Oscars: Best Foreign-Language Film

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Oscars: Best Foreign-Language Film


Cooper, Sarah, Tutt, Louise, Halligan, Fionnuala, Screen International


Details on all 83 submissions for the foreign language Oscar race including contact details.

There are a record 83 submissions for the foreign language Oscar race. In the digital world, you don't have to have a Hollywood-sized studio to make a film, or get it noticed, so it's encouraging to see countries such as Malta, Panama and Kosovo enter the race for the first time. But these are longshots, with nominations more likely for countries with strong film-making traditions.

The two absolute standouts for me are Pawel Pawlikowski's elegant and moving Polish drama, Ida, and Ruben Ostlund's family breakdown satirical drama, Force Majeure (aka Turist) from Sweden. If they aren't nominated I'd cry scandal -- they are two of the finest films of the year, let alone finest foreign films.

For my money, the longlist is also likely to include Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem (Israel), The Golden Era (Hong Kong), Leviathan (Russia), Mommy (Canada), Two Days, One Night (Belgium), Saint Laurent (France), Timbuktu (Mauritania), Wild Tales (Argentina) and Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep (Turkey).

No matter the eventual winner, it's encouraging that more international film-makers than ever before will be in the race this year.

Wendy Mitchell, editorA Few Cubic Meters Of Love (Afghanistan)

Dir Jamshid Mahmoudi

The debut feature of Afghanistan-born, Iran-based writer-director Jamshid Mahmoudi is set in a factory on the outskirts of Tehran that illegally employs Afghan asylum seekers. Produced by Mahmoudi's brother, Navid, the social drama premiered at Fajr International Film Festival, picking up two awards, before going on to play at Busan and Chicago.

Contact Dreamlab Films info@dreamlabfilms.comWild Tales (Argentina)

Dir Damian Szifron

Damian Szifron's compendium of six stories about revenge was a hit with the critics when it premiered in Competition at Cannes, and went on to pick up the audience award for best European film at San Sebastian and to become the highest-grossing Argentinian film ever. The country won the Oscar in 2010 with The Secret In Their Eyes.

Contact Film Factory info@filmfactory.esCharlie's Country (Australia)

Dir Rolf de Heer

Following The Tracker and Ten Canoes, this is Rolf de Heer's third collaboration with veteran indigenous actor David Gulpilil, who picked up the best actor award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes for his performance as an Aboriginal man trying to protect his community. Australia's last foreign-language Oscar submission was Cate Shortland's Lore in 2012, but the country is yet to pick upa nomination.

Contact Visit Films info@visitfilms.comThe Dark Valley (Austria)

Dir Andreas Prochaska

UK actor Sam Riley stars alongside Austria's Tobias Moretti in Andreas Prochaska's period revenge drama set in a remote Austrian mountain village in the late 19th century. The film played at Berlin and is based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Willmann. Michael Haneke's Amour won the foreign-language Oscar for Austria in 2013.

Contact Films Distribution info@filmsdistribution.comNabat (Azerbaijan)

Dir Elchin Musaoglu

Set against the backdrop of what appears to be the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Azerbaijani director Elchin Musaoglu's second feature (following his 2009 debut, The 40th Door) world premiered at Venice in Orizzonti and stars Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya as a peasant who cares for her dying husband while mourning the death of her son.

Contact Dreamlab Films info@dreamlabfilms.comGlow Of The Firefly (Bangladesh)

Dir Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Bidya Sinha Saha Mim and Gazi Rakayet star in Khalid Mahmood Mithu's second feature, about a woman whose plans to adopt a child are met with opposition from her conservative in-laws.

Contact Khalid Mahmood Mithu mithu@bol-online.comTwo Days, One Night (Belgium)

Dirs Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Premiering in Competition at Cannes, the Dardenne brothers' fourth foreign-language Oscar submission went on to Telluride and Toronto. …

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