Oscars Attract Best Foreign-Language Film Submissions From a Record 83 Countries

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The list of Academy Award contenders from around the world ranges from Afghanistan's 'A Few Cubic Meters of Love' to Venezuela's 'The Liberator'

Films from a record 83 countries have been submitted for consideration for the best foreign-language film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The list of countries throwing their hat into the Oscar ring continues to grow. In 2012, there were 71 submissions, and last year 76 films were submitted.

The submissions include a number of films that claimed prizes at the Cannes Film Festival like this year's Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep, from Turkey; best screenplay winner, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, from Russia; and Jury Prize winner, Xavier Dolan's Mommy, from Canada.

The brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes saw Belgium submit their latest film Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard. Other films that have received exposure on the festival circuit include the French entry, Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, a biopic about the French designer Yves Saint LaurentPawel Pawlikowski's Polish drama Ida, about a nun-in-training who discovers a family secret; and Damian Szifron's Wild Tales, a comedy from Argentina. Mexico is represented by Sebastian del Amo's Cantinflas, a movie about the Mexican film star, which has attracted $6.3 million in U.S. theaters since it opened in the States in August.

Four countries submitted films for the first time. They are: Kosovo, which sent in Isa Qosja's Three Windows and a Hanging; Malta, which entered Rebecca Cremona's Simshar; Mauritania, which submitted Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu; and Panama, which put forward Abner Benaim's Invasion.

Countries from around the world were invited to submit one film each by Oct. 1. The films will now be screened for Academy committees, which will winnow the list down to a shortlist of nine films that will be announced in December. The five nominees, which will be drawn from that list, will be announced on Jan. 15, when the full list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards is revealed.

The complete list follows:

Afghanistan, "A Few Cubic Meters of Love," Jamshid Mahmoudi, director

Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damian Szifron, director

Australia, "Charlie's Country," Rolf de Heer, director


Austria, "The Dark Valley," Andreas Prochaska, director


Azerbaijan, "Nabat," Elchin Musaoglu, director 


Bangladesh, "Glow of the Firefly," Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director


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


Bolivia, "Forgotten," Carlos Bolado, director 


Bosnia and Herzegovina, "With Mom," Faruk Loncarevic, director


Brazil, "The Way He Looks," Daniel Ribeiro, director


Bulgaria, "Bulgarian Rhapsody," Ivan Nitchev, director


Canada, "Mommy," Xavier Dolan, director


Chile, "To Kill a Man," Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, director


China, "The Nightingale," Philippe Muyl, director 


Colombia, "Mateo," María Gamboa, director 


Costa Rica, "Red Princesses," Laura Astorga Carrera, director


Croatia, "Cowboys," Tomislav Mrsic, director


Cuba, "Conducta," Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director


Czech Republic, "Fair Play," Andrea Sedlackova, director


Denmark, "Sorrow and Joy," Nils Malmros, director


Dominican Republic, "Cristo Rey," Leticia Tonos, director


Ecuador, "Silence in Dreamland," Tito Molina, director 


Egypt, "Factory Girl," Mohamed Khan, director


Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director


Ethiopia, "Difret," Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director


Finland, "Concrete Night," Pirjo Honkasalo, director


France, "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello, director 


Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director 


Germany, "Beloved Sisters," Dominik Graf, director 


Greece, "Little England," Pantelis Voulgaris, director 


Hong Kong, "The Golden Era," Ann Hui, director


Hungary, "White God," Kornel Mundruczo, director


Iceland, "Life in a Fishbowl," Baldvin Zophoniasson, director


India, "Liar's Dice," Geetu Mohandas, director


Indonesia, "Soekarno," Hanung Bramantyo, director 


Iran, "Today," Reza Mirkarimi, director


Iraq, "Mardan," Batin Ghobadi, director 


Ireland, "The Gift," Tom Collins, director


Israel, "Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem," Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors


Italy, "Human Capital," Paolo Virzi, director


Japan, "The Light Shines Only There," Mipo O, director


Kosovo, "Three Windows and a Hanging," Isa Qosja, director


Kyrgyzstan, "Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains," Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director


Latvia, "Rocks in My Pockets," Signe Baumane, director


Lebanon, "Ghadi," Amin Dora, director


Lithuania, "The Gambler," Ignas Jonynas, director


Luxembourg, "Never Die Young," Pol Cruchten, director


Macedonia, "To the Hilt," Stole Popov, director


Malta, "Simshar," Rebecca Cremona, director


Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director


Mexico, "Cantinflas," Sebastian del Amo, director


Moldova, "The Unsaved," Igor Cobileanski, director


Montenegro, "The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street," Nikola Vukcevic, director


Morocco, "The Red Moon," Hassan Benjelloun, director


Nepal, "Jhola," Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director


Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director


New Zealand, "The Dead Lands," Toa Fraser, director


Norway, "1001 Grams," Bent Hamer, director


Pakistan, "Dukhtar," Afia Nathaniel, director


Palestine, "Eyes of a Thief," Najwa Najjar, director 


Panama, "Invasion," Abner Benaim, director


Peru, "The Gospel of the Flesh," Eduardo Mendoza, director 


Philippines, "Norte, the End of History," Lav Diaz, director


Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, director


Portugal, "What Now? Remind Me," Joaquim Pinto, director


Romania, "The Japanese Dog," Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director


Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director


Serbia, "See You in Montevideo," Dragan Bjelogrlic, director 


Singapore, "Sayang Disayang," Sanif Olek, director 


Slovakia, "A Step into the Dark," Miloslav Luther, director 


Slovenia, "Seduce Me," Marko Santicc, director


South Africa, "Elelwani," Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director


South Korea, "Haemoo," Shim Sung-bo, director 


Spain, "Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed," David Trueba, director


Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Ostlund, director 


Switzerland, "The Circle," Stefan Haupt, director 


Taiwan, "Ice Poison," Midi Z, director


Thailand, "The Teacher’s Diary," Nithiwat Tharathorn, director


Turkey, "Winter Sleep," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director


Ukraine, "The Guide," Oles Sanin, director


United Kingdom, "Little Happiness," Nihat Seven, director


Uruguay, "Mr. Kaplan," Alvaro Brechner, director


Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director


Oct. 11, 9:04 a.m. Updated with the title of Malta's selection.