2010 Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

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1.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ Argentina ” - espartaco
 
2.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Germany ” - espartaco
 
3.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
“ Peru ” - espartaco
 
4.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ France ” - espartaco
 
5.
Ajami (2009)
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Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami. (124 mins.)
“ Israel ” - espartaco
 
6.
Kelin (2009)
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A woman is led by her family to her new husband's home, to live with, presumably, his elderly mother and younger brother... (82 mins.)
Director: Ermek Tursunov
“ Kazakhstan ” - espartaco
 
7.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
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Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy... (100 mins.)
“ Australia ” - espartaco
 
8.
The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
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The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self. (105 mins.)
“ Bulgaria ” - espartaco
 
9.
Winter in Wartime (2008)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot. (103 mins.)
“ Netherlands ” - espartaco
 
10.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (129 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ South Korea ” - espartaco
 
11.
The Wind Journeys (2009)
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A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher. (117 mins.)
Director: Ciro Guerra
“ Colombia ” - espartaco
 
12.
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
“ Canada ” - espartaco
 
13.
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
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With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father... (74 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
“ Finland ” - espartaco
 
14.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Iran ” - espartaco
 
15.
Forever Enthralled (2008)
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A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star. (147 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ China ” - espartaco
 
16.
Police, Adjective (2009)
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A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends. (115 mins.)
“ Rumania ” - espartaco
 
17.
Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
“ Norway ” - espartaco
 
18.
Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008)
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Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways. (88 mins.)
“ Iceland ” - espartaco
 
19.
Baarìa (2009)
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Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born. (163 mins.)
“ Italy ” - espartaco
 
20.
London River (2009)
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Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. (84 mins.)
“ Algeria ” - espartaco
 
21.
Involuntary (2008)
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In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
“ Sweden ” - espartaco
 
22.
Home (2008)
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Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened. (98 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ Switzerland ” - espartaco
 
23.
The Misfortunates (2009)
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13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny? (108 mins.)
“ Belgium ” - espartaco
 
24.
Prince of Tears (2009)
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Two sisters whose family moves to Taiwan after their father fights in the civil war against the communists in mainland China, find their lives turned upside-down after their parents are thrown into jail and accused of being spies. (122 mins.)
Director: Yonfan
“ Hong Kong ” - espartaco
 
25.
Terribly Happy (2008)
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A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown. (99 mins.)
“ Denmark ” - espartaco
 
26.
Protektor (2009)
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A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife... (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Najbrt
“ Czech Republic ” - espartaco
 
27.
Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009)
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Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince"... (110 mins.)
“ Uruguay ” - espartaco
 
28.
Time of Fear (2009)
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The widow piano teacher Lúcia and her unemployed teenage son Rafa move to a poor neighborhood in the... (119 mins.)
Director: Sergio Rezende
“ Brazil ” - espartaco
 
29.
For a Moment, Freedom (2008)
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Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas. (110 mins.)
Director: Arash T. Riahi
“ Austria ” - espartaco
 
30.
Fallen Gods (2008)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Ernesto Daranas
“ Cuba ” - espartaco
 
31.
Afghan Star (2009 Documentary)
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A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show. (87 mins.)
Director: Havana Marking
“ United Kingdom ” - espartaco
 
32.
Don't Burn (2009)
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In the spring of 2005, an old mother living in Hanoi receives a diary. The diary carries the notes of... (100 mins.)
Director: Dang Nhat Minh
“ Vietnam ” - espartaco
 
33.
I Saw the Sun (2009)
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In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war... (120 mins.)
“ Turkey ” - espartaco
 
34.
Cannot Live Without You (2009)
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A down and out man and his daughter live in an illegal hovel. The two live a happy peaceful life until the authorities intervene when the child reaches school age. (85 mins.)
Director: Leon Dai
“ Taiwan ” - espartaco
 
35.
Backyard (2009)
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The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery? (122 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
“ Mexico ” - espartaco
 
36.
The Dancer and the Thief (2009)
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With the advent of democracy in Chile, a general amnesty for prisoners of non violent crime is enacted... (127 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
“ Spain ” - espartaco
 
37.
Chameleon (2008)
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While cleaning offices at night, George learns a lot about the employees by examining what they leave behind... (108 mins.)
Director: Krisztina Goda
“ Hungary ” - espartaco
 
38.
“ Mongolia ” - espartaco
 
39.
Best of Times (2009)
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Some people spend most of their lives trying to forget their first love, but some spend a lifetime reminiscing about their last love... (117 mins.)
“ Thailand ” - espartaco
 
40.
White Wedding (2009)
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A young groom and his best man lost on a road trip, run into a young English doctor. (93 mins.)
Director: Jann Turner
“ South Africa ” - espartaco
 
41.
“ Sri Lanka ” - espartaco
 
42.
Landscape No.2 (2008)
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The burglars Sergej and Polde steal the valuable painting "Landscape No.2". By coincidence Sergej also... (90 mins.)
“ Slovenia ” - espartaco
 
43.
St. George Shoots the Dragon (2009)
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The Kingdom of Serbia, as part of the Balkan League, battling the remaining Turkish occupiers during... (120 mins.)
“ Serbia ” - espartaco
 
44.
Doomed Love (2008)
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A loner, narcissistic and suicidal teenager attracts most of the people he meets like a fatal aura, a black light... (81 mins.)
Director: Mário Barroso
“ Portugal ” - espartaco
 
45.
Ward No. 6 (2009)
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Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum... (83 mins.)
“ Russia ” - espartaco
 
46.
Southern District (2009)
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For a rich upper-class family locked into their own little world, Bolivia's social changes threaten to burst their bubble. (108 mins.)
“ Bolivia ” - espartaco
 
47.
Dawson Isla 10 (2009)
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After the 1973 coup that deposed Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile, the former members of his cabinet are imprisoned on Dawson Island... (117 mins.)
Director: Miguel Littin
“ Chile ” - espartaco
 
48.
Kabo & Platon (2009)
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Two adolescent boys want their first reggaeton music demo produced, hoping fame and fortune will come their way and put an end to their life of economic struggle. (90 mins.)
“ Puerto Rico ” - espartaco
 
49.
The Reverse (2009)
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A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty... (99 mins.)
Director: Borys Lankosz
“ Poland ” - espartaco
 
50.
Grandpa Is Dead (2009)
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A large family with lots of issues gather together to mourn the death of the family patriarch. But getting... (90 mins.)
“ Philippines ” - espartaco
 
51.
Casanegra (2008)
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Two childhood friends, Karim and Adil, prowl the streets of Casablanca, their native city. They do not do much... (131 mins.)
“ Morocco ” - espartaco
 
52.
Broken Promise (2009)
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A true story of a Jewish boy Martin,talented soccer player,has to make a risky lifetime decisions in... (129 mins.)
Director: Jirí Chlumský
“ Slovakia ” - espartaco
 
53.
Wingless (2009)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Ivo Trajkov
“ Macedonia ” - espartaco
 
54.
Réfractaire (2009)
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May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine. (97 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Steil
“ Luxembourg ” - espartaco
 
55.
Vortex (2009)
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The story of the generation who lived through the entire Soviet period is told through the main character: his childhood spent in a village, true friendship, work in Soviet Klaipeda, thrilling eroticism, and a final, fatal love. (140 mins.)
Director: Gytis Luksas
“ Lithuania ” - espartaco
 
56.
Nobody to Watch Over Me (2008)
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Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old... (118 mins.)
“ Japan ” - espartaco
 
57.
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra, India's first feature-length B&W silent film. (96 mins.)
Director: Paresh Mokashi
“ India ” - espartaco
 
58.
Jamila and the President (2009)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Ratna Sarumpaet
“ Indonesia ” - espartaco
 
59.
Slaves in Their Bonds (2008)
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Genteel aristocrats and the terrible impasse erect in front of them their debts, forbidden loves and marriages interests, passions and conflicts. (127 mins.)
“ Greece ” - espartaco
 
60.
Gagma napiri (2009)
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A young refugee and his mother flee war and ethnic cleansing in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia... (90 mins.)
“ Georgia ” - espartaco
 
61.
December Heat (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The young country of Estonia is dancing to the jazzy tune of the 1920s when, on December 1 1924, the... (92 mins.)
Director: Asko Kase
“ Estonia ” - espartaco
 
62.
Donkey (2009)
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It is 1995. The summer when the war operation Storm will take place. Boro, who is going to be forty in a year and a half... (90 mins.)
Director: Antonio Nuic
“ Croatia ” - espartaco
 
63.
Nightguards (2008)
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Mahir is married to Geraldine for three years and still they have no children. So Mahir becomes convinced that he is pregnant. From that moment, he keeps throwing up. (87 mins.)
Director: Namik Kabil
“ Bosnia ” - espartaco
 
64.
Beyond the Circle (2009)
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A political fable in which a village musician gets swept up in the market economy of big city Dhaka. (87 mins.)
“ Bangladesh ” - espartaco
 
65.
Autumn of the Magician (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Scriptwriter, author, artist, sculptor, dramatist, architect, journalist, constructor, philanthropist... (53 mins.)
“ Armenia ” - espartaco
 
66.
Alive! (2009)
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In a country where tradition is constantly at war with modernity, Koll is a college student set on enjoying his youth to the fullest... (90 mins.)
Director: Artan Minarolli
“ Albania ” - espartaco
 
67.
Libertador Morales, el justiciero (2009)
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An honest motorcycle-taxi driver and law-abiding citizen, Libertador Morales dons a disguise to become El Justiciero, an avenging motorcycle hero who foils the crime spree of a local street gang in Caracas. (102 mins.)
“ Venezuela ” - espartaco