19 countries enter in Acad foreign-lingo bingo
Twenty-five countries have tossed their hat in the ring for the foreign-language Oscar race thus far.
Austria is back after taking home a statue at the 2012 Oscars for “Amour,” though the three countries to score a victory in the years prior (Iran, Denmark and Argentina) have yet to make submissions.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 1, and the Academy can expect to see submissions continue to trickle in until then. Frequent contender France is still absent from the pack, though don’t expect to see the buzzy Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color” on the ballot — its October release date in Gaul renders it ineligible for competition.
And while they aren’t officially in the race just yet, a Pakistan committee has formed to make a submission for the first time in 50 years. Montenegro’s “Bad Destiny,” which earned a special jury prize at Sundance, marks the country’s first-ever submission to the foreign-lingo category.
The Academy will announce a full list of eligible submissions for the 86th Academy Awards in October. Nine finalists will be shortlisted in January, and the final five noms will be announced on Jan. 16. Last year a record 71 countries submitted entries.
Here’s a list of the announced submissions thus far:
- Australia: “The Rocket,” directed by Kim Mordaunt
- Austria: “The Wall,” directed by Julian Polsler
- Bulgaria: “The Colour of the Chameleon,” directed by Emil Hristov
- Chile: “Gloria,” directed by Sebastian Leilo
- Dominican Republic: “Who’s the Boss?,” directed by Ronni Castillo
- Finland: “Disciple,” directed by Ulrika Bengts
- Georgia: “In Bloom,” directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross
- Germany: “Two Lives,” directed by Georg Maas
- Greece: “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,” directed by Ektoras Lygizos
- Hungary: “The Notebook,” directed by Janosz Szasz
- Japan: “The Great Passage,” directed by Ishii Yuya
- Luxembourg: “Blind Spot,” directed by Christophe Wagner
- Mexico: “Heli“, directed by Amat Escalante
- Montenegro: “Bad Destiny,” directed by Draska Djurovic
- Nepal: “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” directed by Subarna Thapa
- New Zealand: “White Lies,” directed by Dana Rotberg
- Romania: “Child’s Pose,” directed by Calin Peter Netzer
- Saudi Arabia: “Wadjda,” directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
- Serbia: “Circles,” directed by Srdan Golubovic
- Singapore: “Ilo Ilo,” directed by Anthony Chen
- South Korea: “Juvenile Offender,” directed by Kang Yi-kwan
- Sweden: “Eat Sleep Die,” directed by Gabriela Pichler
- Turkey: “The Butterfly’s Dream,” directed by Yilmaz Erdogan
- United Kingdom: “Metro Manila,” directed by Sean Ellis
- Venezuela: “Breach in the Silence,” directed by Luis Rodríguez and Andrés Rodríguez