War, children among dominant themes in Oscar foreign-languge entries

From today’s story on the record 71 entrants in the Oscar foreign-language race:

… Some distinct themes have emerged among the submissions, not the
least of which is war and its domino effect. Working in this territory
are Afghanistan’s “The Patience Stone,” Algeria’s “Zabana!” Argentina’s
“Clandestine Childhood”, Armenia’s “If Only Everyone,” Australia’s
“Lore”
(above), Bosnia and Herzegovina’s “Children of Sarajevo,” Canada’s “War
Witch,” Kazakhstan’s “Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe,” Ukraine’s
“Firecrosser” and Vietnam’s “The Scent of Burning Grass.”

Children are also central figures in several of the stories, such
as Azerbaijan’s “Buta,” Bangladesh’s “Pleasure Boy Komola,” Belgium’s
“Our Children,” Bulgaria’s “Sneakers,” Greenland’s “Inuk,” Mexico’s
“After Lucia,” the Netherlands’ “Kauwboy,” Palestine’s “When I Saw You,”
Peru’s “The Bad Intentions,” Slovakia’s “Made in Ash,” Switzerland’s
“Sister,” Uruguay’s “The Delay” and Venezuela’s “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

The last reported entries — Kyrgyzstan (“The Empty Home,” Nurbek Egen), Malaysia (“Bunohan,” Dain
Iskandar Said) and Singapore (“Already Famous,” Michelle Chong) — helped boost the grand total to an unprecedented level, even with defending champ Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Ireland, Lebanon and New Zealand sitting things out.

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