Foreign Oscar Submissions 2019

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1. Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019)

86 min | Drama

Three Afghan women from different social background, living in Kabul, are facing a big challenge in their lives. Hava, a traditional pregnant woman whom no one cares about, is living with ... See full summary »

Director: Sahraa Karimi | Stars: Arezoo Ariapoor, Fereshta Afshar, Hasiba Ebrahimi

Votes: 20

2. The Delegation (2018)

77 min | Drama

In 1990, a European delegation comes to Tirana to monitor the reforms of the communist regime. A government official is sent on a mission to a faraway prison in order to bring an important dissident back to the capital.

Director: Bujar Alimani | Stars: Viktor Zhusti, Xhevdet Ferri, Ndriçim Xhepa, Richard Sammel

Votes: 42

3. Papicha (2019)

106 min | Drama

Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.

Director: Mounia Meddour | Stars: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Yasin Houicha

Votes: 216

4. Heroic Losers (2019)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Based on the book from Eduardo Sacheri "The Night of the Heroic Losers" (Alfaguara Novel Prize 2016). In a far-flung town in the province of Buenos Aires, many things are about to die out. ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastián Borensztein | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Luis Brandoni, Chino Darín, Verónica Llinás

Votes: 1,096

5. Lengthy Night (2018)

100 min | Drama

The dramatic fate of heroes of different eras is associated with wolf and spherical stone. The fate pursues those stone-owners.

Director: Edgar Baghdasaryan | Stars: Shant Hovhannisyan, Samvel Grigoryan, Luiza Nersisyan, Babken Chobanyan

6. Buoyancy (2019)

93 min | Drama

14-year-old Chakra is sold as a slave labourer to the captain of a Thai fishing vessel. The captain's rule on board is cruel and arbitrary.

Director: Rodd Rathjen | Stars: Sarm Heng, Thanawut Kasro, Mony Ros, Saichia Wongwirot

Votes: 131

7. Joy (V) (2018)

TV-MA | 99 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Joy, a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking, is instructed by her exploiter Madame to supervise Precious, a teenage girl who is not ready to accept her fate.

Director: Sudabeh Mortezai | Stars: Anwulika Alphonsus, Mariam Sanusi, Angela Ekeleme, Gift Igweh

Votes: 758

8. Alpha (I) (2019)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A 40 year old painter, who lives in a wooden and bamboo house on stilts in the middle of a polluted lake on the outskirts of Dhaka City. Alpha's house serves as his painting. Dogs, roosters... See full summary »

Director: Nasiruddin Yousuff | Stars: Alamgir Kabir, Dilruba Hossain Doyel, Heera Chowdhury, A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman

Votes: 12

9. Debut (I) (2017)

80 min | Documentary

The soulless atmosphere of a women's penitentiary destroys the prisoners' personality, kills all femininity in them. The film looks at the rationality of the long prison terms for women with children.

Director: Anastasiya Miroshnichenko

Votes: 24

10. Our Mothers (2019)

78 min | Drama

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working ... See full summary »

Director: Cesar Diaz | Stars: Emma Dib, Armando Espitia

Votes: 86

11. I Miss You (2019)

105 min | Drama

Following his son Gabriel's death, Jorge travels from conservative Bolivia to New York City to confront Gabriel's boyfriend Sebastian.

Director: Rodrigo Bellott | Stars: Rossy de Palma, Oscar Martínez, Fernando Barbosa, Rick Cosnett

Votes: 50

12. The Son (II) (2019)

106 min | Drama

Adopted son Arman (18) has an unstable character and cannot find peace in the struggle for his identity. His parents and younger brother Dado (14), who was born after Arman's adoption, ... See full summary »

Director: Ines Tanovic | Stars: Dino Bajrovic, Snezana Bogdanovic, Uliks Fehmiu, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic

Votes: 31

13. Invisible Life (2019)

139 min | Drama

Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Gregório Duvivier

Votes: 409

14. Ága (2018)

96 min | Drama

In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. ... See full summary »

Director: Milko Lazarov | Stars: Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Sergei Egorov, Galina Tikhonova

Votes: 699 | Gross: $0.00M

15. In the Life of Music (2018)

92 min | Drama, Family, History

In the Life of Music, a story told in three chapters, tells the story of how one song 'Champa Battambang,' a song made famous by Sinn Sisamuth (the King of Khmer Music), plays a role in the lives of three different generations.

Directors: Caylee So, Sok Visal | Stars: Ellen Wong, Small World Small Band, Ratanak Ben, Daniel Chea

Votes: 45

16. Antigone (I) (2019)

109 min | Drama

A modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy which falls within a social realism. To the law of men, the young Antigone apposes her own sets of values.

Director: Sophie Deraspe | Stars: Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine DesRochers, Sebastien Beaulac

Votes: 40

17. Spider (2019)

105 min | Thriller

Three friends are part of an opposition group in the chaotic Chile of the early 70's and together commit a political crime that changes the history of the country and incidentally involves them in a betrayal that separates them forever.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: María Valverde, Mercedes Morán, Caio Blat, Pedro Fontaine

Votes: 251

18. Ne Zha (2019)

110 min | Animation, Fantasy, Thriller

53 Metascore

Born with unique powers, a boy is recruited to fight demons and save the community that fears him.

Director: Yu Yang | Stars: Yanting Lü, Joseph, Mo Han, Hao Chen

Votes: 2,006 | Gross: $2.94M

19. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 2,411

20. The Awakening of the Ants (2019)

94 min | Drama

Isabel is a 28-year-old seamstress. She is a good mother, wife and daughter-in-law and she teaches that to her daughters. Her family insists she should have another child, a boy, and this ... See full summary »

Director: Antonella Sudasassi | Stars: Daniela Valenciano, Leynar Gomez, Isabella Moscoso, Adriana Alvarez

Votes: 71

21. Mali (2018)

90 min | Crime, Drama

After spending four years in prison, a drug dealer will do anything to keep custody over his son.

Director: Antonio Nuic | Stars: Franjo Dijak, Vito Dijak, Pasko Vukasovic, Ksenija Marinkovic

Votes: 134

22. A Translator (2018)

107 min | Drama

A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment.

Directors: Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso | Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Yoandra Suárez, Nikita Semenov

Votes: 302 | Gross: $0.01M

23. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 460

24. Queen of Hearts (2019)

127 min | Drama

A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.

Director: May el-Toukhy | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Gustav Lindh, Magnus Krepper, Liv Esmår Dannemann

Votes: 2,292

25. The Projectionist (2019)

94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A lonely man who operates a film projector finds his only solace in a woman he sees on a film reel. After the reel is lost in an accident, he sets out to find the woman through the remotest, poorest places of the Dominican Republic.

Director: José María Cabral | Stars: Félix Germán, Cindy Galán, Lia Briones, Ana Maria Arias

Votes: 46

26. The Longest Night (2019)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

She is the perfect woman until she decides to be free.

Director: Gabriela Calvache | Stars: Noëlle Schönwald, Cristian Mercado, Jaime Tamariz, Ariana Freire

Votes: 47

27. Poisonous Roses (2018)

70 min | Drama

« Set in the confines of an impoverished Cairo neighborhood, a community's everyday life is threatened by the ruthless rhythms of Tanneries, rotary driers crushing animal skin, hazards of ... See full summary »

Director: Fawzi Saleh | Stars: Koki, Ibrahim El-Nagari, Mohamed Berakaa, Mahmood Hemaidah

Votes: 80

28. Running Against the Wind (II) (2019)

116 min | Drama

In Ethiopia, two men are running to achieve their dreams.

Director: Jan Philipp Weyl | Stars: Mikias Wolde, Ashenafi Nigusu, Joseph Reta Belay, Samrawit Desalegn

Votes: 12

29. Truth and Justice (2019)

149 min | Drama

TRUTH AND JUSTICE is the story of an uncompromising man whose soul is corrupted by the relentless pursuit of his dream.

Director: Tanel Toom | Stars: Loora-Eliise Kaarelson, Maiken Schmidt, Risto Vaidla, Priit Võigemast

Votes: 1,365

30. Stupid Young Heart (2018)

102 min | Drama

An edgy, warm, and raw drama about suburban teenagers who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right ideas begin to encroach on their multicultural ... See full summary »

Director: Selma Vilhunen | Stars: Pihla Viitala, Rosa Honkonen, Ville Haapasalo, Katja Küttner

Votes: 375

31. Les Misérables (2019)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

Stéphane joined the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, in the 93. He meets his new teammates, Chris and Gwada, and discovers the tensions between the different groups of the district.

Director: Ladj Ly | Stars: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica

Votes: 593

32. Shindisi (2019)

105 min | Drama, History, War

A story of the film is based on real events that occurred during the Russian military intervention in Georgia in 2008. Shindisi is a name of the place where Russian occupation forces sieged... See full summary »

Director: Dito Tsintsadze | Stars: Goga Pipinashvili, Dato Bakhtadze, Tamar Abshilava, Mariam Jibladze

Votes: 141

33. System Crasher (2019)

118 min | Drama

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni's untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair.

Director: Nora Fingscheidt | Stars: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister

Votes: 1,133

34. Azali (2018)

92 min | Drama

Thrust into Accra by circumstances, a 14 year old girl from Northern Ghana must endure life in the slums of Accra and find a way to get back home

Director: Kwabena Gyansah | Stars: Ama K. Abebrese, Asana Alhassan, Adjetey Anang, Akofa Edjeani Asiedu

35. When Tomatoes Met Wagner (2019)

72 min | Documentary

The humorous and uplifting story of two ingenuous Greek cousins, who tackle the world market with their organic tomato products.

Director: Marianna Economou | Stars: Alexandros Gousiaris, Christos Takas, Olga Lorida, Agathi Gousiari

Votes: 20

36. Blood, Passion & Coffee (2019)

123 min | Drama

A story inspired by real events, which revolves around a coffee producing family (from Marcala, Honduras) in which their harvest is impacted by the plague of rust and low coffee prices. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Membreño | Stars: Alejandra 'Ale' Arias, Enrique Barrientos, Ethel Flores, Carlos Alberto Moncada

37. The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019)

99 min | Action

A wealthy businessman tries to take down a drug kingpin that he used to work with, while a policeman tries to find justice without breaking the law.

Director: Herman Yau | Stars: Andy Lau, Louis Koo, Kiu Wai Miu, Kar Yan Lam

Votes: 487

38. Those Who Remained (2019)

83 min | Drama

A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, lost and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.

Director: Barnabás Tóth | Stars: Károly Hajduk, Abigél Szõke, Mari Nagy, Barnabás Horkay

Votes: 160

39. A White, White Day (2019)

109 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for ... See full summary »

Director: Hlynur Palmason | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir

Votes: 429

40. Gully Boy (2019)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 21,898 | Gross: $5.57M

41. Memories of My Body (2018)

105 min | Drama

In Center Java Juno, a pre-teen abandoned by his father, joins a Lengger dance centre where men assume feminine appearances but the political and social upheaval in Indonesia forces him on ... See full summary »

Director: Garin Nugroho | Stars: Muhammad Khan, Raditya Evandra, Rianto, Sujiwo Tejo

Votes: 214

42. Finding Farideh (2018)

88 min | Documentary

"Finding Farideh" is about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who has been adopted by a Dutch couple 40 years ago, and now overcomes her fears and travels to her motherland Iran for the first ... See full summary »

Directors: Kourosh Ataee, Azadeh Moussavi | Star: Eline Farideh Koning

Votes: 88

43. Gaza (2019)

92 min | Documentary

A beautiful portrait of everyday Gazan citizens, leading meaningful lives beyond the rubble of perennial conflict.

Directors: Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell

Votes: 96

44. Incitement (2019)

123 min | Thriller

Details the year leading to the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), from the point of view of the assassin.

Director: Yaron Zilberman | Stars: Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Anat Ravnitzki, Yoav Levi

Votes: 160

45. The Traitor (2019)

R | 145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called "boss of the two worlds", first mafia informant in Sicily 1980's.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido

Votes: 1,690

46. Weathering with You (2019)

111 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Kentaro Araki, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 3,462

47. Kazakh Khanate: The Golden Throne (2019)

111 min | Action, Drama, History

Fifteenth century. In the vast expanses of Eurasia for several centuries, the descendants of the great Genghis Khan have created their own and crushed the alien states. One of them is the ... See full summary »

Director: Rustem Abdrashev | Star: Yerkebulan Daiyrov

48. Subira (2018)

99 min | Drama

A free-spirited young girl, in Lamu struggles to live out her unique dream of swimming in the ocean, against local customs and an arranged upper- class marriage. Does Subira have the courage to take her dream on, against all odds?

Director: Ravneet Sippy Chadha | Stars: Ahmed, Melvin Alusa, Joan Arigi, Audrey

Votes: 10

49. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 46,455