Sunday, September 1, 2013

86th Academy Awards (2014): Foreign Film Submission List


Once again it's that time...

For the third year running, I will be keeping tabs on, and also attempting to watch and review as many of the foreign film submissions to the Academy Awards as possible.

A record number 76 entries have been accepted to the 2014 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.

According to the official rules, the deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Read on for the list of films submitted to the 86th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Competition:


Country Title Language Director
Afghanistan ژمه (Wajma [An Afghan Love Story]) Dari Barmak Akram
Albania Agon Albanian, Greek Robert Budina
Argentina Wakolda Spanish, German Lucía Puenzo
Australia The Rocket Lao Kim Mordaunt
Austria Die Wand (The Wall) German Julian Pölsler
Azerbaijan 'Çölçü (Steppe Man) Azerbaijani Shamil Aliyev
Bangladesh টেলিভিশন (Television) Bengali Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Belgium The Broken Circle Breakdown Flemish Felix van Groeningen
Bosnia and Herzegovina Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episiode in the Life of an Iron Picker) Bosnian, Romany Danis Tanović
Brazil O Som Ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds) Portuguese Kleber Mendonça
Bulgaria Цветът на хамелеона (The Color of the Chameleon) Bulgarian Emil Hristow
Cambodia l'Image manquante (The Missing Picture) French Rithy Panh
Canada Gabrielle French Louise Archambault
Chad Grigris French, Arabic Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Chile Gloria Spanish Sebastián Lelio
China 一九四二 (Back to 1942) Mandarin, English Feng Xiaogang
Colombia La Playa D.C. Spanish Juan Andrés Arango Garcia
Croatia Halimin put (Halima's Path) Bosnian Arsen Anton Ostojić
Czech Republic Donšajni (The Don Juans) Czech Jiří Menzel
Denmark Jagten (The Hunt) Danish Thomas Vinterberg
Dominican Republic ¿Quién Manda? (Who's the Boss?) Spanish Ronni Castillo
Ecuador Mejor No Hablar (de Ciertas Cosas) (Porcelain Horse) Spanish Javier Andrade
Egypt الشتا إللى فات (Winter of Discontent) Arabic Ibrahim El-Batout
Estonia Free Range: Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest (Free Range) Estonian Veiko Õunpuu
Finland Lärjungen (Disciple) Swedish Ulrika Bengts
France Renoir French, Italian Gilles Bourdos
Georgia გრძელი ნათელი დღეები (In Bloom) Georgian Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
Germany Zwei Leben (Two Lives) German Georg Maas
Greece Το Αγόρι Τρώει το Φαγητό του Πουλιού (Boy Eating the Bird's Food) Greek Ektoras Lygizos
Hong Kong 一代宗師 (The Grandmaster) Cantonese, Mandarin Wong Kar Wai
Hungary A nagy füzet (The Notebook) Hungarian János Szász
Iceland Hross í Oss (Of Horses and Men) Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson
India The Good Road Gujarati Gyan Correa
Indonesia Sang Kiai Indonesian, Japanese Rako Prijanto
Iran گذشته (The Past) French, Persian Asghar Farhadi
Israel בית לחם (Bethlehem) Hebrew, Arabic Yuval Adler
Italy La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) Italian Paolo Sorrentino
Japan 舟を編む (The Great Passage) Japanese Yuya Ishii
Kazakhstan Шал (The Old Man) Russian, Kazakh Ermek Tursunov
Latvia Mammu, es tevi mīlu (Mother I Love You) Latvian Jānis Nords
Lebanon قصة ثواني (Blind Intersections) Arabic Lara Saba
Lithuania Pokalbiai rimtomis temomis (Conversations on Serious Topics) Lithuanian Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Luxembourg Doudege Wénkel (Blind Spot) Luxembourgish, French Christophe Wagner
Mexico Heli Spanish Amat Escalante
Moldova Toti Copiii Domnului (All God's Children) Romanian, Italian Adrian Popovici
Montenegro As pik - loša sudbina (Bad Destiny) Serbo-Croatian Draško Đurović
Morocco Les chevaux de Dieu (Horses of God) Arabic, French Nabil Ayouch
Nepal सुनगाभा (Soongava: Dance of the Orchids) Nepali Subarna Thapa
Netherlands Borgman Dutch Alex van Warmerdam
New Zealand White Lies Maori, English Dana Rotberg
Norway Jeg er din (I am Yours) Norwegian, Urdu Iram Haq
Pakistan زندہ بھاگ (Zinda Bhaag) Urdu, Punjabi Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi
Palestine عمر (Omar) Arabic Hany Abu-Assad
Peru El limpiador (The Cleaner) Spanish Adrián Saba
Philippines Transit Hebrew, Tagalog, English Hannah Espia
Poland Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Walesa) Polish Andrzej Wajda
Portugal Linhas de Wellington (Lines of Wellington) Portuguese, English, French Valeria Samiento
Romania Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose) Romanian Călin Peter Netzer
Russia Сталинград (Stalingrad) Russian Fedor Bondarchuk
Saudi Arabia وجدة (Wadjda) Arabic Haifaa al-Mansour
Serbia Кругови (Circles) Serbian Srdan Golubovic
Singapore 爸妈不在家 (Ilo Ilo) Mandarin, English, Tagalog Anthony Chen
Slovakia Môj pes Killer (My Dog Killer) Slovak Mira Fornay
Slovenia Razredni sovražnik (Class Enemy) Slovene Rok Biček
South Africa Four Corners Afrikaans Ian Gabriel
South Korea 범죄소년 (Juvenile Offender) Korean Kang Yi-kwan
Spain 15 años y un día (15 Years and One Day) Spanish Gracia Querejeta
Sweden Äta sova dö (Eat Sleep Die) Swedish, Croatian Gabriela Pichler
Switzerland More than Honey German Markus Imhoof
Taiwan 失魂 (Soul) Mandarin Mong-Hong Chung
Thailand เคาท์ดาวน์ (Countdown) Thai Nattawut Poonpiriya
Turkey Kelebeğin Rüyası (The Dream of a Butterfly) Turkish Yılmaz Erdoğan
Ukraine Параджанов (Paradjanov) Russian Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova
United Kingdom Metro Manila Tagalog Sean Ellis
Uruguay Anina Spanish Alfredo Soderguit
Venezuela Brecha en el silencio (Breach in the Silence) Spanish Luis Rodríguez, Andrés Rodríguez

19 comments:

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Can't say I have heard of any of these, I'm banking on you to keep me informed.
Is there a favorite to win the foreign film oscar at this early stage?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

There's no clear favorite like Amour this year. Right now, my money is on Denmark's The Hunt. And I think Australia's The Rocket and Hong Kong's The Grandmaster will be on the shortlist. But I really need to see more films...

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Mine too, The Hunt has to be one of the 5 nominated films! IF France sends The Past then has high possibilities again. In the next 15 days we will learn more and perhaps we can find a few unexpected surprises. :)

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Oh, I totally forgot about The Past. Of course Farhadi has a strong chance too.


Also must say that I'm very glad to see that you're back in action, Storyteller!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

The only one on this list I'm familiar with is Zwei Leben, but I haven't seen it yet. I'm glad you're keep track again. I always end up watching the Foreign film categories AFTER the Oscars. I'm hoping that will change and I can see them prior too instead.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Child's Pose is a film I enjoyed a lot. I think it's a strong contender but it may not be 'feel good' enough for Hollywood. It's also a damning attack on capitalism which doesn't usually go down that well.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I understand. Most of the time the contenders don't get released over here until after the awards, and sometimes they don't get released at all. So you have to hope they get picked up for a local festival, or somehow get your hands on some screeners. Anyhow, I'm glad to have you following along, thanks for visiting Brittani!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Well, to their credit, the two most recent winners (Amour and A Separation) haven't been feel good films (far from it). So there's hope. But I've yet to see Child's Pose, so I can't say just yet.

Always happy to see a comment from you Lisa. Cheers.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

:)
Oh that's an excellent point! I stand corrected. It will be very interesting to see what makes the final cut this year.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I'm really curious to see which film France ends up picking. I notice 'The Past' hasn't been scheduled for a qualifying release yet, so I wonder if that is an option. Do you know of any other major French films to look out for?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

The Past had a domestic release in May. I'd say it's almost certainly a lock to be France's entry by virtue of him being a very recent winner.


A few high profile French titles that I'm looking forward to seeing are Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color, Ozon's Young and Beautiful, Denis' The Bastards, and Zlotowski's Grand Central.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Oh, did it? I thought it only played Cannes.
Will be seeing 'Bastards' at NYFF, looking forward to it. Would be cool if it got submitted. I rarely get to see the foreign submissions before nominations.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah it got a theatrical release the same day as its Cannes premiere. IIRC Rust and Bone did the same thing the year before.



Cool. I hope to catch Bastards at VIFF. They haven't announced the full lineup yet but I assume it will be there. What else are you going to see at NYFF?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I'm also seeing The Immigrant, Gloria, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Abuse of Weakness. I'm hoping to catch Inside Llewyn Davis too, but that's sold out at the moment.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Nice choices. Pretty sure that Gloria will be Chile's submission and I'm dying to see Abuse of Weakness. Don't worry about missing 'Inside', it will be in wide release soon enough.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Well, I actually live in Jamaica, so I'll probably have to wait for DVD to see Llewyn Davis. It's unlikely to be released here.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Oh crap, sorry. I should have remembered that. Anyhow, I look forward to your coverage.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Long time no speak sir, its Steven S (ex-FilmScope).

http://letterboxd.com/kano/list/86th-academy-awards-submissions-for-best/


There's three more to complete the list which I should add on tomorrow.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

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