Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Record Number Vie for 2012 Foreign Language Oscar®

A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Motion Picture category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 2012 submissions, with director(s) are:

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

*Mimi follows.

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 on Wilshire Boulevard.

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.

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