Oscar 2004: Best Foreign-Language Film Submissions

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1. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 8,147 | Gross: $1.13M

2. Valentin (I) (2002)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving.

Director: Alejandro Agresti | Stars: Rodrigo Noya, Alejandro Agresti, Julieta Cardinali, Carmen Maura

Votes: 3,980 | Gross: $0.28M

3. Vodka Lemon (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the ... See full summary »

Director: Hiner Saleem | Stars: Romen Avinian, Lala Sarkissian, Ivan Franek, Ruzan Mesropyan

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Böse Zellen (2003)

120 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A young Austrian survives the crash of a commercial airliner. Six years later, she's a clerk, a mother, happy. Then she dies in a car accident. Over the next year, we follow her daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Albert | Stars: Kathrin Resetarits, Ursula Strauss, Georg Friedrich, Marion Mitterhammer

Votes: 488 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Sea of Silence (2003)

105 min | Drama, History

Caro, a 9 year old girl, wants to understand the mysteries of the world around her. However, her religious education and the modern world don't always seem to make a good match.

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Huub Stapel, Johanna ter Steege, Neeltje de Vree, Nyk Runia

Votes: 253

6. Dependencia sexual (2003)

104 min | Drama

44 Metascore

Five teenagers in the U.S. and Bolivia try to make sense of their sexuality and the complexity of their identity.

Director: Rodrigo Bellott | Stars: Alexandra Aponte, Roberto Urbina, Jorge Antonio Saavedra, Ronica V. Reddick

Votes: 743

7. Gori vatra (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Two years after the Bosnian war, a town that is slowly rebuilding itself must whip together a democracy when it's announced the U.S. President Bill Clinton might be paying a visit.

Director: Pjer Zalica | Stars: Enis Beslagic, Bogdan Diklic, Sasa Petrovic, Izudin Bajrovic

Votes: 1,760

8. Carandiru (2003)

R | 145 min | Drama, Crime

71 Metascore

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 15,959 | Gross: $0.21M

9. Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

112 min | War, Drama

Two German-Jewish children flee Nazi Germany in the early 1940s and try to escape to Palestine via Bulgaria. When their uncle dies during the journey, they are taken in by a troupe of travelling performers.

Director: Ivan Nitchev | Stars: Elena Petrova, Aleksandr Morfov, Vasil Vasilev-Zueka, Tatyana Lolova

Votes: 104

10. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 26,613 | Gross: $3.43M

11. Los Debutantes (2003)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The story of two brothers who get involved with a sexy stripper and her boss, the nightclub king of Santiago, as told from three perspectives. Sexy, gritty, emotional.

Director: Andrés Waissbluth | Stars: Antonella Ríos, Néstor Cantillana, Juan Pablo Miranda, Alejandro Trejo

Votes: 770

12. Tian di ying xiong (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.

Director: Ping He | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 3,924 | Gross: $0.08M

13. La primera noche (2003)

94 min | Drama

A couple of farmers have been displaced from their land, a jungle area, isolated from the world, where lived his childhood and youth, and was brutally thrown to face the streets of an unfamiliar city, huge and ruthless.

Director: Luis Alberto Restrepo | Stars: Carolina Lizarazo, Jhon Álex Toro, Hernán Méndez, Enrique Carriazo

Votes: 153

14. Svjedoci (2003)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game ... See full summary »

Director: Vinko Bresan | Stars: Leon Lucev, Alma Prica, Mirjana Karanovic, Drazen Kuhn

Votes: 717

15. Suite Habana (2003)

80 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music.

Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: Francisquito Cardet, Francisco Cardet, Norma Pérez, Waldo Morales

Votes: 551

16. Zelary (2003)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

66 Metascore

A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »

Director: Ondrej Trojan | Stars: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Ivan Trojan, Jaroslava Adamová

Votes: 3,103 | Gross: $0.33M

17. Reconstruction (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair.

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Klaus Mulbjerg

Votes: 6,693 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Sahar el layaly (2003)

128 min | Drama, Romance

It tells about the smallest details and crypts in the lives of four couples friends.

Director: Hani Khalifa | Stars: Muna Zaki, Hanan Turk, Sherif Mounir, Fathi Abdulwahhab

Votes: 1,468

19. Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (2002)

77 min | Drama, Family

In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Natalie Minnevik, Bibi Andersson, Marjaana Maijala, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 1,570

20. Bon voyage (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Grégori Derangère

Votes: 4,501 | Gross: $2.35M

21. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 126,743 | Gross: $4.06M

22. Tha to metanioseis (2002)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

All indications were that Maraki was made for great things, for honor and distinctions. And yet contrary to all expectations our heroine cops out. She refuses to take the university ... See full summary »

Director: Katerina Evangelakou | Stars: Mania Papadimitriou, Ivonni Maltezou, Christos Stergioglou, Lena Kitsopoulou

Votes: 85

23. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 109,379 | Gross: $0.17M

24. Forest (2003)

90 min | Drama

The life of young men and women in Budapest in the 21. century.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf | Stars: Rita Braun, Barbara Csonka, Laszlo Cziffer, Gábor Dióssy

Votes: 450

25. Nói albinói (2003)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári | Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Friðriksdóttir

Votes: 8,527 | Gross: $0.06M

26. Biola tak berdawai (2003)

99 min | Drama, Romance

A woman with a dark past dedicates herself to taking care of multi-handicapped children. When a young musician comes into her life, she is forced to face her history, or it will destroy her future.

Director: Sekar Ayu Asmara | Stars: Ria Irawan, Nicholas Saputra, Jajang C. Noer, Dicky Lebrianto

Votes: 88

27. Nafas-e amigh (2003)

86 min | Drama

This is about two guys who are departed from their family in totally different ways, they are anti social and try to live in a large city without any money, one of them fall in love and another one got addicted.

Director: Parviz Shahbazi | Stars: Mansour Shahbazi, Maryam Palizban, Said Amini

Votes: 622

28. Nina's Tragedies (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The taboo relationship between young Nadav and his Aunt Nina transcends definition on its way to odd highs and lows.

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Ayelet Zurer, Yoram Hattab, Alon Aboutboul, Aviv Elkabeth

Votes: 703 | Gross: $0.24M

29. I'm Not Scared (2003)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Votes: 13,387 | Gross: $1.62M

30. Tasogare Seibei (2002)

129 min | Drama, History

82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 20,119

31. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 69,807 | Gross: $2.38M

32. The Kite (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »

Director: Randa Chahal Sabag | Stars: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar, Renée Dick

Votes: 581

33. I Always Wanted to Be a Saint (2003)

G | 90 min | Drama

"Thereâ€TMs a balance in the world. Itâ€TMs like a boomerang! If I do good around me, nothing bad will ever happen to me. When I do good around me, it always comes back to meâ... See full summary »

Director: Geneviève Mersch | Stars: Marie Kremer, Thierry Lefevre, Jeannine Godinas, Raphaëlle Blancherie

Votes: 89

34. Aro Tolbukhin - En la mente del asesino (2002)

95 min | Drama

Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary.

Directors: Isaac-Pierre Racine, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carmen Beato, Zóltán Józan, Mariona Castillo

Votes: 420

35. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,697 | Gross: $1.74M

36. Muna Madan (2003)

133 min | Drama

An epic tragedy, based on Nepal's most famous epic poem. Madan, a lower-class worker, is forced by poverty and mounting debts to go to Lhasa, Tibet, leaving behind his lonely mother and ... See full summary »

Director: Gyanendra Bahadur Deuja | Stars: Deepak Tripathi, Usha Paudel, Mithila Sharma, Subhadra Adhikari

Votes: 91

37. De tweeling (2002)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 6,055 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,563 | Gross: $0.35M

39. Divine Intervention (2002)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

74 Metascore

Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, George Ibrahim, Amer Daher

Votes: 3,076 | Gross: $0.39M

40. Paper Dove (2003)

90 min | Drama

Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and, in his mind's eye, recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio Aguilar | Stars: Antonio Callirgos, Eduardo Cesti, Aristóteles Picho, Liliana Trujillo

Votes: 287

41. Dekada '70 (2002)

128 min | Drama

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin

Votes: 200

42. Pornografia (2003)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two intellectuals, a writer and a director, begin to play a mysterious psychological game in a peaceful countryside manor house during the Nazi occupation.

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Krzysztof Majchrzak, Adam Ferency, Krzysztof Globisz, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska

Votes: 812

43. Um Filme Falado (2003)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Filipa de Almeida, John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 1,799 | Gross: $0.01M

44. The Return (2003)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 37,138 | Gross: $0.50M

45. Profesionalac (2003)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

After the collapse of the Yugoslavian government, a former secret agent, now a taxi driver, enters the office of a former university professor, now a firm director.

Director: Dusan Kovacevic | Stars: Bora Todorovic, Branislav Lecic, Natasa Ninkovic, Dragan Jovanovic

Votes: 5,200

46. König der Diebe (2003)

101 min | Drama

Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West. ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Fíla | Stars: Lazar Ristovski, Iakov Kultiasov, Katharina Thalbach, Julia Khanverdieva

Votes: 358

47. Rezervni deli (2003)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Embittered widower, Ludvik, spends his nights transporting illegal refugees in his van from Croatia, across Slovenia, and into Italy. The young and inexperienced Rudi acts as his helpmate. ... See full summary »

Director: Damjan Kozole | Stars: Peter Musevski, Aljosa Kovacic, Primoz Petkovsek, Valter Dragan

Votes: 580

48. Mansion by the Lake (2002)

106 min | Drama

Very loosely based on Anton Chekov's the Cherry Orchard, the film follows a family of formerly wealthy, expatriate Sri Lankan landowners, now impoverished, as they return from England to ... See full summary »

Director: Lester James Peries | Stars: Malini Fonseka, Vasanthi Chathurani, Sanath Gunathilake, Paboda Sandeepani

Votes: 52

49. Soldados de Salamina (2003)

119 min | Drama

When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of ... See full summary »

Director: David Trueba | Stars: Ariadna Gil, Ramon Fontserè, Joan Dalmau, María Botto

Votes: 1,430

50. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.8