in 17 years earlier in "Punk Is Not Dead," from Macedonian scribe-helmer (104 mins.)
 
35.
Miss Bala (2011)
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After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding. (113 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
 
36.
Omar Killed Me (2011)
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In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home... (85 mins.)
Director: Roschdy Zem
 
37.
Sonny Boy (2011)
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Forbidden love. (130 mins.)
Director: Maria Peters
 
38.
The Orator (2011)
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Saili, an unassuming villager & taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia... (110 mins.)
Director: Tusi Tamasese
 
39.
Happy, Happy (2010)
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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living... (85 mins.)
Director: Anne Sewitsky
 
40.
October (2010)
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Clemente, a moneylender of few words, is a new hope for Sofía, his single neighbor, devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles... (83 mins.)
 
41.
The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011)
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Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film... (87 mins.)
 
42.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
 
43.
José and Pilar (2010 Documentary)
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"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature... (117 mins.)
 
44.
Morgen (2010)
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An turkish immigrant tries to cross the Romanian Hungarian Border on his way to Germany and has only 500 Deutschmark for this ... (100 mins.)
Director: Marian Crisan
 
45.
Utomlennye solntsem 2 (2011)
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The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed... (157 mins.)
 
46.
Montevideo: Taste of a Dream (2010)
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A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends. (140 mins.)
 
47.
Tatsumi (2011)
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A story based on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a mangaka known for his gekiga style of alternate Japanese manga. (96 mins.)
Director: Eric Khoo
 
48.
Gypsy (2011)
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Gypsy tells the story of Adam, a boy who, after his father dies, tries to cross the boundary of his... (100 mins.)
Director: Martin Sulík
 
49.
Silent Sonata (2010)
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Described as a Slovenian war drama. (77 mins.)
Director: Janez Burger
 
50.
Beauty (2011)
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Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Hermanus
 
51.
Black Bread (2010)
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In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds... (108 mins.)
 
52.
Beyond (2010)
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A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman's experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism. (99 mins.)
Director: Pernilla August
 
53.
Summer Games (2011)
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The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic's parents... (141 mins.)
Director: Rolando Colla
 
54.
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (2011)
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An indigenous clan-based people living in harmony with nature find their way of life threatened when violent interlopers from another culture arrive, intent on seizing their natural resources and enslaving them. (144 mins.)
Director: Te-Sheng Wei
 
55.
Kon Khon (2011)
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An orphan, Chart, raised by his master after his parent's death and trained be to be a Khon dancer, becomes involved with the dance teacher Rambai. (90 mins.)
 
56.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
 
57.
The Silent House (2010)
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The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura... (86 mins.)
 
58.
The Rumble of the Stones (2011)
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Delia survived a river-flood ten years ago. She's trying to rebuilt her life but she soon discovers danger is over her two sons. But hope of reconstruction is possible, because the force of love,despite all, keep them united. (100 mins.)
 
59.
The Prince and the Pagoda Boy (2010)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Trong Ninh Luu
 
60.
Letters to Angel (2011)
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Film about a man who was sent to fight in Afghanistan years ago, where he converted to Islam. He now... (118 mins.)
Director: Sulev Keedus
 
61.
Love Child (2011)
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Maria, 18 year old daughter of a single mother, decides to look for the father she has never met after her mother dies in a tragic accident... (97 mins.)
Director: Leticia Tonos
 
62.
Amnesty (2011)
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Conjugal visits unite two strangers visiting a prison to meet their incarcerated spouses. During these visits... (83 mins.)
Director: Buyar Alimani
 
63.
Under the Protection of Ka'Bah (2011)
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Growing up in West Sumatra in the 1920s, Hamid and Zainab comes from families from very different social classes... (121 mins.)
Director: Hanny Saputra
 
64.
Patagonia (2010)
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A young Welsh couple travel to Argentina to work on their relationship. (119 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
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66.
América (2011)
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While the setting of her Caribbean beach village seems picture-perfect, America's life is anything but peaceful... (97 mins.)
Director: Sonia Fritz