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Oscar Foreign-Language Entries Start Piling Up

With just a month to go before the deadline, the Oscar foreign-language entries are starting to pile up, with nearly two dozen countries having sent in their films.

Among the earliest to name its entry was Hungary, which sent Cannes competition pic “Son of Saul,” directed by Laszlo Nemes.

Last year a record 83 countries submitted films, and the winner was Poland’s “Ida.” Two years ago, it was Paolo Sorrentino from Italy with “The Great Beauty.” The deadline to submit is Oct. 1. A committee will whittle that down to nine entries before the five nominated films are announced on Jan. 14. The Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 28 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and air live on ABC.

Here is a list of entries so far by country, including the directors:

Bosnia & Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Life,” Ines Tanovic
China, “Totem Pole,” Jean-Jacques Annaud
Croatia, “The High Sun,” Dalibor Matanic
Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli
Greece, “Xenia,” Panos Koutras
Guatemala, “Ixcanul Volcano,” Jayro Bustamante
Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Haro
Hungary, “Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes
Iraq, “Memories on Stone,” Shawkat Amin Korkiv
Japan, “100 Yen Love,” Masaharu Take
Kazakhstan, “Stranger,” Ermek Tursunov
Luxembourg, “Baby(a)lone,” Donato Rotunno
Norway, “The Wave,” Roar Uthaug
Palestine, “The Wanted 18,” Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali
Panama, “Box 25,” Mercedes Arias and Delfina Vidal
Paraguay, “Cloudy Times,” Arami Ullón
Romania, “Aferim!,” Radu Jude
South Korea, “The Throne,” Lee Joon-ik
Sweden, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson
Switzerland, “Iraqi Odyssey,” Samir
Venezuela, “Gone With the River,” Mario Crespo

(Pictured: Pawal Pawlikowski celebrating his Oscar.)

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