O’seas pix set Oscar record

Contenders include 'Child,' 'Tsotsi,' 'Be With Me'

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Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq are the new entrants among the record 58 countries that have submitted films for consideration in the Oscars’ foreign-language film category.

Contenders include this year’s Palme d’Or winner “The Child,” from Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; South African fest fave “Tsotsi,” helmed by Gavin Hood; Eric Khoo’s “Be With Me” from Singapore; “Requiem of Snow” from Iraq, directed by Jamil Rostami; and from Fiji, Vilsoni Hereniko’s “The Land Has Eyes.”

Nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 31, with the awards presented March 5 at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland.

The 2005 submissions are:

Argentina, “El Aura,” Fabian Bielinsky
Bangladesh, “Shyamol Chaya,” Humayun Ahmed
Belgium, “The Child,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors
Bolivia, “Say Good Morning to Dad,” Fernando Vargas  
Bosnia & Herzegovina, “Totally Personal,” Nedzad Begovic
Brazil, “Two Sons of Francisco,” Breno Silveira
Bulgaria, “Stolen Eyes,” Radoslav Spassov
Canada, “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” Jean-Marc Vallee
Chile, “Play,” Alicia Scherson
China, “The Promise,” Chen Kaige
Colombia, “La Sombra del Caminante,” Ciro Guerra
Costa Rica, “Caribe,” Esteban Ramirez
Croatia, “A Wonderful Night in Split,” Arsen Anton Ostojiæ
Cuba, “Viva Cuba,” Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
Czech Republic, “Something Like Happiness,” Bohdan Sláma
Denmark, “Adam’s Apples,” Anders Thomas Jensen
Estonia, “Shop of Dreams,” Peeter Urbla
Fiji, “The Land Has Eyes,” Vilsoni Hereniko
Finland, “Mother of Mine,” Klaus Härö
France, “Joyeux Noel,” Christian Carion
Georgia, “Tbilisi-Tbilisi,” Levan Zakareishvili
Germany, “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days,” Marc Rothemund
Hong Kong, “Perhaps Love,” Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Hungary, “Fateless,” Lajos Koltai
Iceland, “Ahead of Time,” Ágúst Gudmundsson
India, “Paheli,” Amol Palekar
Indonesia, “Gie,” Riri Riza
Iran, “So Close, So Far,” Reza Mir Karimi
Iraq, “Requiem of Snow,” Jamil Rostami
Israel, “What a Wonderful Place,” Eyal Halfon
Italy, “La Bestia Nel Cuore,” Cristina Comencini
Japan, “Blood and Bones,” Yoichi Sai
Korea, “Welcome to Dongmakgol,” Kwang-hyun Park
Luxembourg, “Renart the Fox,” Thierry Schiel
Mexico, “Al Otro Lado,” Gustavo Loza
Mongolia, “The Cave of the Yellow Dog,” Byambasuren Davaa
The Netherlands, “Bluebird,” Mijke de Jong
Norway, “Kissed by Winter,” Sara Johnsen
Palestine, “Paradise Now,” Hany Abu-Assad
Peru, “Días de Santiago,” Josué Méndez
Poland, “The Collector,” Feliks Falk
Portugal, “Noite Escura,” João Canijo
Puerto Rico, “Cayo,” Vicente Juarbe
Romania, “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” Cristi Puiu
Russia, “The Italian,” Andrei Kravchuk
Serbia & Montenegro, “Midwinter Night’s Dream,” Goran Paskaljevic
Singapore, “Be with Me,” Eric Khoo
Slovak Republic, “The City of the Sun,” Martin Sulik
Slovenia, “The Ruins,” Janez Burger
South Africa, “Tsotsi,” Gavin Hood
Spain, “Obaba,” Montxo Armendariz
Sweden, “Zozo,” Josef Fares
Switzerland, “Tout un Hiver sans Feu,” Greg Zglinski
Taiwan, “The Wayward Cloud,” Tsai Ming-liang
Tajikistan, “Sex & Philosophy,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Thailand, “The Tin Mine,” Jira Maligool
Turkey, “Lovelorn,” Yavuz Turgul
Vietnam, “Buffalo Boy,” Nguyen Vo Nghiem Mihn

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