Academy unveils 63 foreign Oscar entries

84th Academy Awards to be held Feb. 26

Some 63 countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the foreign language film category for the 84th Academy Awards, which will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

As previously reported by Variety, helmer Tusi Tamasese’s Samoan-lingo “The Orator” reps New Zealand.

Puerto Rico’s “America,” helmed by Sonia Fritz, was nixed by the Academy, which changed its rules to exclude U.S. protectorates.

The Dominican Republic was first disqualified because it didn’t send in the names of its selection committee before August deadline, but the Acad allowed “La hija natural” (Love Child) after an appeal.

Albania was allowed to submit “Amnesty,” after U.S.-born helmer Joshua Marston’s “The Forgiveness of Blood” was disqualified because it wasn’t Albanian enough.

Slovenia’s “Silent Sonata,” by helmer Janez Burger, was also nixed, possibly because it’s silent.

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Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Iraq, Latvia Luxembourg and Ukraine, who all competed in previous years, opted not to send in entrants before the Oct. 3 deadline.

And the films are:

Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani

Argentina, “Aballay, el hombre sin miedo” (Aballay, the Man Without Fear), Fernando Spiner

Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics

Belgium, “Rundskop (Bullhead), Michael R. Roskam

Bosnia & Herzogovinia, “Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic

Brazil, “Elite Squad 2,” Jose Padilha.

Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov

Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau

Chile, “Violeta,” Andres Wood

China, “Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou

Colombia, “Los colores de la montana” (Colors of the Mountain), Carlos Cesar Arbelaez

Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija

Cuba, “Habanastation,” Ian Padron

Czech Republic, “Alois Nebel,” Thomas Lunak

Denmark, “Superclasico,” Ole Christian Madsen,

Dominican Republic, “La hija natural” (Love Child), Leticia Tonos

Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled El Hagar

Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus

Finland, “Le Havre,” Aki Kaurismaki

France, “Declaration of War,” Valerie Donzelli

Georgia, “Chantrapas,” Otar Iosseliani

Germany, “Pina,” Wim Wenders

Greece, “Attenberg,” Athina Rachel Tsangari

Hong Kong, “A Simple Life,” Anna Hui

Hungary, “The Turin Horse,” Bela Tarr

Iceland, “Volcano,” Runar Runarsson

India, “Adaminte makan Abu” (Abu, Son of Adam) Salim Ahamed

Indonesia, “Under the Protection of Ka’Bah,” Hanny R. Saputra

Iran, “Nader and Simin, A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi

Ireland, “As If I Am Not There,” Juanita Wilson

Israel, “Footnote” (Ha’erat shulayim), Joseph Cedar

Italy, “Terraferma” Emanuele Crialese

Japan, “Post Card,” Kaneto Shindo

Kazakhstan, “Returning to the ‘A,'” Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky

Lebanon, “Where Do We Go Now?” Nadine Labaki

Lithuania, “Back in Your Arms” Kristijonas Vildziunas

Macedonia “Punk’s Not Dead,” Vladimir Blazevsky

Mexico, “Miss Bala,” Gerardo Naranjo’s

Morocco, “Omar Killed Me” (Omar m’a tuer), Roschdy Zem

Netherlands, “Sonny Boy,” Maria Peters

New Zealand, “The Orator,” (in Samoan!) Tusi Tamasese

Norway, “Happy, Happy,” Anne Sewitsky

Peru, “October,” Daniel and Diego Vega

Philippines, “The Woman in the Septic Tank,” Marlon Rivera

Poland, “In Darkness,” Agnieska Holland

Portugal, “Jose and Pilar” Miguel Goncalves Mendes

Romania, “Morgen,” Marian Crisan

Russia, “Burnt by the Sun: The Citadel,” Nikita Mikhalkov

Serbia, “Montevideo — Taste of a Dream,” Dragan Bjelogrlic,

Singapore “Tatsumi,” Eric Khoo

Slovakia, “Gypsy,” Martin Sulik

South Africa, “Skoonheid” (Beauty), Oliver Hermanus

South Korea, “The Frontline,” Jang Hun

Spain, “Black Bread” Agusti Villaronga

Sweden, “Beyond,” Pernilla August

Switzerland. “Giochi d’Estate” (Summer Games) Rolando Colla

Taiwan, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq bale,” Wei Te-sheng

Thailand, “Kon Khon,” Sarunyu Wongkrachang

Turkey, “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan

U.K., “Patagonia,” Marc Evans

Venezuela, “El rumor de las piedras” (The Rumble of the Stones), Alejandro Bellame

Vietnam, “Thang Long Aspiration,” Lu’u Trong Ninh

Uruguay, “La casa muda,” (The Silent House), Gustavo Hernandez

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