‘Ida,’ ‘Leviathan,’ ‘Force Majeure’ on Shortlist for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Foreign Language Oscar Race

Nine foreign-language feature films will advance to the next round of voting for the 87th Academy Awards, after 83 films were originally considered in the category.

Films that made the cut include talked-about entries like Poland’s “Ida,” Russia’s “Leviathan,” Sweden’s “Force Majeure” and Argentinian comedy “Wild Tales” as well as “Timbuktu,” the first-ever Oscar submission from the North African country of Mauritania. Six titles come from Europe and the former Soviet Republics, while two are from Latin America and one is from Africa.

Some notable works failed to make the cut,  reflecting the fact that this is a great year for foreign-language films. Not competing for Oscar this year are Palme d’Or winner “Winter Sleep,” from Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which also made many critics’ 10 best lists, and critically-acclaimed “Two Days, One Night” from Belgium’s Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Canada’s Xavier Dolan will apparently have to modify his stated goal of winning an Oscar by age 25, as his Cannes jury prizewinner “Mommy” was also left off the list.

Among other missing titles are Ethiopia’s “Difret,” Hungary’s “White God,” Israel’s “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem” and “Simshar,” the first-ever homegrown film from Malta.

The shortlist will be narrowed down to the category’s five nominees by invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. Five contenders will be announced, along with all other Oscar nominees, on Jan. 15.

The shortlisted films are:

“Wild Tales” (Argentina)

“Tangerines” (Estonia)

“Corn Island” (Georgia)

“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)

“Accused” (Netherlands)

“Ida” (Poland)

“Leviathan” (Russia)

“Force Majeure” (Sweden)

“The Liberator” (Venezuela)

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  1. juancarlos123 says:

    The Liberator is best :)

  2. Alright Angelo – I take that back, if I may – you’re right – “Timbuktu” does need to be acknowledged as well, as it’s certainly worthy and important and ‘cute’ is not the word to describe It – my appologises.

  3. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “IDA” is simply the most sentitive, creatively conceived drama of the year. The big problem here in the States, its virtually gone from theaters and very little advertising has been done to promote this precious gem.

  4. Loved “Ida” for all the obvious reasons, excellent script and acting; but “Timbuktu” is one of the most NECESSARY films for this or any time. It must be widely seen, and if an Oscar could even possibly help that to happen, then it must be part of the solution in these…our times.

  5. “Ida and Oscar get engaged” – who can stop their wedding bells now – surely no-one !?!

    • J.E. Vizzusi says:

      Yes, I would love to see “IDA” nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. The huge problem is the tiny markets this gem occupies. I screened it at a Major Festival and again when it came to a local Art House. If Nebraska could get 6 Oscar Nominations last year, most certainly IDA should fare well so please look closely at this truely fine drama.

  6. le pacte says:

    why do you choose to never put a photo from Timbuktu when publishing an article on foreign contender to the oscar???

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