The Oscar season is almost upon us, and the submissions list is in for the Best Foreign Language Film category, featuring a record 71 entries, including the first submission from Kenya.
Last year, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi came away with the top prize for his acclaimed film, A Separation, and the year before, it was Denmark’s Susanne Bier with her In a Better World.
This year, there are already a handful of strong contenders amongst the pack, most notably Michael Haneke’s Amour, for Austria, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes; Olivier Nakache’s and Éric Toledano’s The Intouchables, for France, which has been breaking records at the global box office; Pablo Larráin’s No, for Chile, which also came away from Cannes with an award in hand; Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta, for South Korea, which took four awards at Venice, including (controversially) the Golden Lion; and Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, for Denmark, which took home two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.
A handful of the films below will be screening at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, so be sure to come back to see our reviews. We’ll be posting our review of Haneke’s Amour (Love) later this week, and (spoiler alert) we have a lot of love for it.
We recently had the excellent news that Seth MacFarlane has been announced as the host for the ceremony next year, and we can’t wait to see what he’s like as the face of the Academy for the night. Smart money says it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll be covering the proceedings on the night next February, so be sure to stay up with us and enjoy it as it happens.
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on 10th January, with the ceremony itself broadcast on 24th February. For now, here’s the official press release, containing the full list of submissions.
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.