Oscar foreign submissions 2012

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1.
The Patience Stone (2012)
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In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before. (102 mins.)
Director: Atiq Rahimi
“ Afghanistan ” - runefromnorway
 
2.
Pharmakon (2012)
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In Joni Shanaj's multi-layered debut, a young man returns from his studies in the US, only to fall in... (134 mins.)
Director: Joni Shanaj
“ Albania ” - runefromnorway
 
3.
Zabana! (2012)
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(107 mins.)
“ Algeria ” - runefromnorway
 
4.
Clandestine Childhood (2011)
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Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name... (112 mins.)
“ Argentina ” - runefromnorway
 
5.
If Only Everyone (2012)
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The story of friendship between an Armenian veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the daughter of one of his fallen comrades. (95 mins.)
“ Armenia ” - runefromnorway
 
6.
Lore (2012)
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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. (109 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
“ Australia ” - runefromnorway
 
7.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Austria - WINNER ” - runefromnorway
 
8.
Buta (2011)
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"Buta" is the story of a lonely 7-year old boy (named Buta), who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother... (98 mins.)
Director: Ilgar Najaf
“ Azerbaijan ” - runefromnorway
 
9.
Ghetu Putro Komola (2012)
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Story of a teenage boy who is hired by a colonial era landlord to entertain him until the annual flood is over. (101 mins.)
Director: Humayun Ahmed
“ Bangladesh ” - runefromnorway
 
10.
Our Children (2012)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children... (111 mins.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
“ Belgium ” - runefromnorway
 
11.
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
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Siblings Rahima and Nedim are the Bosnian war orphans. She works as a restaurant chef and earns just enough money to survive. (90 mins.)
Director: Aida Begic
“ Bosnia-Herzegovina ” - runefromnorway
 
12.
The Clown (2011)
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Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way. (88 mins.)
Director: Selton Mello
“ Brazil ” - runefromnorway
 
13.
Sneakers (2011)
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The story of a Summer shared by six young people. It all begins with their escapes from the bleak and dreary City... (111 mins.)
“ Bulgaria ” - runefromnorway
 
14.
Lost Loves (2010)
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The heart wrenching true story of Leav Sila, just one of many countless mothers that did all they could to keep their family alive... (111 mins.)
Director: Bora Chhay
“ Cambodia ” - runefromnorway
 
15.
War Witch (2012)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
“ Canada - NOMINATED ” - runefromnorway
 
16.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
“ Chile - NOMINATED ” - runefromnorway
 
17.
Caught in the Web (2012)
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The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen... (117 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ China ” - runefromnorway
 
18.
The Snitch Cartel (2011)
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The life of Andres Lopez Lopez during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle". (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Moreno
“ Colombia ” - runefromnorway
 
19.
Vegetarian Cannibal (2012)
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A medical horror of corrupt gynecologists and true events from Croatian hospitals that will shock the public. (85 mins.)
Director: Branko Schmidt
“ Croatia ” - runefromnorway
 
20.
In the Shadow (2012)
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In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelery robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar... (106 mins.)
Director: David Ondrícek
“ Czech Republic ” - runefromnorway
 
21.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ Denmark - NOMINATED ” - runefromnorway
 
22.
Check Mate (2012)
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(81 mins.)
“ Dominican Republic ” - runefromnorway
 
23.
Mushrooming (2012)
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A journalist has gotten wind of corruption rumors involving a politician. On the day the journalist tries to contact him, he decides to go mushrooming with his wife. (93 mins.)
Director: Toomas Hussar
“ Estonia ” - runefromnorway
 
24.
Purge (2012)
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A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past. (125 mins.)
“ Finland ” - runefromnorway
 
25.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ France - FINAL 9 ” - runefromnorway
 
26.
Keep Smiling (2012)
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10 women, seven of them belonging to the poorest population, are desperately trying to win a beauty contest for mothers who have more than 3 children. The winner will get an apartment and $25000. (90 mins.)
Director: Rusudan Chkonia
“ Georgia ” - runefromnorway
 
27.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
“ Germany ” - runefromnorway
 
28.
Unfair World (2011)
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Sotiris is a police interrogator. One day he decides to pardon every poor person to whom life has been cruel... (107 mins.)
Director: Filippos Tsitos
“ Greece ” - runefromnorway
 
29.
Inuk (2010)
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Several years after losing his father, Inuk learns the way of his people again. (90 mins.)
Director: Mike Magidson
“ Greenland ” - runefromnorway
 
30.
Life Without Principle (2011)
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Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems. (107 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Hong Kong ” - runefromnorway
 
31.
Just the Wind (2012)
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Unknown racist murderers have already attacked four families. Some of them died. Who will be the next on this ordinary day? Inspired by a true story. (95 mins.)
“ Hungary ” - runefromnorway
 
32.
The Deep (2012)
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Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland. (95 mins.)
“ Iceland - FINAL 9 ” - runefromnorway
 
33.
Barfi! (2012)
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ India ” - runefromnorway
 
34.
The Dancer (2011)
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Young teenagers Rasus and Srintil fall in loved amidst living in poverty in their small, poor village of Dukuh Paruk in 1960s... (112 mins.)
Director: Ifa Isfansyah
“ Indonesia ” - runefromnorway
 
35.
Fill the Void (2012)
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A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. (90 mins.)
Director: Rama Burshtein
“ Israel ” - runefromnorway
 
36.
Caesar Must Die (2012)
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Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." (77 mins.)
“ Italy ” - runefromnorway
 
37.
Our Homeland (2012)
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Based on the director's own experience, Our Homeland follows a Korean family living in Japan, of which... (100 mins.)
Director: Yong-hi Yang
“ Japan ” - runefromnorway
 
38.
Zhauzhürek myng bala (2012)
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A universal story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery and despotism, about love, loss and betrayal. It is seen through the eyes of simple Kazakh kids and teenagers. (90 mins.)
Director: Aqan Sataev
“ Kazakhstan ” - runefromnorway
 
39.
Nairobi Half Life (2012)
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A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity. (96 mins.)
“ Kenya ” - runefromnorway
 
40.
Pustoy dom (2012)
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Kyrgyzstan. Ascel is engaged to Sultan, the local Mr Big with the grandest house. This looks like a palace to Ascel... (98 mins.)
Director: Nurbek Egen
“ Kyrgyzstan ” - runefromnorway
 
41.
Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg (2012)
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Adam's first wife Lilith is mentioned in ancient Oriental legends, in Talmud and in the medieval books of Cabala... (125 mins.)
“ Latvia ” - runefromnorway
 
42.
Ramin (2011 Documentary)
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Ramin Lomsadze, a 75-years old Georgian wrestler who once won seven matches in 55 seconds, is getting... (58 mins.)
Director: Audrius Stonys
“ Lithuania ” - runefromnorway
 
43.
The Third Half (2012)
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Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change. (113 mins.)
Director: Darko Mitrevski
“ Macedonia ” - runefromnorway
 
44.
Bunohan: Return to Murder (2011)
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A complex story of murder, passion and haunting memories for three estranged brothers and their ailing father. (97 mins.)
Director: Dain Said
“ Malaysia ” - runefromnorway
 
45.
After Lucia (2012)
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Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
“ Mexico ” - runefromnorway
 
46.
Death for Sale (2011)
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In Tetouan, at the northern edge of Morocco, three young men decide to rob a jewelry store. The heist goes awry, and their destinies part drastically. (117 mins.)
“ Morocco ” - runefromnorway
 
47.
Kauwboy (2012)
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A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen. (81 mins.)
Director: Boudewijn Koole
“ Netherlands ” - runefromnorway
 
48.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
“ Norway - NOMINATED ” - runefromnorway
 
49.
When I Saw You (2012)
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1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope... (98 mins.)
Director: Annemarie Jacir
“ Palestine ” - runefromnorway
 
50.
The Bad Intentions (2011)
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A young girl convinces herself that she will die on the same day that her brother will be born. (110 mins.)
“ Peru ” - runefromnorway
 
51.
Bwakaw (2012)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Jun Robles Lana
“ Philippines ” - runefromnorway
 
52.
80 Millions (2011)
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Solidarity activists prepare a bravura heist, taking out 80 mln from a union bank account just before it is blocked by communist authorities. (102 mins.)
“ Poland ” - runefromnorway
 
53.
Blood of My Blood (2011)
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A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week. (131 mins.)
Director: João Canijo
“ Portugal ” - runefromnorway
 
54.
Beyond the Hills (2012)
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The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany. (150 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
“ Romania - FINAL 9 ” - runefromnorway
 
55.
Belyy tigr (2012)
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Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction. (104 mins.)
“ Russia ” - runefromnorway
 
56.
When Day Breaks (2012)
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The story of a retired music professor, Misha Brankov, who under unusual circumstances discovers his true origins... (95 mins.)
“ Serbia ” - runefromnorway
 
57.
Yi Pao Er Hong (2011)
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A light hearted comedy about a girl from a small town in Malaysia who dreams of becoming a star in neighboring Singapore... (120 mins.)
Director: Michelle Chong
“ Singapore ” - runefromnorway
 
58.
Made in Ash (2012)
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A poignant story about a young girl named Dorotka, who hails from eastern Slovakia. Full of determination... (84 mins.)
Director: Iveta Grofova
“ Slovakia ” - runefromnorway
 
59.
A Trip (2011)
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Three friends embark on a road trip like in high school, but things have changed - Gregor is going to war mission, Ziva is going to study abroad, while Andrej is still the same. There are secrets left unsaid. Can their friendship survive? (85 mins.)
Director: Nejc Gazvoda
“ Slovenia ” - runefromnorway
 
60.
Little One (2013)
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Sometimes healing comes from the most unexpected places. (84 mins.)
“ South Africa ” - runefromnorway
 
61.
Pieta (2012)
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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ South Korea ” - runefromnorway
 
62.
Snow White (2012)
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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. (104 mins.)
Director: Pablo Berger
“ Spain ” - runefromnorway
 
63.
The Hypnotist (2012)
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A detective pairs himself with a famous psychologist on a case involving a traumatized young witness to a crime. (122 mins.)
“ Sweden ” - runefromnorway
 
64.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ Switzerland - FINAL 9 ” - runefromnorway
 
65.
Touch of the Light (2012)
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A drama centered on the experiences of a blind piano prodigy. (110 mins.)
Director: Jung-chi Chang
“ Taiwan ” - runefromnorway
 
66.
Headshot (2011)
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A cop who becomes a hitman for a group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law finds his world turned upside down by a single a devastating blow. (105 mins.)
“ Thailand ” - runefromnorway
 
67.
Where the Fire Burns (2012)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Ismail Günes
“ Turkey ” - runefromnorway
 
68.
ToyKhtoProyshovKrizVohon (2011)
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The Hero of the Soviet Union becomes a GULAG prisoner and then an Indian Chief. (110 mins.)
“ Ukraine ” - runefromnorway
 
69.
The Delay (2012)
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A middle-aged, single mother of three cares for her eighty year old father, and they are pushed to the breaking point. (84 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Plá
“ Uruguay ” - runefromnorway
 
70.
Rock, Paper, Scissors (2012)
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Christian kidnaps Hector's son, unleashing a chain of events that will be tragic for everyone involved. (110 mins.)
Director: Hernán Jabes
“ Venezuela ” - runefromnorway
 
71.
The Scent of Burning Grass (2012)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Huu Muoi Nguyen
“ Vietnam ” - runefromnorway