Oscars: Here Are the 83 Foreign-Language Movies Vying for a Nomination

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Belgium's entry 'Two Days, One Night'

There are a few lighthearted flicks (like Argentina’s 'Wild Tales,' produced by Pedro Almodovar), but grim reality (as in 'Leviathan,' Russia’s tale of small-town corruption) prevails among the hopefuls

This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Everyone in the world wants a piece of Oscar. This year, a record 83 countries, up from 76 in 2013, have submitted entries in the hope of eventually being invited to the festivities at the Dolby Theatre. The Academy's foreign-language screening committees now are in the process of evaluating all the hopefuls, which will be whittled down to a short list of nine films to be announced in mid-December.

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The lineup includes a few films that have played U.S. art houses, including Poland's Ida (the story of a nun-in-training who discovers secrets about her family's past), which picked up a tidy $3.7 million. There also are festival winners like Turkey's Winter Sleep, a tale of the clash between rich and poor in a small town, which collected the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes. And there are returning countries like Cuba, which sat out the race for the past two years but has come back this time with Conducta. Meanwhile, Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama all have submitted their first entries ever, hoping for some beginner's luck.

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NORTH AMERICA

CANADA
Mommy
Xavier Dolan, director


CENTRAL AMERICA

COSTA RICA
Red Princesses
Laura Astorga Carrera, director
An autobiographical tale from the daughter of Sandinista revolutionaries.

CUBA
Conducta
Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Cristo Rey
Leticia Tonos, director

MEXICO
Cantinflas
Sebastian del Amo, director

PANAMA
Invasion
Abner Benaim, director


SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Wild Tales
Damian Szifron, director

BOLIVIA
Forgotten
Carlos Bolado, director

BRAZIL
The Way He Looks
Daniel Ribeiro, director
A hit at LGBT film fests, it follows a blind teenage boy's coming of age.

CHILE
To Kill a Man
Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, director

COLOMBIA
Mateo
Maria Gamboa, director

ECUADOR
Silence in Dreamland
Tito Molina, director

PERU
The Gospel of the Flesh
Eduardo Mendoza de Echave, director

URUGUAY
Mr. Kaplan
Alvaro Brechner, director

VENEZUELA
The Liberator
Alberto Arvelo and Bertrand Bonello, directors
L.A. Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel scored this film.


EUROPE

AUSTRIA
The Dark Valley
Andreas Prochaska, director

BELGIUM
Two Days, One Night
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors

DENMARK
Sorrow and Joy
Nils Malmros, director

ESTONIA
Tangerines
Zaza Urushadze, director

FINLAND
Concrete Night
Pirjo Honkasalo, director

FRANCE
Saint Laurent
Bertrand Bonello, director
This biopic borrowed dozens of vintage designs from a private collection.

GERMANY
Beloved Sisters
Dominik Graf, director

GREECE
Little England
Pantelis Voulgaris, director

ICELAND
Life in a Fishbowl
Baldvin Zophoniasson, director

IRELAND
The Gift
Tom Collins, director

ITALY
Human Capital
Paolo Virzi, director

LUXEMBOURG
Never Die Young
Pol Cruchten, director

MALTA
Simshar
Rebecca Cremona, director

NETHERLANDS
Accused
Paula van der Oest, director

NORWAY
1001 Grams
Bent Hamer, director

PORTUGAL
What Now? Remind Me
Joaquim Pinto, director

SLOVAKIA
A Step Into the Dark
Miloslav Luther, director

SLOVENIA
Seduce Me
Marko Santic, director

SPAIN
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
David Trueba, director

SWEDEN
Force Majeure
Ruben Ostlund, director

SWITZERLAND
The Circle
Stefan Haupt, director

UNITED KINGDOM
Little Happiness
Nihat Seven, director
The U.K. entry actually is a Turkish-language co-production about an honor killing.


EASTERN EUROPE/RUSSIA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
With Mom
Faruk Loncarevic, director

BULGARIA
Bulgarian Rhapsody
Ivan Nitchev, director

CROATIA
Cowboys
Tomislav Mrsic, director

CZECH REPUBLIC
Fair Play
Andrea Sedlackova, director

GEORGIA
Corn Island
George Ovashvili, director

HUNGARY
White God
Kornel Mundruczo, director

KOSOVO
Three Windows and a Hanging
Isa Qosja, director

LATVIA
Rocks in My Pockets
Signe Baumane, director

LITHUANIA
The Gambler
Ignas Jonynas, director

MACEDONIA
To the Hilt
Stole Popov, director

MOLDOVA
The Unsaved
Igor Cobileanski, director

MONTENEGRO
The Kids From the Marx and Engels Street
Nikola Vukcevic, director

POLAND
Ida
Pawel Pawlikowski, director

ROMANIA
The Japanese Dog
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director

RUSSIA
Leviathan
Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

SERBIA
See You in Montevideo
Dragan Bjelogrlic, director

UKRAINE
The Guide
Oles Sanin, director


ASIA

AZERBAIJAN
Nabat
Elchin Musaoglu, director

BANGLADESH
Glow of the Firefly
Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director

CHINA
The Nightingale
Philippe Muyl, director
The tale of an old man and young girl on aroad trip, it's a Chinese-French co-production with a Chinese co-writer and a French director.

HONG KONG
The Golden Era
Ann Hui, director

INDIA
Liar's Dice
Geetu Mohandas, director

INDONESIA
Soekarno
Hanung Bramantyo, director

JAPAN
The Light Shines Only There
Mipo Oh, director

NEPAL
Jhola
Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director

PAKISTAN
Dukhtar
Afia Nathaniel, director

PHILIPPINES
Norte, the End of History
Lav Diaz, director

SINGAPORE
Sayang Disayang
Sanif Olek, director

SOUTH KOREA
Haemoo
Shim Sung-bo, director

TAIWAN
Ice Poison
Midi Z, director

THAILAND
The Teacher's Diary
Nithiwat Tharathorn, director


MIDDLE EAST

AFGHANISTAN
A Few Cubic Meters of Love
Jamshid Mahmoudi, director

IRAN
Today
Reza Mirkarimi, director

IRAQ
Mardan
Batin Ghobadi, director

ISRAEL
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors
Directed by two sisters, it has become part of the debate about its country's divorce laws.

KYRGYZSTAN
Queen of the Mountains
Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director

LEBANON
Ghadi
Amin Dora, director

PALESTINE
Eyes of a Thief
Najwa Najjar, director

TURKEY
Winter Sleep
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director
 

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA
Charlie's Country
Rolf de Heer, director

NEW ZEALAND
The Dead Lands
Toa Fraser, director
 

AFRICA

EGYPT
Factory Girl
Mohamed Khan, director

ETHIOPIA
Difret
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director
Angelina Jolie executive produced this Sundance award winner about a kidnapped 14-year-old girl.

MAURITANIA
Timbuktu
Abderrahmane Sissako, director

MOROCCO
The Red Moon
Hassan Benjelloun, director

SOUTH AFRICA
Elelwani
Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director

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