Submissions to the Oscars 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film

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List of submissions to the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

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1. Utopia (2015)

85 min | Drama, War

Janan, a woman from Afghanistan, travels to the UK for artificial insemination. Cultural, religious, and moral complications explode when William, a medical sciences student working in the clinic, switches the donor's semen for his own.

Director: Hassan Nazer | Stars: Hannah Spearritt, Bhasker Patel, Homayoun Ershadi, Andrew Shaver

Votes: 73

Afghanistan

2. Bota (2014)

104 min | Drama

One week at the Bota café. Nothing happens. Everything happens.

Directors: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci | Stars: Flonja Kodheli, Artur Gorishti, Fioralba Kryemadhi, Tinka Kurti

Votes: 136

Albania

3. Twilight of Shadows (2014)

114 min | Drama

set in the Algerian War. A determined French commander, who believes Algeria belongs to France, must deal with a soldier who rebels when asked to execute an Algerian freedom fighter, The ... See full summary »

Director: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina | Stars: Samir Boitard, Nicolas Bridet, Laurent Hennequin, Bernard Montiel

Votes: 24

Algeria

4. The Clan (2015)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Guillermo Francella, Gastón Cocchiarale, Peter Lanzani, Stefanía Koessl

Votes: 10,746 | Gross: $0.19M

Argentina

5. Arrows of the Thunder Dragon - Director's Cut (2013)

89 min | Drama, Family, History

Set in the 1970s in the ancient Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, the story follows the drama of a remote village brother and sister passionate about the National sport of archery.

Director: Greg Sneddon | Stars: Tshering Zangmo, Kandu, Tandin Phub, Shacha

Votes: 22

Australia

6. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Votes: 35,493 | Gross: $1.17M

Austria

7. Jalaler Golpo (2014)

121 min | Drama

Just as Moses was found in the river Nile, an infant is rescued from a river, and adopted by Miraj, Karim and Sajib in turns over the years, only to be abandoned at the various stages of ... See full summary »

Director: Abu Shahed Emon | Stars: Tauquir Ahmed, H M Akter, Mitali Das, Mohammod Emon

Votes: 1,435

Bangladesh

8. The Brand New Testament (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens

Votes: 25,725 | Gross: $0.09M

Belgium

9. Our Everyday Life (2015)

89 min | Drama, Family

Family Susic lives everyday Bosnian story. Father Muhamed (63) is employed in a reputable company; mother Marija (60) is retired. Son Sasa (35), who spent the war in Army of Bosnia and ... See full summary »

Director: Ines Tanovic | Stars: Uliks Fehmiu, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Maja Izetbegovic, Vedrana Bozinovic

Votes: 131

Bosnia and Herzegovina

10. The Second Mother (2015)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila

Votes: 10,783 | Gross: $0.38M

Brazil

11. The Judgment (2014)

107 min | Drama

A father and a son live in a poor area, near the Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Assen Blatechki, Ovanes Torosian, Ina Nikolova, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic

Votes: 865

Bulgaria

12. The Last Reel (2014)

106 min | Drama

A lost film, buried beneath Cambodia's killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. A contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia's past.

Director: Kulikar Sotho | Stars: Rous Mony, Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Hun Sophy

Votes: 93

Cambodia

13. Félix & Meira (2014)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

In Félix and Meira, an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds.

Director: Maxime Giroux | Stars: Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron, Luzer Twersky, Melissa Weisz

Votes: 1,245 | Gross: $0.45M

Canada

14. The Club (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced Priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Marcelo Alonso

Votes: 8,131 | Gross: $0.03M

Chile

15. Go Away Mr Tumour (2015)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

An imaginative woman copes with a debilitating form of cancer by remaining optimistic and spending time with her friends.

Director: Yan Han | Stars: Baihe Bai, Daniel Wu, Zi-Xuan Zhang, Yuan Li

Votes: 876 | Gross: $0.29M

China

16. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 17,267 | Gross: $1.33M

Colombia

17. Imprisoned (2015)

TV-MA | 97 min | Drama

A young girl gets involved in a family drama when she starts a secret friendship with a prison inmate. All parts involved, inside and outside, will have to deal with the consequences of ... See full summary »

Director: Esteban Ramírez | Stars: Natalia Arias, Leynar Gomez, Daniel Marin, Alejandro Aguilar

Votes: 169

Costa Rica

18. The High Sun (2015)

123 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers - and the enduring strength - of forbidden love.

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic

Votes: 2,902

Croatia

19. Home Care (2015)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta lives for her husband Lada, her daughter, and her patients. But then one day things change and Vlasta comes to realize that she might need some care too.

Director: Slávek Horák | Stars: Alena Mihulová, Bolek Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Zuzana Krónerová

Votes: 374

Czech Republic

20. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, War

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 8,564 | Gross: $0.12M

Denmark

21. Sand Dollars (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

79 Metascore

An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.

Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio, Bernard Bizel

Votes: 381

Dominican Republic

22. 1944 (2015)

100 min | Drama, History, War

In 1944 Estonia, a fratricide war ensues when Estonians of the retreating German forces fight against Estonians conscripted into the advancing Soviet Red Army.

Director: Elmo Nüganen | Stars: Kaspar Velberg, Kristjan Üksküla, Maiken Schmidt, Gert Raudsep

Votes: 4,216

Estonia

23. Lamb (II) (2015)

94 min | Drama, Family

When an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend.

Director: Yared Zeleke | Stars: Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa, Rahel Teshome

Votes: 490

Ethiopia

24. The Fencer (2015)

99 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere Sr., Liisa Koppel

Votes: 4,044 | Gross: $0.10M

Finland

25. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 30,787 | Gross: $0.85M

France

26. Moira (I) (2015)

95 min | Drama

Mamuka is released from prison and tries to take care of his disabled father and younger brother.

Director: Levan Tutberidze | Stars: Ani Bebia, Paata Inauri, Jano Izoria, Giorgi Khurtsilava

Votes: 114

Georgia

27. Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama, History

62 Metascore

A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Director: Giulio Ricciarelli | Stars: André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch

Votes: 10,389 | Gross: $0.79M

Germany

28. Xenia (2014)

Unrated | 134 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away.

Director: Panos H. Koutras | Stars: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Yannis Stankoglou, Marisha Triantafyllidou

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $0.00M

Greece

29. Ixcanul (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo

Votes: 2,335 | Gross: $0.29M

Guatemala

30. To the Fore (2015)

125 min | Drama, Sport

Two sprinters compete in the cut throat world of professional road cycling.

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Eddie Peng, Si Won Choi, Shawn Dou, Luodan Wang

Votes: 805

Hong Kong

31. Son of Saul (2015)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

90 Metascore

A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont

Votes: 39,109 | Gross: $1.78M

Hungary

32. Rams (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.

Director: Grímur Hákonarson | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jón Benónýsson

Votes: 10,869 | Gross: $0.14M

Iceland

33. Court (2014)

116 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When an aging activist is arrested, the lives of the accused, the lawyers, and the judge intertwine to reveal bigotry that underscores the judicial system.

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane | Stars: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi

Votes: 3,242

India

34. Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)

162 min | Biography, Drama, History

The events, trials and tribulations of the city of Makkah in 7th century AD.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mahdi Pakdel, Sareh Bayat, Mina Sadati, Ali Reza Shoja-Nuri

Votes: 7,417

Iran

35. Memories on Stone (2014)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Kurdish childhood friends Hussein (37) and Alan (40) direct and produce a film about the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq, the Anfal campaign in 1988. They learn that, to achieve veracity... See full summary »

Director: Shawkat Amin Korki | Stars: Hussein Hassan Ali, Salih Arif, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei

Votes: 117

Iraq

36. Viva (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco

Votes: 1,469 | Gross: $0.18M

Ireland

37. Baba Joon (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

The son of a family of Iranian farmers in Israel rebels against his strong-willed father.

Director: Yuval Delshad | Stars: Navid Negahban, Asher Avrahami, David Diaan, Rafael Eliasi

Votes: 340

Israel

38. Don't Be Bad (2015)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the '90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism.... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Caligari | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D'Amico, Roberta Mattei

Votes: 2,927

Italy

39. Run (I) (2014)

100 min | Drama

Run escapes... He just killed the Prime Minister of his country. In order to do so, he had to act as if he was a crazy man, wandering through the city. His life comes back by flashes ; his ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lacôte | Stars: Abdoul Karim Konaté, Isaach De Bankolé, Reine Sali Coulibaly, Abdoul Bah

Votes: 106

Ivory Coast

40. 100 Yen Love (2014)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her... See full summary »

Director: Masaharu Take | Stars: Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai, Yôzaburô Itô, Miyoko Inagawa

Votes: 1,224

Japan

41. Theeb (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Director: Naji Abu Nowar | Stars: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

Votes: 8,892 | Gross: $0.28M

Jordan

42. Stranger (2015)

105 min | Drama

Yermek Tursunov (Kelin, The Old Man) completes his trilogy about Kazakh identity, in which an orphaned young boy takes to the mountains and lives among a pack of wolves in the days before WWII.

Director: Ermek Tursunov | Stars: Mikhail Karpov, Roza Khayrullina, Erzhan Nurymbet

Votes: 31

Kazakhstan

43. Babai (2015)

104 min | Drama

Ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) roam the streets of Kosovo selling cigarettes and barely earning a living. Only a few years after the fall of the Berlin... See full summary »

Director: Visar Morina | Stars: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci

Votes: 384

Kosovo

44. Heavenly Nomadic (2015)

81 min | Drama

A family of nomads live in the high, remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia; elderly herdsman Tabyldy, his wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr and their 7 year old ... See full summary »

Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov | Stars: Taalaikan Abazova, Tabyldy Aktanov, Jibek Baktybekova, Jenish Kangeldiev

Votes: 93

Kyrgyzstan

45. Modris (2014)

98 min | Drama

Modris (17) is no better or worse than his peers. He goes to school, has a girlfriend, some good friends. His gambling addiction makes his relationship with mother difficult. They live ... See full summary »

Director: Juris Kursietis | Stars: Kristers Piksa, Rezija Kalnina, Baiba Broka, Vilis Daudzins

Votes: 358

Latvia

46. Void (2013)

75 min | Drama

Six Lebanese women, different ages, await the return of their sons, brothers, husbands or lovers, who have been missing since the Civil War. VOID depicts the events that take place on the ... See full summary »

Directors: Maria Abdel Karim, Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Salim Habr, Christelle Ighniades, Tarek Korkomaz, Zeina Makki | Stars: Carol Abboud, Diamand Bou Abboud, Takla Chamoun, Julian Farhat

Votes: 61

Lebanon

47. The Summer of Sangaile (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

Director: Alante Kavaite | Stars: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute, Jurate Sodyte, Martynas Budraitis

Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $0.00M

Lithuania

48. Baby(a)lone (2015)

90 min | Drama

Two troubled teens in Luxembourg act out their frustrations on the world, and slowly grow closer.

Director: Donato Rotunno | Stars: Joshua Defays, Charlotte Elsen, Etienne Halsdorf, Gintare Parulyte

Votes: 46

Luxembourg

49. Honey Night (2015)

89 min | Drama, Thriller