Saturday, September 1, 2012

85th Academy Awards (2013) Foreign Film Submissions

The official Best Foreign Language Film submissions to the 2013 Oscars have been announced by their respective countries.

The final official list, revealed on October 8 2012, consists of a record number of 71 films.

This is the first time Kenya has taken part, and the second time for Cambodia with its first submission since 1994.

Iran, who won last year for A Separation, originally selected Reza Mirkarimi's A Cube of Sugar, but later announced that they would boycott this year's awards.

No other films were withdrawn or disqualified.

Read on for the list of films in competition for the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film:

Academy Award Winner

Afghanistan - The Patience Stone (سن صبور)
Atiq Rahimi [Persian]
Albania - Pharmakon
Joni Shanaj [Albanian]
Algeria - Zabana! (زبانة)
Saïd Ould Khelifa [Arabic, French]
Argentina - Clandestine Childhood (Infancia clandestina)
Benjamín Avila [Spanish]
Armenia - If Only Everyone (Եթե բոլորը)
Nataliya Belyauskene [Armenian, Russian]
Azerbaijan - Buta
Ilgar Najaf [Azerbaijani]
Bangladesh - Ghetuputra Kamola
Humayun Ahmed [Bengali]
Brazil - The Clown (O Palhaço)
Selton Mello [Portuguese]
Cambodia - Lost Loves (ឃ្លាត​ទៅ​សែន​ឆ្ងាយ)
Chhay Bora [Khmer]
China - Caught in the Web (搜索)
Chen Kaige [Mandarin]
Colombia - El Cartel de los Sapos
Carlos Moreno [Spanish]
Croatia - Cannibal Vegetarian (Ljudožder vegetarijanac)
Branko Schmidt [Croatian]
Czech Republic - In The Shadows (Ve stínu)
David Ondříček [Czech, German]
Dominican Republic - Check Mate (Jaque Mate)
José María Cabral [Spanish]
Estonia - Mushrooming (Seenelkäik)
Toomas Hussar [Estonian]
Finland - Purge (Puhdistus)
Antti Jokinen [Finnish]
Georgia - Keep Smiling (გაიღიმეთ)
Rusudan Chkonia [Georgian]
Greenland - Inuk
Mike Magidson [Greenlandic]
Iceland - The Deep (Djúpið)
Baltasar Kormákur [Icelandic]
Indonesia - The Dancer (Sang Penari)
Ifa Isfansyah [Indonesian, Banyamasan]
Israel - Fill the Void (למלא את החלל)
Rama Burshtein [Hebrew]
Japan - Our Homeland (一かぞくのくに)
Yong-hi Yang [Japanese]
Kazakhstan - Myn Bala (Жаужүрек мың бала)
Akan Satayev [Kazakh]
Kyrgyzstan - The Empty Home
Nurbek Egen [Kyrgyz, Russian, French]
Kenya - Nairobi Half Life
David Tosh Gitonga [Swahili, Kikuyu, English]
Latvia - Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg (Golfa straume zem ledus kalna)
Yevgeni Pashkevich [Russian]
Lithuania - Ramin
Audrius Stonys [Georgian]
Macedonia - The Third Half (Трето полувреме)
Darko Mitrevski [Macedonian, German, Bulgarian]
Mexico - After Lucia (Después de Lucía)
Michel Franco [Spanish]
Morocco - Death for Sale (موت للبيع)
Faouzi Bensaïdi [Arabic]
Palestine - When I Saw You (لما شفتك)
Annemarie Jacir [Arabic]
Philippines - Bwakaw
Jun Robles Lana [Tagalog]
Peru - The Bad Intentions (Las malas intenciones)
Rosario Garcia-Montero [Spanish]
Russia - White Tiger (Белый тигр)
Karen Shakhnazarov [Russian]
Serbia - When Day Breaks (Кад сване дан)
Goran Paskaljević [Serbian]
Singapore - Already Famous
Michelle Chong [Chinese]
Slovakia - Made in Ash (Až do mesta Aš)
Iveta Grófová [Slovak, German, Czech]
South Africa - Little One (Umfaan)
Darrell Roodt [Afrikaans]
Spain - Blancanieves
Pablo Berger [Silent with Spanish intertitles]
Sweden - The Hypnotist (Hypnotisören)
Lasse Hallström [Swedish]
Taiwan - Touch of the Light (逆光飛翔)
Chang Rong-ji [Mandarin]
Turkey - Where the Fire Burns (Ateşin Düştüğü Yer)
İsmail Güneş [Turkish]
Ukraine - Firecrosser (Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь)
Mykhailo Illienko [Ukrainian]
Uruguay - La demora
Rodrigo Plá [Spanish]
Venezuela - Rock, Paper, Scissors (Piedra, papel o tijera)
Hernán Jabes [Spanish]
Vietnam - The Scent of Burning Grass (Mùi cỏ cháy)
Nguyễn Hữu Mười [Vietnamese]

25/71 reviewed. (Last update: January 24, 2013)


365 moviesandsongs365 said...

Thanks for the early news, BT. Barbara is on my anticipated list, I saw it won Silver Bear for best director at Berlin Film Festival

d_4 said...

And I'm left completely at a blank and realize that this is why I visit you.

The Angry Lurker said...

I'm with D4 at the moment!

Ricardo D. R. Watson said...

I saw Barbara at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival and could it be a serious finalist

Lisa Thatcher said...

Great list - thanks for the coverage BT. I was left a little cold by Barbara, although I still think Nina Hoss might be the most beautiful woman alive. But I can't wait to see the others.

David Zou said...

I hope A Simple Life would win this time,such a deserving one.

FrontRoomCinema said...

I can't believe it has been a year since you started this last time... jeeeesh

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Mine too. It just sounds like my type of film. Hopefully I'll get a chance to screen it soon.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

That's what I'm here for.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Thanks for stopping by Ricardo. That's good to hear about Barbara. What do you think Argentina's entry will be?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I agree it should have been nominated last year. Sadly it is not eligible this time around

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Good to hear from you again Lisa, hope all is well. I remember skimming your review of it a few months back. Hopefully I get to see it soon.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I know, one year to the day. The time just flies.

Andrew Buckle said...

I have only seen 6 of these so far, but they were all good films. Tops would be Amour and Caesar Must Die, but I also really liked Lore (a high quality Australian/German production), A Royal Affair and No. Heard great things about War Witch, Beyond the Hills, Sister and The Intouchables. Should be interesting.

Squasher88 said...

The submissions look ssoo impressive this year. Dying to see "Our Children", "Amour", "Lore", "War Witch", "A Royal Affair", "Barfi!" "No".

Scott said...

Great work - keep it coming.

Mettel Ray said...

Estonia!! Woooo - representing proudly! Sadly, I haven't seen it since I'm not in Estonia at the moment but I did see the trailer and it looked very promising!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah lots of good films here, I think the competition this year will be a close one.

Joel Burman said...

So have you taken the chance to watch the Hypnotist? Maybe not that funny without subtitles though... hahah

Joel Burman said...

The Swedish entry is only picked because Hallström directed it. I have only heard bad stuff about and everyone who is into Oscar predictions can easily put it in the category that it will not making the final round.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I've now seen most of the one's you listed here, and I think it's going to be a very tight race.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

That's a shame, My Life as a Dog is one of my all time favorites, so I had my fingers crossed that this would be a return to form.

Bonjour Tristesse said...


Lisa Thatcher said...

Well, I have to say I was thrilled thrilled thrilled to see Haneke nominated for best director and Amour for best film, even outside of the best foreign film category. I can't see Amour winning best film (it will win best foreign film for sure) but maybe they will give Haneke a gong for director as a kind of lifetime achievement thingy... I haven't been this interested in the Academy Awards for years!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I agree, it would be amazing if he somehow steals one of the main awards, and the possibility of it might be enough to make me actually watch the ceremony for once.

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