Foreign-language Oscar entries unveiled

Record number of countries submit films this year

The race for the 2009 best foreign-language film Oscar is the most crowded one yet, with a record 67 countries submitting a film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS president Sid Ganis revealed the complete list of entries Friday. Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The complete list of foreign-language submissions follows. For more details on some of the films in contention, visit THR.com/foreignoscars.

Afghanistan, "Opium War," Siddiq Barmak

Albania, "The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider," Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani

Algeria, "Masquerades," Lyes Salem

Argentina, "Lion's Den," Pablo Trapero

Austria, "Revanche," Gotz Spielmann

Azerbaijan, "Fortress," Shamil Nacafzada

Bangladesh, "Aha!," Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Belgium, "Eldorado," Bouli Lanners

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Snow," Aida Begic

Brazil, "Last Stop 174," Bruno Barreto

Bulgaria, "Zift," Javor Gardev

Canada, "The Necessities of Life," Benoit Pilon

Chile, "Tony Manero," Pablo Larrain

China, "Dream Weavers," Jun Gu

Colombia, "Dog Eat Dog," Carlos Moreno

Croatia, "No One's Son," Arsen Anton Ostojic

Czech Republic, "The Karamazovs," Petr Zelenka

Denmark, "Worlds Apart," Niels Arden Oplev

Egypt, "The Island," Sherif Arafa

Estonia, "I Was Here," Rene Vilbre

Finland, "The Home of Dark Butterflies," Dome Karukoski

France, "The Class," Laurent Cantet

Georgia, "Mediator," Dito Tsintsadze

Germany, "The Baader Meinhof Complex," Uli Edel

Greece, "Correction," Thanos Anastopoulos

Hong Kong, "Painted Skin," Gordon Chan

Hungary, "Iska's Journey," Csaba Bollok

Iceland, "White Night Wedding," Baltasar Kormakur

India, "Taare Zameen Par," Aamir Khan

Iran, "The Song of Sparrows," Majid Majidi

Israel, "Waltz With Bashir," Ari Folman

Italy, "Gomorra," Matteo Garrone

Japan, "Departures," Yojiro Takita

Jordan, "Captain Abu Raed," Amin Matalqa

Kazakhstan, "Tulpan," Sergey Dvortsevoy

Kyrgyzstan, "Blue Heavens," Marie Jaoul de Poncheville

Latvia, "Defenders of Riga," Aigars Grauba

Lebanon, "Under the Bombs," Philippe Aractingi

Lithuania, "Loss," Maris Martinsons

Luxembourg, "Nuits d'Arabie," Paul Kieffer

Macedonia, "I'm From Titov Veles," Teona Strugar Mitevska

Mexico, "Tear This Heart Out," Roberto Sneider

Morocco, "Goodbye Mothers," Mohamed Ismail

The Netherlands, "Dunya & Desie," Dana Nechushtan

Norway, "O'Horten," Bent Hamer

Palestine, "Salt of This Sea" Annemarie Jacir

Philippines, "Ploning," Dante Nico Garcia

Poland, "Tricks," Andrzej Jakimowski

Portugal, "Our Beloved Month of August," Miguel Gomes

Romania, "The Rest Is Silence," Nae Caranfil

Russia, "Mermaid," Anna Melikyan

Serbia, "The Tour," Goran Markovic

Singapore, "My Magic," Eric Khoo

Slovakia, "Blind Loves," Juraj Lehotsky

Slovenia, "Rooster's Breakfast," Marko Nabersnik

South Africa, "Jerusalema," Ralph Ziman, director

South Korea, "Crossing," Tae-kyun Kim

Spain, "The Blind Sunflowers," Jose Luis Cuerda

Sweden, "Everlasting Moments," Jan Troell

Switzerland, "The Friend," Micha Lewinsky

Taiwan, "Cape No. 7," Te-Sheng Wei

Thailand, "Love of Siam," Chookiat Sakveerakul

Turkey, "3 Monkeys," Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Ukraine, "Illusion of Fear," Aleksandr Kiriyenko

U.K., "Hope Eternal," Karl Francis

Uruguay, "Kill Them All," Esteban Schroeder

Venezuela, "The Color of Fame," Alejandro Bellame Palacios
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