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Directors of For Sama

Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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The 82nd Oscars, honoring films of 2009, are now history. 80% of the nominees in this particular category, however, waited until 2010 for its theatrical release. Sadly this is now the norm for the foreign language film, banking all of their marketing strategy on those difficult-to-snag Oscar nominations.

6 noms / 2nd win!

Juan José Campanella
Official Site

36 noms / 9 wins

Jacques Audiard
Official Site

16 noms / 3 wins

Michael Haneke
Official Site

9th nomination
(3rd consecutive)

Scander Copti & Yaron Shani
Official Site
1st nomination!

Claudia Losa
Official Site

Director Juan José Campanella and Argentinian movie star Ricardo Darin, who previously made the Oscar race with Son of the Bride (2001), reunite for this mystery thriller. Darin plays a detective who hopes to solve a 30 year old cold case in Buenos Aires.


Jacques Audiard is one of France's most exciting auteurs: Read My Lips and The Beat That My Heart Skipped and now this prison drama about in illiterate Arab (Tahar Rahim) in the French prison system? Wow

P.S. What was with Oscar and illiterate protagonists this year?


Master Michael Haneke once again confronts moviegoers with a puzzle without answers... or at least the answers aren't the point in this "children's story" about evil mysterious events in a small German village on the eve of World War I.


Ajami is the name of a violent neighborhood in Jaffa where Jews, Muslims and Christians all live. The film was made on location with a large cast of amateur actors improvising. It's intertwining stories are told with jumbled chronology (as is all the rage everywhere).


We first heard about this one when Tilda Swinton's Berlinale jury gave it their top prize. (It really was a rich year for female directors). This allegorical drama is about women suffering from a disease brought on my breastfeeding after years of rape and wartime abuse.

Sony Pictures Classics
Released in 2010
Sony Pictures Classics
Released in 2010
Sony Pictures Classics
Dec 2009 Release
Kino International
2010 Release
Released in 2010

Made the "finals" but were not selected
Australia (Samson & Delilah), Bulgaria (The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner), Kazakhstan (Kelin) and The Netherlands (Winter in Wartime)

Expected to be formidable contenders but they did not make the finalist list:
Norway (Max Manus) and Iran (About Elly)

Check out The Film Experience google map of this category --two pages

Brief Rules and Dates:
Oscar Submissions in this category are announced by each country individually, generally between the months of July and October.
Submission Release Rule -The submitted film must have played for a week in its home country (just like US releases but released between October 1st, 2007 and September 30th, 2008 instead of January 1st 2008 to December 31st 2008)
Deadline Entries due to AMPAS by October 1st, 2008
The list of 67 submissions will be pruned to 9 "finalists" after all have been screened by the committee. From those 9, five lucky nominees are chosen.
Oscar nominations announced in all categories February 2nd, 2009
Oscar Night
is Sunday, March 7th, 2009