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Record 71 Countires Competing for the Foregin Language Film Oscar

— Posted by Kenny Miles

 

The Academy announced on Monday the eligible movies selected to compete for the Foreign Language Oscar and as our American film going experience becomes more globalized, this is becoming a more relevant category. For those unfamiliar with the process take note that every country is allowed to include what they think is their best film to the Academy. Each country’s official submission must be completed by an organization, or a committee composed of people from the film industry and even the members’ names are sent to the Academy for verification with only one film is accepted from each country. All Academy members are only eligible to vote for this award if they attend a screening of all five nominated films. (How I wish this rule applied to ALL Oscar categories!). The Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to any one individual and while the winning film’s director does accept the award on the night of the telecast,  it is usually considered an award for the country which submitted the film. This is the first year Kenya made the list.

 

Here is the press release of regarding the submitted films:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.


The 2012 submissions are:
    Afghanistan, “The Patience Stone,” Atiq Rahimi, director;
    Albania, “Pharmakon,” Joni Shanaj, director;
    Algeria, “Zabana!” Said Ould Khelifa, director;
    Argentina, “Clandestine Childhood,” Benjamín Ávila, director;
    Armenia, “If Only Everyone,” Natalia Belyauskene, director;
    Australia, “Lore,” Cate Shortland, director;
    Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director;
    Azerbaijan, “Buta,” Ilgar Najaf, director;
    Bangladesh, “Pleasure Boy Komola,” Humayun Ahmed, director;
    Belgium, “Our Children,” Joachim Lafosse, director;
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Children of Sarajevo,” Aida Begic, director;
    Brazil, “The Clown,” Selton Mello, director;
    Bulgaria, “Sneakers,” Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, directors;
    Cambodia, “Lost Loves,” Chhay Bora, director;
    Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director;
    Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director;
    China, “Caught in the Web,” Chen Kaige, director;
    Colombia, “The Snitch Cartel,” Carlos Moreno, director;
    Croatia, “Vegetarian Cannibal,” Branko Schmidt, director;
    Czech Republic, “In the Shadow,” David Ondrícek, director;
    Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director;
    Dominican Republic, “Jaque Mate,” José María Cabral, director;
    Estonia, “Mushrooming,” Toomas Hussar, director;
    Finland, “Purge,” Antti J. Jokinen, director;
    France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
    Georgia, “Keep Smiling,” Rusudan Chkonia, director;
    Germany, “Barbara,” Christian Petzold, director;
    Greece, “Unfair World,” Filippos Tsitos, director;
    Greenland, “Inuk,” Mike Magidson, director;
    Hong Kong, “Life without Principle,” Johnnie To, director;
    Hungary, “Just the Wind,” Bence Fliegauf, director;
    Iceland, “The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director;
    India, “Barfi!” Anurag Basu, director;
    Indonesia, “The Dancer,” Ifa Isfansyah, director;
    Israel, “Fill the Void,” Rama Burshtein, director;
    Italy, “Caesar Must Die,” Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, directors;
    Japan, “Our Homeland,” Yang Yonghi, director;
    Kazakhstan, “Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe,” Akan Satayev, director;
    Kenya, “Nairobi Half Life,” David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga, director;
    Kyrgyzstan, “The Empty Home,” Nurbek Egen, director;
    Latvia, “Gulf Stream under the Iceberg,” Yevgeny Pashkevich, director;
    Lithuania, “Ramin,” Audrius Stonys, director;
    Macedonia, “The Third Half,” Darko Mitrevski, director;
    Malaysia, “Bunohan,” Dain Iskandar Said, director;
    Mexico, “After Lucia,” Michel Franco, director;
    Morocco, “Death for Sale,” Faouzi Bensaïdi, director;
    Netherlands, “Kauwboy,” Boudewijn Koole, director;
    Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
    Palestine, “When I Saw You,” Annemarie Jacir, director;
    Peru, “The Bad Intentions,” Rosario García-Montero, director;
    Philippines, “Bwakaw,” Jun Robles Lana, director;
    Poland, “80 Million,” Waldemar Krzystek, director;
    Portugal, “Blood of My Blood,” João Canijo, director;
    Romania, “Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director;
    Russia, “White Tiger,” Karen Shakhnazarov, director;
    Serbia, “When Day Breaks,” Goran Paskaljevic, director;
    Singapore, “Already Famous,” Michelle Chong, director;
    Slovak Republic, “Made in Ash,” Iveta Grófová, director;
    Slovenia, “A Trip,” Nejc Gazvoda, director;
    South Africa, “Little One,” Darrell James Roodt, director;
    South Korea, “Pieta,” Kim Ki-duk, director;
    Spain, “Blancanieves,” Pablo Berger, director;
    Sweden, “The Hypnotist,” Lasse Hallström, director;
    Switzerland, “Sister,” Ursula Meier, director;
    Taiwan, “Touch of the Light,” Chang Jung-Chi, director;
    Thailand, “Headshot,” Pen-ek Ratanaruang, director;
    Turkey, “Where the Fire Burns,” Ismail Gunes, director;
    Ukraine, “The Firecrosser,” Mykhailo Illienko, director;
    Uruguay, “The Delay,” Rodrigo Plá, director;
    Venezuela, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Hernán Jabes, director;
    Vietnam, “The Scent of Burning Grass,” Nguyen Huu Muoi, director.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

 

I have already seen a few of the movies on this list and will see even more at the Denver Film Festival in November. (This is why its important to support your local film festival!) With regards to other festival circuit, I have heard “Amour,” “Barbara,” and “Sister” played very well to the audiences but I have a hunch that “The Intouchables” is almost a guaranteed lock to win this award. Between grossing over $350 million globally, strong audience raves, and Harvey Weinstein lobbying for it, I currently see “The Intouchables” as ‘frontrunner’ status to win the Oscar. Though a strong possibility to pull a serious upset is Sony Pictures Classic’s “Amour.” Time will tell with the Academy who tend to be a fickle bunch with this category. This a category most Oscar pundits keep under the radar and can assist movie fans in winning their Oscar pools!

 

 

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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.

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