Wed. Oct 16th, 2019

The Race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

Asghar Farhadi, director of the Iran submission A Separation, which won the Foreign Language Film Oscar for 2011

In the race for the Foreign Language Film Oscar the countries and films submitted look to break records, barriers and history. Major players like Chile’s award-winning Gloria, Italy’s The Great Beauty and France’s surprise pick Renoir are definitely in the conversation. But the announcement that Saudi Arabia would have its first submission ever has really captured the spotlight. In a country where films aren’t even allowed to be shown, Wadjda is the story of a girl who simply wants to ride a bike (it is illegal for a female to do so in Saudi Arabia). That a woman also directs the film will make this seemingly undeniable for even the pickiest and most nefarious foreign language film committee voter.

AwardsWatch will run a constantly updated list of the films submitted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar and provide commentary as the choices are finalized. Below is the list of currently submitted films and trailers for some of the films. Films with a * next to their country name are films we’re keeping an eye in the race. Join the conversation here in the forums.

  • AUSTRALIA – The Rocket
  • AUSTRIA – The Wall
  • BANGLADESH – Television
  • *BELGIUM – The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • BRAZIL – Neighbouring Sounds
  • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – An Episode in the Life on an Iron Picker
  • BULGARIA – The Colour of the Chameleon
  • CANADA – Gabrielle
  • CHILE – Gloria
  • CROATIA – Halima’s Path
  • CZECH REPUBLIC – Burning Bush
  • *DENMARK – The Hunt
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Who’s the Boss?
  • FINLAND – Disciple
  • FRANCE – Renoir
  • GEORGIA – In Bloom
  • *GERMANY – Two Lives
  • GREECE – Boy Eating the Bird’s Food
  • HONG KONG – The Grandmaster
  • *HUNGARY – The Notebook
  • ICELAND – Of Horses and Men
  • INDIA – The Good Road
  • *ITALY – The Great Beauty
  • JAPAN – The Great Passage
  • LATVIA – Mother I Love You
  • LEBANON – Ghadi
  • LUXEMBOURG – Blind Spot
  • MEXICO – Heli
  • MONTENEGRO – Bad Destiny
  • MOROCCO – God’s Horses
  • NEPAL – Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
  • NETHERLANDS – Borgman
  • NEW ZEALAND – White Lies
  • NORWAY – I Am Yours
  • PAKISTAN – Zinda Bhaag
  • PHILIPPINES – Transit
  • PORTUGAL – Lines of Wellington
  • *ROMANIA – Child’s Pose
  • RUSSIA – The Good Road
  • *SAUDI ARABIA – Wajdja
  • SERBIA – Circles
  • SINGAPORE – Ilo Ilo
  • SLOVAKIA – My Dog Killer
  • SLOVENIA – Class Enemy
  • SOUTH AFRICA – Four Corners
  • SOUTH KOREA – Juvenile Offender
  • SWEDEN – Eat Sleep Die
  • SWITZERLAND – More than Honey
  • TAIWAN – Soul
  • *TURKEY – The Butterfly’s Dream
  • UKRAINE – Paradjanov
  • UNITED KINGDOM – Metro Manila
  • VENEZUELA – Breach in the Silence

 

 

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