Fri. Aug 14th, 2020

Golden Globes: 80 Films Eligible for Foreign Language Film

The last two years saw the Foreign Language Film Globe winner not nominated for the Oscar

80 films from 49 countries have qualified to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the Foreign Language Film category at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. 

The Golden Globes do things differently than the Oscars; primarily, they allow more than one film per country to be nominated. Multiple submissions from any country are allowed as long as the films follow the qualification requirements and are screened for the membership as verified by the Foreign Film Committee.  This year, Italy has three eligible films (including Dogman, its Oscar submission), Norway has four (including its Oscar submission What Will People Say) and Russia has its hand in no less than six entries (including its Oscar submission Sobibor). India also has six, including its Oscar submission Village Rockstars.

This year, as every year, brings us a handful of films that are not the official Oscar submission for individual countries like Everybody Knows from Spain, Happy as Lazzaro from Italy and Shadow from China. In fact, China has five eligible films yet, amazingly, none of them are its official Oscar submission (Hidden Man).

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Although the Golden Globes and the Oscars often see eye to eye, the last two years has seen the winner at the Globes snubbed even for a nomination at the Oscars. Most recently, Germany’s In the Fade was its official Oscar submission, made the shortlist but didn’t make the final five. The Globes nominated it and gave it the win. In 2017, Elle was France’s submission for the Oscar but even was missing from the shortlist. The Globes nominated the film (Globe nominations came out before the Oscar shortlist) and, possibly in a response to the Oscar snub, gave the film – along with actress Isabelle Huppert – a surprise win.

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To qualify a film must be a motion picture drama, musical or comedy with at least 51% of the dialogue spoken in a non-English language. Documentaries are not eligible. Animated films – including foreign language ones – are considered in the Animation category. This is wildly different than the rules of decades ago when productions from the UK qualified here a ‘ Foreign Film,’ and we had winners like A Passage to India, Gandhi and Chariots of Fire. The HFPA officially changed the category title from Foreign Film to Foreign Language Film in 1986.

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Also, a foreign language film must have been released in their country of origin during the prior 15-month period, from October 1st to December 31st before the awards. Each film must have been screened for active HFPA members.

Golden Globe nominations will be revealed on December 6, 2018 and the winners will be announced in the ceremony on January 6, 2019.

Here are the 80 films in contention for a nomination for Foreign Language Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. Titles in bold are official Oscar entries.

The 12th ManNorwayHarald Zwart
El AngelArgentinaAriel Vromen
Beauty and the DogsTunisiaKaouther Ben Hania
Becoming AstridSweden/
Pernille Fischer
Bliind SpotNorwayTuva Novotny
Birds of PassageColombiaCristina Gallego, Ciro
BorderSwedenAli Abbasi
Lee-Chang Dong
ButterfliesTurkeyTolga Karaçelik
The CakemakerIsraelOfir Raul Graizer
The Cake GeneralSwedenFilip Hammar, Fredrik
CapharnaümLebanonNadine Labaki
The CaptainGermanyRobert Schwentke
ChampionsSpainJavier Fesser
Cold WarPoland/
Pawel Pawlikowski
Cowboy’s HeartBrazilGui Pereira
Crystal SwanBelarusDarya Zhuk
DogmanItalyMatteo Garrone
DovlatovRussiaAleksey German
Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies StorySouth
Daryne Joshua
Erik & ErikaAustriaReinhold Bilgeri
EuthanizerFinlandTeemu Nikki
Everybody KnowsSpainAsghar Farhadi
The Fall of the American EmpireCanadaDenys Arcand
Family FirstCanadaSophie Dupuis
Happy as LazzaroItalyAlice Rohrwacher
GirlBelgiumLukas Dhont
The GoalkeeperBoliviaRodrigo Patino
The Great Buddah +TaiwanHsin-yao Huang
The Great Mystical CircusBrazilCarlos Diegues
The GuardiansFranceXavier Beauvois
The GuiltyDenmarkGustav Möller
HamletGeorgiaGiorgi Megrelishvili
Heaven Without PeopleLebanonLucien Bourjeily
The HeiressesParaguayMarcelo Martinessi
I Am Not a WitchUKRungano Nyoni
“I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History As Barbarians”RomaniaRadu Jude
In Harm’s WayChinaBille August
The JourneyIraqMohamed Al Daradji
Laugh or DieFinlandHeikki Kujanpää
Legend of the Demon CatChinaKaige Chen
The Lord EagleRussiaEduard Novikov
Love SoniaIndiaTabrez Noorani
The Man Who Surprised EveryoneRussiaAleksey Chupov, Natalya Merkulova
Memoir of WarFranceEmmanuel Finkiel
Million Loves in MeMalaysiaSampson Yuen
MuseoMexicoAlonso Ruizpalacios
Never Look AwayGermanyFlorian Henckel
von Donnersmarck
Night AccidentKyrgyzstanTemirbek Birnazarov
OctoberIndiaShoojit Sircar
OmnipresentBulgariaIlian Djevelekov
On My SkinItalyAlessio Cremonini
Operation Red SeaHong Kong/ChinaLin Chaoxian
PadmaavatIndiaSanjay Lella Bhansali
The Resistance BankerNetherlandsJoram Lürsen
The Road Not TakenChinaGaopeng Tang
ROMAMexicoAlfonso Cuarón
The RiverKazakhstanEmir Baigazin
ShadowChinaYimou Zhang
ShopliftersJapanHirokazu Koreeda
Signal RockPhilippinesChito S. Roño
SobiborRussiaKonstantin Khabenskiy
A Son of ManEcuadorJamaicanoproblem
Aleksandr Kott
SunsetHungaryLászló Nemes
Take It or Leave ItEstoniaLiina Trishkina
Tevye’s DaughtersUkraineVladimir Lert
TumbbadIndiaRahi Anil Barve
A Twelve-Year NightUruguayÁlvaro Brechner
Utøya – July 22NorwayErik Poppe
UnforgivenRussiaSarik Andreasyan
Unknown SolderFinlandAku Louhimies
Village RockstarsIndiaRima Das
VoidFinlandAleksi Salmenperä
We Are The HeatColumbiaJorge Navas
The Wild Pear TreeTurkeyNuri Bilge Ceylan
The Wedding RingNigerRahmatou Keïta
What Will People SayNorwayIram Haq
Woman at WarIcelandBenedikt Erlingsson
YomeddineEgyptAbu Bakr Shawky
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