As you may be aware, over the past couple of months I have been trying to watch as many of the Best Foreign Language Film submissions as possible. To date I have only managed to see 28 out of the 65 submissions. I do have access to about a dozen others but unfortunately they are either without subtitles, or subtitled in a language that I cannot understand.
Earlier today, the Academy announced the shortlist of nine semi-finalists. The official final nominees will be selected from these nine films and will be announced on Tuesday, January 25th, along with all the other Oscar nominees.
Denmark, “In a Better World”, Susanne Bier - Winner
Algeria, “Hors la Loi”, Rachid Bouchareb
Canada, “Incendies”, Denis Villeneuve
Greece, “Dogtooth”, Yorgos Lanthimos
Japan, “Confessions”, Tetsuya Nakashima
Mexico, “Biutiful”, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
South Africa, “Life, above All”, Oliver Schmitz
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia”, Iciar Bollain
Sweden, “Simple Simon”, Andreas Ohman