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  • AFGHANISTAN – Utopia

    1 2.13%
  • ALBANIA – Bota

    0 0%
  • ALGERIA – Twilight of Shadows

    0 0%
  • ARGENTINA – The Clan

    23 48.94%
  • AUSTRALIA – Arrows of the Thunder Dragon

    1 2.13%
  • AUSTRIA – Goodnight Mommy

    10 21.28%
  • BANGLADESH – Jalal’s Story

    0 0%
  • BELGIUM – The Brand New Testament

    5 10.64%
  • BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Our Everyday Life

    0 0%
  • BRAZIL – The Second Mother

    33 70.21%
  • BULGARIA – The Judgement

    2 4.26%
  • CAMBODIA – The Last Reel

    0 0%
  • CANADA – Felix and Meira

    3 6.38%
  • CHILE – The Club

    16 34.04%
  • CHINA – Go Away Mr. Tumor

    1 2.13%
  • COLOMBIA – Embrace the Serpent

    23 48.94%
  • COSTA RICA – Presos

    0 0%
  • CROATIA – The High Sun

    1 2.13%
  • CZECH REPUBLIC – Home Care

    0 0%
  • DENMARK – A War

    9 19.15%
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Sand Dollars,

    0 0%
  • ESTONIA – 1944

    0 0%
  • ETHIOPIA – Lamb

    6 12.77%
  • FINLAND – The Fencer

    0 0%
  • FRANCE – Mustang

    25 53.19%
  • GEORGIA – Moira

    0 0%
  • GERMANY – Labyrinth of Lies

    19 40.43%
  • GREECE – Xenia

    1 2.13%
  • GUATEMALA – Ixcanul Volcano

    12 25.53%
  • HONG KONG – To the Fore

    0 0%
  • HUNGARY – Son of Saul

    41 87.23%
  • ICELAND – Rams

    18 38.30%
  • INDIA – Court

    5 10.64%
  • IRAN – Muhammad: The Messenger of God

    1 2.13%
  • IRAQ – Memories of Stone

    0 0%
  • IRELAND – Viva

    1 2.13%
  • ISRAEL – Baba Joon

    0 0%
  • ITALY – Don't Be Bad

    1 2.13%
  • IVORY COAST – Run

    0 0%
  • JAPAN – 100 Yen Love

    2 4.26%
  • JORDAN – Theeb

    10 21.28%
  • KAZAKHSTAN – Stranger

    0 0%
  • KOSOVO – Babai,

    0 0%
  • KYRGYZSTAN – Heavenly Nomadic

    0 0%
  • LATVIA – Modris

    0 0%
  • LEBANON – Void

    0 0%
  • LITHUANIA – The Summer of Sangailé

    1 2.13%
  • LUXEMBOURG – Baby(a)lone

    0 0%
  • MACEDONIA – Honey Night

    0 0%
  • MALAYSIA – Men Who Save the World

    0 0%
  • MEXICO – 600 Miles

    2 4.26%
  • MONTENEGRO – You Carry Me

    0 0%
  • MOROCCO – Aida

    0 0%
  • NEPAL – Talakjung vs Tulke

    0 0%
  • NETHERLANDS – The Paradise Suite

    1 2.13%
  • NORWAY – The Wave

    3 6.38%
  • PAKISTAN – Moor

    0 0%
  • PALESTINE – The Wanted 18

    0 0%
  • PARAGUAY – Cloudy Times

    0 0%
  • PERU – NN

    0 0%
  • PHILIPPINES – Heneral Luna

    1 2.13%
  • POLAND – 11 Minutes

    6 12.77%
  • PORTUGAL – Arabian Nights. Vol. 2 – The Desolate

    7 14.89%
  • ROMANIA – Aferim!

    3 6.38%
  • RUSSIA – Sunstroke

    0 0%
  • SERBIA – Enclave

    0 0%
  • SINGAPORE – 7 Letters

    0 0%
  • SLOVAKIA – Goat

    0 0%
  • SLOVENIA – The Tree

    0 0%
  • SOUTH AFRICA – The Two of Us

    0 0%
  • SOUTH KOREA – The Throne

    1 2.13%
  • SPAIN – Loreak

    2 4.26%
  • SWEDEN – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    17 36.17%
  • SWITZERLAND – Iraqi Odyssey

    1 2.13%
  • TAIWAN – The Assassin

    29 61.70%
  • THAILAND – How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

    0 0%
  • TURKEY – Sivas

    3 6.38%
  • UNITED KINGDOM – Under Milk Wood

    0 0%
  • URUGUAY – A Moonless Night

    2 4.26%
  • VENEZUELA – Gone with the River

    1 2.13%
  • VIETNAM – Jackpot

    0 0%
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Thread: Best Foreign Language Film predictions/submissions 2015-2016

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    Best Foreign Language Film predictions/submissions 2015-2016

    THE OFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS LIST (US distributor)

    AFGHANISTAN - Utopia, by Hassan Nazer. (TBA). Trailer.
    ALBANIA - Bota, by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci. (TBA). Trailer
    ALGERIA - Twilight of the Shadows. by Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina. (TBA). Trailer.
    ARGENTINA - The Clan, by Pablo Trapero (Fox). Trailer.
    AUSTRALIA - Arrows of the Thunder Dragon, by Greg Sneddon. (TBA). Trailer.
    AUSTRIA - Goodnight Mommy, by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz. (Radius-TWC). Trailer.

    BANGLADESH - Jalal's Story, by Abu Shahed Emon. (TBA). Trailer.
    BELGIUM - The Brand New Testament, by Jaco van Dormael. (TBA). Trailer.
    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Our Everyday Life, by Ines Tanovic. (TBA). Trailer.
    BRAZIL - The Second Mother, by Anna Muylaert. (OScilloscope Films). Trailer.
    BULGARIA - The Judgement, by Stephan Komandarev. (TBA). Trailer.

    CAMBODIA - The Last Reel, by Kulikar Sotho. (TBA). Trailer.
    CANADA - Felix and Meira, by Maxime Giroux. (Oscilloscope Films). Trailer.
    CHILE - The Club, by Pablo Larrain. (Music Box Films). Trailer.
    CHINA - The Wolf Totem, by Jean Jacques Annaud. (TBA). Trailer.
    COLOMBIA - Embrace the Serpent, by Ciro Garcia. (Oscilloscope Films). Trailer
    COSTA RICA - Presos, by Esteban Ramirez. (TBA). Trailer.
    COTE D'IVOIRE - Run, by Philippe Lacôte. (TBA). Clip.
    CROATIA - The High Sun, by Dalibor Matanic. (TBA). Trailer.
    CZECH REPUBLIC - Home Care, by Slavek Horak. (TBA). Trailer.

    DENMARK - A War, by Tobias Lindholm. (TBA). Trailer.
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Sand Dollars, by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. (TBA). Trailer.

    ESTONIA - 1944, by Elmo Nüganen. (TBA). Trailer.
    ETHIOPIA - Lamb, by Yared Zeleke. (TBA). Trailer.

    FINLAND - The Fencer, by Klaus Härö. (TBA). Trailer.
    FRANCE - Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. (Cohen Media Group). Trailer.

    GEORGIA - Moira, by Levan Tutberidze. (TBA). Trailer
    GERMANY - Labyrinth of Lies, by Giulio Ricciarelli. (Sony Pictures Classic). Trailer.
    GREECE - Xenia, by Panos H. Koutras. (Strand Releasing). Trailer.
    GUATEMALA - Ixcanul Volcano, by Jayro Bustamante. (Kino Lorber). Trailer.

    HONG KONG - To the Fore, by Dante Lam. (TBA). Trailer.
    HUNGARY - Son of Saul, by László Nemes. (Sony Pictures Classics). Trailer.

    ICELAND - Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson. (Cohen Media Group). Trailer.
    INDIA - Court, by Chaitanya Tamhane. (Zeitgeist Films). Trailer.
    IRAN - Muhammad: The Messenger of God, by Majid Majidi. (TBA). Trailer.
    IRAQ - Memories on Stone, by Shawkat Amin Korki. (TBA). Trailer.
    IRELAND - Viva, by Paddy Breathnach. (TBA). Trailer.
    ISRAEL - Baba Joon, by Yuval Delshad. (TBA). Trailer.
    ITALY - Don't Be Bad, by Claudio Cagilari. (TBA). Trailer.

    JAPAN - 100 Yen Love, by Masaharu Take. (TBA). Trailer.
    JORDAN - Theeb, by Naji Abu Nowar. (Film Movement). Trailer.

    KAZAKHSTAN - Stranger, by Ermek Tursunov. (TBA). Trailer.
    KOSOVO - Babai, by Visar Morina. (TBA). Trailer.
    KYRGYZSTAN - Heavenly Nomadic, by Mirlan Abdykalykov. (TBA). Trailer.

    LATVIA - Modris, by Juris Kursietis. (TBA). Trailer.
    LEBANON - Void, by Tarek Korkomaz, Zeina Makki, Jad Beyrouthy, Christelle Ighniades, Salim Habr, Maria Abdel Karim & Naji Bechara. (TBA). Trailer.
    LITHUANIA - The Summer of Sangailé, by Alantė Kavaitė. (TBA). Trailer.
    LUXEMBOURG - Baby(a)lone, by Donato Rotulo. (TBA). Trailer.

    MACEDONIA - Honey Night, by Ivo Trajkov. (TBA). Trailer.
    MALAYSIA - Men Who Save the World, by Liew Seng Tat. (TBA). Trailer.
    MEXICO - 600 Miles, by Gabriel Ripstein. (TBA). Trailer.
    MONTENEGRO - You Carry Me, by Ivona Juka. (TBA). Trailer.
    MOROCCO - Aida, by Driss Mrini. (TBA). Trailer.

    NEPAL - Talakjung vs Tulke, by Nischal Basnet. (TBA). Trailer.
    NETHERLANDS - The Paradise Suite, by Joost van Ginkel. (TBA). Trailer.
    NORWAY - The Wave, by Roar Uthaug. (TBA). Trailer.

    PAKISTAN - Moor, by Jami (TBA). Trailer.
    PALESTINE - The Wanted 18, by Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali. (Kino Lorber). Trailer.
    PARAGUAY - Cloudy Times, by Arami Ullon. (TBA). Trailer.
    PERU - NN, by Hector Galvez. (TBA). Trailer.
    PHILIPPINES - Heneral Luna, by Jerrold Tarog. (TBA). Trailer.
    POLAND - 11 Minutes, by Jerzy Skolimowski. (TBA). Trailer.
    PORTUGAL - Arabian Nights. Volume 2 - The Desolate, by Miguel Gomez. (Kino Lorber). Trailer.

    ROMANIA - Aferim!, by Radu Jude. (World Pictures). Trailer.
    RUSSIA - Sunstroke, by Nikita Mikhalkov. (TBA). Trailer.

    SERBIA - Enclave, by Goran Radovanović. (TBA). Trailer.
    SINGAPORE - 7 Letters, by Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, K. Rajagopal. (TBA). Trailer.
    SLOVAKIA - Goat, by Ivan Ostrochovský. (TBA). Trailer.
    SLOVENIA - The Tree, by Sonja Prosenc. (TBA). Trailer.
    SOUTH AFRICA - Two of Us, by Ernest Nkosi. (TBA). Trailer.
    SOUTH KOREA - The Throne, by Lee Joon-ik. (TBA). Trailer.
    SPAIN - Loreak, by Jon Garańo and Jose Mari Goenaga. (TBA). Trailer.
    SWEDEN - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, by Roy Andersson. (Magnolia Pictures). Trailer.
    SWITZERLAND - Iraqi Odyssey, by Samir. (TBA). Trailer.

    TAIWAN - The Assassin, by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. (Well Go USA). Trailer.
    THAILAND - How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), by Josh Kim. (TBA). Trailer.
    TURKEY - Sivas, by Kaan Müjdeci. (TBA). Trailer.

    UNITED KINGDOM - "Under Milk Wood", by Kevin Allen. (TBA). Trailer
    URUGUAY - A Moonless Night, by German Tejeira. (TBA). Trailer.

    VENEZUELA - Gone with the River, by Mario Crespo. (TBA). Trailer.
    VIETNAM - Jackpot, by Dustin Nyugen. (TBA). Trailer.
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    We're back. Another race, another predictions. This thread will keep open for news related to official submissions and also preliminar predictions.

    The earlier post has the list of all countries which sent films in this category since 1957. The only exceptions were disappeared countries (Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, West and East Germany) and the unfair exclusion of Puerto Rico (Unless the AMPAS had readmitted Puerto Rico in the race recently and I didn't know about that). That list will be changed along this 2015-2016 race.
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    I don't think that lame rule barring U.S. commonwealths has been overturned. Why was it instituted in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb View Post
    I don't think that lame rule barring U.S. commonwealths has been overturned. Why was it instituted in the first place?
    Even I didn't found a good popular reason to explain that. Some sources said the category must only accept independent countries but then Greenland, Kosovo, Palestine, Hong Kong entered in the race. Others said to avoid American money. And the third point explained Puerto Rican status for US citizenship.

    One of these lame decisions by AMPAS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kostas View Post
    Even I didn't found a good popular reason to explain that. Some sources said the category must only accept independent countries but then Greenland, Kosovo, Palestine, Hong Kong entered in the race.
    Not to mention Wales, which is not only part of an English-speaking country but whose population is also largely English-speaking.

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    ETA - O.K. My super early predictions:

    Brazil - The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert)
    Chile - The Club (Pablo Larraín)
    Denmark - Silent Heart (Bille August)
    France - Chocolat (Roschid Zem) - If releasing early. Also Zem is French by birth.
    Guatemala - Ixcanul Volcano (Jayro Bustamante)
    Israel - A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman) - Now with Poland winning, is this the turn of Israel?
    Italy - Leopardi (Mario Martone)
    Romania - Aferim! (Radu Jude)
    Spain - Magical Girl (Carlos Vermut)
    United Kingdom - Trash (Stephen Daldry)
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    2015 looks pretty bad for spanish films, so I guess that our submission will one of the acclaimed films of 2014, either La isla mínima or Magical girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jali View Post
    2015 looks pretty bad for spanish films, so I guess that our submission will one of the acclaimed films of 2014, either La isla mínima or Magical girl.
    La Isla Minima was released on 26 September 2014, so the film is out this year. I guess this is Magical Girl to lose.

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    By this time last year, Ida had already screened in Telluride and Toronto. If anyone was pegging it as the future winner at this stage, that's pretty impressive.

    Also, did Christian Petzold's Phoenix make the deadline last year, or is it eligible this year? I feel like that's a good possibility for Germany. I also think the Berlinale entry, Victoria, could break out, but maybe more in a Run Lola Run kind of way, and not in Oscar terms.

    Oh, and The Assassin for Taiwan?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    By this time last year, Ida had already screened in Telluride and Toronto. If anyone was pegging it as the future winner at this stage, that's pretty impressive.

    Also, did Christian Petzold's Phoenix make the deadline last year, or is it eligible this year? I feel like that's a good possibility for Germany. I also think the Berlinale entry, Victoria, could break out, but maybe more in a Run Lola Run kind of way, and not in Oscar terms.

    Oh, and The Assassin for Taiwan?!
    Phoenix should be eligible this year.

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    Phoenix was released on 25 September 2014 in Germany, so it must likely out

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    I can't fathom picking Beloved Sisters over Phoenix. If that's the case, what was Germany thinking?!

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    Maybe Germany will go with Sebastian Schipper's Victoria this year? The von Trotta didn't really get good reviews at Venice.

    How about Chile choosing The Club or the Pearl Button? The Postman's White Nights seems to be Russia's choice (it was pushed back so Leviathan could have it last year). Aferim! seems like a good bet for Romania, as does Ixcanul for Guatemala.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    I can't fathom picking Beloved Sisters over Phoenix. If that's the case, what was Germany thinking?!
    Remember when France choose Renoir two years ago? Something like that.

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    Mexico won't be nominated next year, I guess. After Poland's win we are just behind Israel with the record of most noms, no wins, LOL.

    I've heard great things about Perezcano's Carmín Tropical, a film noir about a zapotec transexual (sounds great, no?) which is clearly not typical Oscar material but you never know. Same goes to Las Oscuras Primaveras (The Dark Springs) by Ernesto Contreras.

    Desierto by Jonás Cuarón could be an interesting contender (factor Gael) but apparently is a US production.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldo View Post
    Mexico won't be nominated next year, I guess. After Poland's win we are just behind Israel with the record of most noms, no wins, LOL.
    Speaking of that, big LMFAO if Natalie Portman brings Israel's first Oscar for A Tale of Love and Darkness (If the rumors are true). So Mexico will be the biggest loser in this category (Well, Mexico has two director Oscars ).

    If Wikipedia is right Brazil and South Korea are the overall biggest losers of the big bunch of cinema world industries at the Oscars (Alongside countries like France, India, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Spain). No any Brazilian or South Korean film/person have won an Oscar yet in any category. Even a tiny country like Chile surpassed them with Claudio Miranda's triumph in 2012.

    Also poor South Korea, no nomination or shortlist mention yet.
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    Krigen (A War) may become a serious contender for Denmark, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Krigen (A War) may become a serious contender for Denmark, I guess.
    I feel pretty confident that they will pick Bille August's Alzheimer's/euthanasia drama Silent Heart, though.


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    Yes, didn't Billie August's film have rave reviews out of San Sebastian last year?

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    Rappeneau's Belles Familles is my current bet for France. At 83, this is only his 9th film () but don't forget he already directed a Best Foreign L Oscar nominee (and one that got 5 Oscar nominations and an Oscar win for Costumes) and that he also got a best screenplay nom for L'homme de Rio...50 years ago. Despite its 5 Oscar noms Cyrano de Bergerac lost to Xavier Koller's Journey of Hope though. LMFAO at this category's weird wins every now and then.

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