Oscar foreign-language submissions bursting with flavor as deadline arrives

Monday brought the official deadline for submitting films to the Oscar foreign-language competition, and several selections were added to the diverse crop amid the final countdown.

While Cuba has decided to sit out the Oscar foreign-language competition, as Anna Maria de la Fuente reported for Variety, others pressed on. Here are the latest.

Afghanistan: “The
Patience Stone”
(Syngue sabour), Atiq Rahimi-directed film based on his novel about a woman who “starts a relationship with a young soldier while she is caring for
her comatose husband.”

Argentina: “Infancia clandestina” (Clandestine Childhood), “a youth love story set
during a military dictatorship” from director Benjamin Avila.

Armenia: “If Only Everyone,”  Natalia Belyauskene-directed film about the hopelessness of war.

China: “Caught in the Web,” a “contemporary social drama about online witchhunts” that represents director Chen Kaige’s fourth time representing mainland China. 

Greenland: “Inuk,” the story of a teeanger who meets up with a legendary polar bear hunter, directed by California-raised Mike Magidson.

Lithuania: “Ramin,” a 58-minute Audrius Stonys documentary about a 75-year-old
Georgian wrestler who “sets off on a journey to a remote Georgian village
to seek out the girl he loved and lost 50 years ago.”

South Africa: “Little One,” a film by Darrell Roodt telling the story of a woman who becomes enmeshed in the life of a young rape victim she rescues.

Uruguay: “La Demora” (The Delay), Rodrigo Pla’s family drama centered “on a harried woman with
three school-age kids and a senile father, whom she decides to abandon
on a park bench when she can’t cope anymore.”

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 Previously announced selections appear below:

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