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83 Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards

11 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Every year Hollywood gets a curated batch of films from dozens of countries seeking an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. One film per nation is chosen to represent the best of its cinematic production during the previous year. Certainly the chosen film is not always the ideal candidate, but the reasoning behind the selection usually follows two patterns: there are countries that go with the best film even if this is not the most appealing choice and there are countries that go with the most ambitious, industry-friendly, and financially successful work. This year the astonishing number of submissions – a total of 83 – makes for an incredible list of films that range from those that sport festival pedigree of the highest caliber, unknown gems looking for an audience, expensive visual achievements, and obscure art house hopefuls.

This year more than most, there are a great number of films with serious possibilities. There is no unshakable front-runner, but there are numerous favorites. Yet, looking at last year’s 9 shortlisted films and eventual 5 nominees, nothing is written in stone. Critics and audience favorites like “ The Past” (Iran), “Gloria” (Chile), “Heli” (Mexico), and “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) were left out to include surprises like “The Missing Picture“ (Cambodia), “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” (Bosnia & Herzegovina) or “The Notebook” (Hungary).

With Awards Season now in full swing and knowing that this is one of the most difficult races to follow, here is a comprehensive list that includes information for each of the 83 submissions. Below each poster you will find the title of the film linked to its page on IMDb Pro followed by the title in the original language; the director’s name also linked to his/her IMDb Page; the language the film is primarily in; the name of the U.S. distributor if there is one; the name of the film’s International Sales Agent (Isa) or Production Company (PC) linked to the film’s page on Cinando; and a link to the film’s trailer (most of them have English subtitles, others are only in the original language, and a few are videos related to the film because a trailer wasn't available). In addition, reviews and interviews with many of these filmmakers will be added regularly.

Before getting into the list, let’s take a look at some of the statistics and patterns among these 83 foreign language features.

Period Dramas/Biopics

Several countries selected films based on the lives of prominent local figures or great period pieces, both showcase the level of films being produced across the globe in terms of production value and scope. Mexico’s “Cantinflas,” Venezuela’s “The Liberator,” Kyrgyzstan “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Bolivia’s “Forgotten,” Indonesia’s “Soekarno,” Greece’s “Little England,” Macedonia’s “To the Hilt,” Hong Kong’s “The Golden Era,” Austria’s “The Dark Valley,” Switzerland’s “The Circle,” Bulgaria’s “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Serbia’s “ See You in Montevideo,” Slovakia’s “A Step Into the Dark” and New Zealand’s “The Dead Lands” are some of the most expensive films ever made in their respective territories. All of them are epic productions that highlight an important historical period using impressive cinematography, a great number of extras, intricate costumes, lavish locations, detailed production design, as well as great battle sequences in several of them. Other more traditional biopics/period pieces on the list include France’s “Saint Laurent,” The Netherlands “ Accused,” Germany’s “Beloved Sisters,” Spain’s “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed” and the Czech Republic’s “Fair Play

Masters and Festival Winners

Not surprisingly many of the films on the list come into this race after winning important awards at international festivals. Furthermore, a handful of them are from master filmmakers, masters in the making, or unique new voices. These films include Belgium’s “Two Days, One Night” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, Nyff, AFI Fest) by the Dardenne Brothers, Canada’s “Mommy” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, AFI Fest) by prodigy Xavier Dolan, Chile’s “To Kill a Man” (Sundance, Rotterdam, Cartagena) by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Hungary's "White God" (Cannes) by Kornél Mundruczó, Norway’s “1001 Grams” (Tiff) by Bent Hamer, Poland’s “Ida”(Tiff, Sundance) by Pawel Pawlikowski, Russia’s “Leviathan” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, AFI Fest) by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Sweden’s “Force Majeure” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff) by Ruben Östlund, and Turkey’s “ Winter Sleep” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. All of these films have played at renowned international festivals and most have earned important recognition there.

Out of the Box

Whether they are aware of their actual possibilities at a nomination or not, each year a few countries take the risk of sending a film that defies convention despite having more safe choices. But that is not say they are entirely out of the race, films like “The Missing Picture” and “Dogtooth” prove that sometimes there is room for daring and unique filmmaking. With “Rocks in My Pockets” Latvia is the only country to submit an animated film this year. The film is an inventive and colorful look at depression. Then there is the almost-silent and highly poetic Ecuadorian entry “Silence in Dreamland” and Singapore’s musically driven drama “Sayang Disayang.” However, the boldest selection has to be the Philippines’ “Norte, the End of History” by acclaimed auteur Lav Diaz, which runs over four hours and is inspired by Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment.

Documentaries

Only two countries chose to go with non-fiction entries. One of them is Panama’s “Invasion,” which deals with the aftermath of the U.S. intervention in that country in 1989. This is the Central American nation’s first ever Oscar submission. The other documentary contending is Portugal’s “ What Now? Remind Me,“ a self-portrait by filmmaker Joaquim Pinto exploring his struggles living with HIV. One should note that Portugal is one of the few countries in Western Europe to have never obtained a nomination in the category despite entering films consecutively for several decades.

Lgbt

Films with stories that highlight sexual diversity occasionally make their way into this list. Last year the only Lgbt title submitted was “ Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” which surprisingly came from Nepal and dealt with the relationship between two young women in the traditional Asian society. This time around two countries selected films with similar themes. Brazil’s festival darling “ The Way He Looks” – a sweet coming-of-age tale- was an audacious choice among the many other films the South American country produces every year. Then there is Switzerland’s “The Circle” about a pioneering gay publication during the 1940s/1950s in Zurich and the real life relationship between two of its prominent members.

Surprising Choices

As it usually happens, some countries go against what the industry expects and decide to send films that weren’t on most people’s radars. Bulgaria for example selected “Bulgarian Rhapsody” by veteran director Ivan Nitchev over Sundance’s “Viktoria” by young female director Maya Vitkova. Similarly, Ukraine overlooked Cannes favorite “The Tribe”- a powerful drama entirely in sign language - and decided to go with “The Guide” by Oles Sanin. Nevertheless, the most shocking decision came from China. Instead of selecting a Chinese-directed film like Berlin’s Golden Bear winner “Black Coal, Thin Ice” or Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” the Chinese selection committee chose “The Nightingale” by French director Philippe Muyl. Despite having a European helmer the film is authentically Chinese in terms of language and story, but it was still an unexpected move from the traditionally patriotic country.

First Timers

The unprecedented number of entries is in part due to the addition of countries submitting for the first time. Besides aforementioned Panama, there are three other debutant nations in the mix. Kosovo- a tiny Balkan state often associated with the rampart war that afflicted the region a few decades ago - is finally showcasing its film production. Their entry titled “Three Windows and a Hanging” is said to be a high quality, affecting drama. Malta - a European island nation near Italy - is often used as astonishing location for big budget studio films. This year, however, “ Simshar,” a great immigration drama will represent the country. Lastly, Mauritania – a prominently Muslim nation in Sub-Saharan Africa – selected Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,”which played in competition at Cannes,as their inaugural submission. Although Sissako has had several successful films at international festivals, this is the first time his country decides to participate.

Female Directors

Out of the 83 films, 14 were directed by women. That’s 17% of all entries. What’s more interesting is the fact that some of these films come from countries that are often seen as traditionally patriarchal societies. 3 Latin American entries were created by female directors: Colombia’s “Mateo,” Costa Rica’s “Red Princesses” and the Dominican Republic’s “Cristo Rey.” 4 from Asia: Hong Kong’s “ The Golden Era,” India’s “Liar’s Dice,” Japan’s “The Light Shines Only There,” and Pakistan’s “Dukhtar.” 2 from the Middle East: Israel’s “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Co-directed) and Palestine’s “Eyes of a Thief.” Lastly, 5 films from Europe: The Czech Republic’s “Fair Play,” Finland’s “Concrete Night,” Latvia’s “ Rocks in My Pockets,” Malta’s “Simshar” and the Netherlands’ “Accused.”

U.S. Distribution

Another interesting fact is the number of these films that already have U.S. distribution. Several of them have actually already opened theatrically here, and others are set to open early next year. Out 83 films, 24 already have U.S. distribution. That’s 29% of all films. Hopefully that number increases by the end of the season. The films are: Argentina’s “Wild Tales,” Austria’s “The Dark Valley,” Belgium’s “Two Days, One Night,” Brazil’s “The Way He Looks,” Canada’s “Mommy,” Chile’s “To Kill a Man,” France’s “Saint Laurent,” Germany’s “Beloved Sisters,” Hungary’s “White God,” Israel’s “ Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Italy’s “Human Capital,” Latvia’s “Rocks in My Pockets,” Mauritania’s “Timbuktu,” Mexico’s “Cantinflas,” Norway’s “1001 Grams,” The Philippines “Norte, the End of History,” Poland’s “Ida,” Portugal's "What Now? Remind Me," Russia’s “Leviathan,” Spain’s “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” Sweden’s “Force Majeure,” Switzerland’s “The Circle,” Turkey’s “Winter Sleep,” and Venezuela’s “ The Liberator.”

To see which distribution company has each of these films please refer to the list below.

Afghanistan

"A Few Cubic Meters of Love" (چند متر مکعب عشق)

Dir:  Jamshid Mahmoudi

Language:  Persian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Argentina

"Wild Tales" (Relatos Salvajes)

Dir:  Damián Szifrón

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Film Factory Entertainment

Trailer

Austria

"The Dark Valley" (Das finstere Tal)

Dir:  Andreas Prochaska

Language:  German

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

Isa:  Films Distribution

Trailer

Australia

"Charlie's Country"

Dir:  Rolf de Heer

Language:  Yolŋu Matha/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Visit Films

Trailer

Azerbaijan

"Nabat"

Dir:  Elcin Musaoglu

Language:  Azerbaijani

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Bangladesh

"Glow of the Firefly" (Jonakir Alo)

Dir:  Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Language:  Bengali

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Impress Telefilm

Trailer

Belgium

"Two Days, One Night" (Deux jours, une nuit)

Dir:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Language:  French/Arabic

U.S Distribution:  Sundance Selects

Isa:   Wild Bunch

Trailer

Bolivia

"Forgotten" (Olvidados)

Dir:  Carlos Bolado

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Flor de Loto Pictures

Trailer

Bosnia & Herzegovina

"With Mom" (Sa mamom)

Dir:  Faruk Loncarevic

Language: Bosnian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Scca/pro.ba

TraileR

Brazil

"The Way He Looks" (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

Dir:  Daniel Ribeiro

Language:  Portuguese

U.S Distribution:  Strand Releasing

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

Bulgaria

"Bulgarian Rhapsody" (българска рапсодия)

Dir:  Ivan Nitchev

Language:  Bulgarian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Cinepaz Eood

Trailer

Canada

"Mommy"

Dir:  Xavier Dolan

Language:  French/English

U.S Distribution:  Roadside Attractions

Isa:  Seville International

Trailer

Chile

"To Kill a Man" (Matar a un Hombre)

Dir:  Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

Isa:  Film Factory Entertainment

Trailer

China

"The Nightingale" (夜莺/Le promeneur d'oiseau)

Dir:  Philippe Muyl

Language:  Mandarin

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Kinology

Trailer

Colombia

"Mateo"

Dir:  Maria Gamboa

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Alpha Violet

Trailer

Costa Rica

"Red Princesses" (Princesas Rojas)

Dir:  Laura Astorga

Language:  Spanish 

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Latido Films Trailer

Croatia

"Cowboys" (Kauboji)

Dir:  Tomislav Mrsic

Language:  Croatian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Wide

Trailer

Cuba

"Behavior" (Conducta)

Dir:  Ernesto Daranas

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Latido Films

Trailer

Czech Republic

"Fair Play"

Dir:  Andrea Sedlácková Andrea Sedlácková

Language:  Czech

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  IntraMovies

Trailer

Denmark

"Sorrow and Joy" (Sorg og glæde)

Dir:  Nils Malmros

Language:  Danish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Nordisk Film Production  

Trailer

Dominican Republic

"Cristo Rey"

Dir:  Leticia Tonos

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  The Little Film Company

Trailer

Ecuador

"Silence in Dreamland" (El Silencio en la Tierra de los Sueños)

Dir:  Tito Molina

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  La Facultad  

Trailer

Egypt

"Factory Girl" (فتاة المصنع )

Dir:  Mohamed Khan

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  DayDream Art Production

Trailer

Estonia

"Tangerines" (Mandariinid)

Dir:  Zaza Urushadze

Language:  Estonian/Russian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Cinemavault

Trailer

Ethiopia

"Difret"

Dir:  Zeresenay Mehari

Language:  Amharic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

Finland

"Concrete Night" (Betoniyö)

Dir:  Pirjo Honkasalo

Language:  Finnish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Film Republic Trailer

France

"Saint Laurent"

Dir:  Bertrand Bonello

Language:  French

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Europacorp

Trailer

Georgia

"Corn Island" (სიმინდის კუნძული)

Dir:  George Ovashvili

Language:  Georgian/Abkhazian/Russian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Arizona Productions

Trailer

Germany

"Beloved Sisters" (Die geliebten Schwestern)

Dir:  Dominik Graf

Language:  German /French

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Global Screen

Trailer

Greece

"Little England" (Μικρά Αγγλία)

Dir:  Pantelis Voulgaris

Language:  Greek

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Black Orange

Trailer

Hong Kong

"The Golden Era" (黄金时代)

Dir:  Ann Hui

Language:  Mandarin

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Edko Films

Trailer

Hungary

"White God" (Fehér isten)

Dir:  Kornél Mundruczó

Language:  Hungarian/English

U.S Distribution:  Magnolia Pictures

Isa:  The Match Factory

Trailer

Iceland

"Life in a Fishbowl" (Vonarstræti)

Dir:  Baldvin Zophoníasson

Language:  None Yet

U.S Distribution: None Yet

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

India

"Liar's Dice" (लायर्स डाइस)

Dir:  Geethu Mohandas

Language: Hindi

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Jar Pictures Trailer

Indonesia

"Soekarno"

Dir:  Hanung Bramantyo

Language:  Indonesian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Mvp Pictures  

Trailer

Iran

"Today" (امروز )

Dir:  Reza Mirkarimi

Language:  Persian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Iraq

"Mardan"

Dir:  Batin Ghobadi

Language:  Kurdish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Versatile Trailer

Ireland

"The Gift" (An Bronntanas)

Dir:  Tom Collins

Language:  Irish/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC: Rosg/De Facto Films  

Trailer

Israel

"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" (Gett: Le Procès de Viviane Amsalem)

Dir:  Ronit Elkabetz ♀ & Shlomi Elkabetz

Language:  Hebrew/French/Arabic

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Films Distribution

Trailer

Italy

"Human Capital" (Il Capitale Umano)

Dir:  Paolo Virzì

Language:  Italian 

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

PC:  Indiana Production Company  

Trailer

Japan

"The Light Shines Only There" (そこのみにて光輝く)

Dir:  Mipo Oh

Language:  Japanese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Open Sesame

Trailer

Kosovo

"Three Windows and a Hanging" (Tri Dritare dhe një Varje)

Dir:  Isa Qosja

Language:  Albanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  CMb Productions

Trailer

Kyrgyzstan

"Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains" (Курманжан Датка)

Dir:  Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

Language: Kirghiz

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Aitysh Film

Trailer

Latvia

"Rocks in My Pockets" (Akmeņi manās kabatās)

Dir:  Signe Baumane

Language:  Latvian

U.S Distribution:  Zeitgeist Films 

Isa:  New Europe Film Sales

Trailer

Lebanon

"Ghadi" (غدي)

Dir:  Amin Dora

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Fortissimo Films

Trailer

Lithuania

"The Gambler" (Lošėjas)

Dir:  Ignas Jonynas

Language:  Lithuanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Wide

Trailer

Luxembourg

"Never Die Young"

Dir:  Pol Cruchten

Language:  French

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  EastWest Distribution

Trailer

MacEdonia

"To the Hilt" (До балчак)

Dir:  Stole Popov

Language:  Macedonian/French/English/ Turkish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Triangle Film- Skopje

Trailer

Malta

"Simshar"

Dir:  Rebecca Cremona

Language:  Maltese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Kukumajsa Productions

Trailer

Mauritania

"Timbuktu"

Dir:  Abderrahmane Sissako

Language:  French/Arabic/Bambara/English/Songhay/Tamasheq

U.S Distribution:  Cohen Media Group

Isa:  Le Pacte

Trailer

Mexico

"Cantinflas"

Dir:  Sebastian del Amo

Language:  Spanish/English

U.S Distribution:  Pantelion Films

Isa:  6 Sales

Trailer

Moldova

"The Unsaved" (La Limita de Jos a Cerului)

Dir:  Igor Cobileanski

Language:  Romanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Insomnia World Sales Trailer

Montenegro

"The Boys from Marx and Engels Street" (Djecaci iz ulice Marksa i Engelsa)

Dir:  Nikola Vukcevic

Language:  Serbian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Artikulacija Production

Trailer

Morocco

"The Red Moon" (القمر الأحمر)

Dir:  Hassan Benjelloun

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Bentaqerla 

Trailer

Nepal

"Jhola" (झोला)

Dir:  Yadav Kumar Bhattarai

Language:  Nepali

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Media for Culture

Trailer

The Netherlands

"Accused" (Lucia de B.)

Dir:  Paula van der Oest

Language:  Dutch

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Fortissimo Films

Trailer

New Zealand

"The Dead Lands"

Dir:  Toa Fraser

Language:  Maori

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Xyz Films

Trailer

Norway

"1001 Grams" (1001 Gram)

Dir:  Bent Hamer

Language:  Norwegian/French/ English

U.S Distribution:  Kino Lorber

Isa:  Les Films du Losange

Trailer

Pakistan

"Dukhtar" (دختر، بیٹی)

Dir:   Afia Nathaniel

Language:  Urdu

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Zambeel Films

Trailer

Palestine

"Eyes of a Thief" (عيون الحراميه)

Dir:  Najwa Najjar

Language:  Arabic   

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Ustura Films Trailer

Panama

"Invasion" (Invasión)

Dir:  Abner Benaim

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Apertura Films Trailer

Peru

"The Gospel of the Flesh" (El Evangelio de la Carne)

Dir:  Eduardo Mendoza de Echave

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  La Soga Producciones

Trailer

The Philippines

"Norte, the End of History" (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Dir:  Lav Diaz

Language:  Tagalog/English

U.S Distribution:  The Cinema Guild

Isa:  M-Appeal World Sales

Trailer

Poland

"Ida"

Dir:  Pawel Pawlikowski

Language:  Polish

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Portobello Film Sales

Trailer

Portugal

"What Now? Remind Me"  (E Agora? Lembra-me)

Dir:  Joaquim Pinto

Language:  Portuguese

U.S Distribution:  The Cinema Guild

PC:  C.R.I.M Productions

Trailer

Romania

"The Japanese Dog" (Câinele Japonez)

Dir:  Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Language:  Romanian/Japanese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  M-Appeal World Sales

Trailer

Russia

"Leviathan" (Левиафан)

Dir:  Andrey Zvyagintsev

Language:  Russian

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Pyramide International

Trailer

Serbia

"See You in Montevideo" (Montevideo, vidimo se!)

Dir:  Dragan Bjelogrlic

Language:  Serbian/Spanish/ English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Intermedia Network

Trailer

Singapore

"Sayang Disayang"

Dir:  Sanif Olek

Language:  Malay/Indonesian  

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  ReelJuice  

Trailer

Slovakia

"A Step Into the Dark" (Krok do tmy)

Dir:  Miloslav Luther

Language:  Slovak

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Trigon Production Trailer

Slovenia

"Seduce Me" (Zapelji me)

Dir:  Marko Santic

Language:  Slovenian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Radio-Television Slovenia

Trailer

South Africa

"Elelwani"

Dir:  Ntshaveni Wa Luruli

Language:  Venda 

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  EastWest FilmDistribution  

Trailer

South Korea

"Haemoo" (해무)

Dir: Sung Bo Shim

Language: Korean

U.S Distribution: None Yet

Isa: Finecut

Trailer

Spain

"Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed" (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)

Dir:  David Trueba

Language:  Spanish 

U.S Distribution:  Outsider Pictures

Isa:  6 Sales

Trailer

Sweden

"Force Majeure" (Turist)

Dir:  Ruben Östlund

Language:  Swedish/English

U.S Distribution:  Magnolia Pictures

Isa:  Coproduction Office (Paris)

Trailer

Switzerland

"The Circle" (Der Kreis)

Dir:  Stefan Haupt

Language:  Swiss German/ German/ French

U.S Distribution:  Wolfe Video

Isa:  Wide House

Trailer

Taiwan

"Ice Poison" (冰毒)

Dir:  Midi Z.

Language:  Burmese/Chinese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Flash Forward Enterteinment

Trailer

Thailand

"The Teacher's Diary" (คิดถึงวิทยา)

Dir:  Nithiwat Tharathorn

Language:  Thai  

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Gth

Trailer

Turkey

"Winter Sleep" (Kis uykusu)

Dir:  Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Language:  Turkish/English

U.S Distribution:  Adopt Films

Isa:  Memento Films International

Trailer

Ukraine

"The Guide" (Поводир)

Dir:  Oles Sanin

Language:  Ukrainian/Russia/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Pronto Film

Trailer

United Kingdom

"Little Happiness" (Uzun Yol)

Dir:  Nihat Seven

Language:  Turkish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  7&7 Producers' Sales Services

Trailer

Uruguay

"Mr. Kaplan"

Dir:  Álvaro Brechner

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Memento Films International

Trailer

Venezuela

"The Liberator" (Libertador)

Dir:  Alberto Arvelo

Language:  Spanish/English/ French

U.S Distribution:  Cohen Media Group

Isa:  Mundial

Trailer

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- Carlos Aguilar

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Adele, Guillaume lead César nominees

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Foreign film nominations for Biancanieves, Gravity and Great Beauty.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Guillaume Gallienne’s Me, Myself And Mum (Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!) and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

The Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

Actor Gallienne’s debut feature Me, Myself and Mum - a big screen adaptation of his autobiographical, one-man comedy show about his complicated relationship with his mother - secured 10 nominations.

They comprised best film, best first film, best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best adaptation, best editing, best sound, best set design and best costumes.

The film was produced and distributed by Gaumont, which also picked up another four nominations for The Young »

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Adele, Garcon lead Cesar nominees

31 January 2014 2:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Adele and Me, Myself and Mum lead French Cesar nominations.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! (aka Me, Myself And Mum) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

France’s Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

The 39th Cesar ceremony, presided by Intouchables star Francois Cluzet, will take place on February 28.

Nominations (so far)Best FILM9 Month-Stretch (Neuf mois ferme)Me, Myself and Mum (Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!)Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du Lac)Jimmy P. (Jimmy P. Psychothérapie d’un Indien des Plaines)The Past (Le Passé)Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la Foururre)Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (La Vie d’Adèle »

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You Can Watch Online the 86th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

16 January 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Watch Oscar 2014 nominations announcement live streaming online (photo: shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio seducing/seduced by Margot Robbie in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) You can watch the Oscar 2014 nominations announcement live streaming online in the embedded video link below. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences countdown clock, we’re 2 hours 16 minutes and 50 seconds, 42 seconds, 34 seconds … from the time of the announcement of those in the running for the 86th Academy Awards. Will Golden Globe winners American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Jonze, and The Great Beauty be included? Check out the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement below (once it goes live, of course). Oscar 2014 predictions "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Picture, Best Director." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Actor." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Actress." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Supporting Actress." "Oscar 2014 Predictions: Best Supporting Actor". Once made available, the full list of Oscar 2014 nominations will be posted here. »

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Our Fearless, Last-Minute Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards: From Hustle to Hunt

15 January 2014 5:19 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2014 predictions (photo: Amy Adams and Christian Bale in ‘American Hustle’) Below are our last-minute Oscar 2014 predictions. The 86th Academy Award nominations are going to be announced on Thursday, January 16, at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. We will be posting the list of Oscar 2014 nominations here. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, the Oscar nominations always offer some kind of surprise that will leave some elated and others mighty pissed off. Last year, for example, left out of the Best Director roster were favorites Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck for Argo. The latter film, predictably, went on to take home the Best Picture Academy Award. Also, a few years ago, Christopher Nolan was bypassed for Inception, while a couple of years before that, Nolan and his film, The Dark Knight, were bypassed for Best Picture, »

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Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards' Best Actress Category: Streep to Perform One More Record-Breaking Feat?

6 January 2014 1:39 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actress (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor.") Compared to the vibrant Best Actor field, the 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actress category looks somewhat anemic. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Whereas ten actors could be called strong competitors for the Oscar 2014 shortlist, only five actresses can be considered truly strong candidates for this year’s Best Actress shortlist. Besides these five, there are three unlikely runners-up and a handful of long shots — and we mean "long" as in "light-years-away long." Note: Exact SAG Award and Academy Award matches are actually less common than you might think for the reasons mentioned in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post (see link in the paragraph above). For instance, last year Marion Cotillard and Helen Mirren were both shortlisted for the Best Actress SAG Awards for, respectively, Jacques Audiard’s »

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Veterans Actors Rule and (Possibly) a Couple of Near-Records: Best Actor Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards

4 January 2014 10:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor (Robert Redford in ‘All Is Lost’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actor field is overflowing with well-received performances by film veterans and super-veterans. No less than ten actors are found on our lists of nominees and immediate runners-up; that means our list of Best Actor "long shots" is all but meaningless, as, barring a miracle, there’s no chance for any of those actors to be shortlisted for an Oscar this year. (See also: “Best Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Meryl Streep to Break Another Record?”) Note: Our list of likely Best Actor nominees matches four of the 2014 SAG Awards’ five nominees in that category. Now, it’s good to remember three things regarding the SAG Awards vs. the Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Actors Branch, about 1,100 members, tends to be more "elitist" (or »

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