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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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PART 1 - AFGHANISTAN TO ESTONIA 
Ethiopia to The Netherlands - 8 Official Submissions Thus Far
New Zealand to Vietnam - 8 Official Submissions Thus Far

 

Afghanistan
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Synopsis

Albania
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Synopsis

Algeria
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Synopsis

Argentina
6 noms | 2 wins
TITLE
Director

Watch news coming out of Venice and TIFF to see if they are likely to pick The Clan

Armenia
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Synopsis

 

Australia
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Since Oscar changed its rules about indigenous languages (they're no longer required so long as it's not English), Australia has been able to be more active with films about immigrants. It's unclear if there's a solid contender this year as of this writing.

Austria
4 noms | 2 wins
GOODNIGHT MOMMY
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
Official Site

99 minutes
German 

Radius-TWC
Opens Sept 11th in US

A horror movie about twins whose mother returns after reconstructive surgery. But is it more than her face that's changed?

Austria has started the current century strong with two Oscars already for  Counterfeiters (2007) and Amour (2012)

Not Selected:
Amour Fou 

Azerbaijan
never nominated
TITLE
Director

They could send Black January which takes place in the 1990s and is about events that led to their independence so it's got the historical pride factor. Down the River, about a coach and his son, is another possibility

Bangladesh
never nominated
TITLE
Director

It's rare to hear of Bangladeshi films even at festivals so it's always a mystery as to what they might send. When will their industry get a breakout film? 

Belgium
7 noms | 0 wins
TITLE
Director

Between their Flemish and French directors it's always difficult to guess. Our friend Dzong suggests it will be the comedy The Brand New Testament with Catherine Deneuve as God's daughter 

 

Bhutan
never nominated
TITLE
director

They rarely submit but Dzong suggests that Kushuthara: A Pattern of Love hopes for an international release and sometimes it takes an ambition film to get the Oscar ball rolling in smaller film industries

Bolivia
1 nom | 1 win
TITLE
Director

They submit infrequently but words is that it's a good year for Bolivian cinema so perhaps we'll see one of their historical epics or Norte Estrecho which involves illegal immigrants in the US - would they dare send that? It'd be timely

Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 nom | 1 win
OUR EVERYDAY LIFE
Ines Tanović
Official Site | Trailer

90 minutes
Bosnian

The struggles of a family in postwar Bosnia. This is a feature debut for a short film filmmaker

Brazil
4 noms | 0 wins
TITLE
DIRECTOR

The most likely candidate is clearing The Second Mother which has done well at festivals and just opened in the US. Brazil is still waiting on a win as their best chances City of God and Central Station were thwarted by surprise snubs and a surprise BP contender in their category respectively

Bulgaria
never nominated
TITLE
DIRECTOR

Stephan Komandarev is the only Bulgarian director who almost made it to the Oscars - his last submission made the finalist list if not the nominee list - so perhaps they'll send his new film The Judgment a father/son drama

 

Cambodia
1 nom | 0 wins
TITLE
director

We predicted The Last Reel last season so we'll stick to that since it was delayed at home

Canada
7 noms | 1 win
TITLE
Director

A lower profile for our neighbors to the North this year with Xavier Dolan out of the running. But other previously submitted directors have films available so it might be Guibord's Going to War (Monsieur Lazhar was a nominee for director Philippe Falardeau) or the high profile Félix & Meira about a cross cultural affair. But let's be daring and suggest that the submission will be Violent, which is about a dying young woman. It's in Norwegian and shot in Norway but a Canadian feature and Leo winner!

Chad
never nominated
TITLE
director

Synopsis

Chile
1 nom | 0 wins
TITLE
DIRECTOR

I'm still stunned that Gloria wasn't nominated in 2013. STUNNED I tell you. So even if they send a stunner, will the Academy be kind? 

China
2 nominations
WOLF TOTEM (also known as "THE LAST WOLF")
Jean-Jacques Annaud

121 minutes
Mandarin & Mongolian 

Rather surprisingly they chose a film by a French director (a coproduction). It's set in 1969 when a student moves to Mongolia to teach nomads and because fascinated with the woves of the steppes and captures a cub to tame it.

Not Selected
Blind Massage and Mountains May Depart had high awards profiles but nope.

 

Colombia
never nominated
TITLE
director

I hope it's Embrace of the Serpent since that black and white journey film will be easy to catch at TIFF very soon

Costa Rica
never nominated
TITLE
Director

Synopsis


 

Croatia
never nominated
THE HIGH SUN
Dalibor Matanić
Official Site | Trailer

123 minutes
Croatian 

This was already a prize winner at Cannes. It's about a Serbian-Croatian romance just as the civil war slaughter begins

Cuba
1 nom | 0 wins
TITLE
DIRECTOR

They had what I personally thought to be a strong contender last year with Behavior. But they don't always submit

Czech Republic
9 noms | 3 wins
TITLE
DIRECTOR

Synopsis

 

Denmark
12 noms | 3 wins
TITLE
director

Billie August has made his first Danish film in a long time with Silent Heart so I suspect they'll send that. He won the Oscar for Pelle the Conqueror (1988). But then again Denmark generally has a lot to choose from

Dominican Republic
never nominated
TITLE
Director

The highest profile possibility is Sand Dollars (reviewed) but I suspect there is too much English in it (from memory - perhaps I'm wrong) to not risk disqualification since Geraldine Chaplin is the star 

Ecuador
never nominated
TITLE
director

Synopsis

Egypt
never nominated
TITLE
DIRECTOR

Synopsis

Estonia
1 nom | 0 wins
TITLE
DIRECTOR

I don't know much about this industry so I trust my friend Dzong who says they'll send the epice WW II drama 1944 which has been a big hit at home. They received their first nomination last season for Tangerin

 

CONTINUE ON TO...

Ethiopia to The Netherlands - 8 Official Submissions Thus Far
New Zealand to Vietnam - 8 Official Submissions Thus Far