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Pt. 2 Finland through Palestine Territories
Pt. 3 Peru through Vietnam

Afghanistan through Ethiopia
7 official submissions on this chart thus far. Plus speculation 

All Commentary on these foreign charts by A.D. & Nathaniel R
Thank you for the tips: Ali, Brenda, Ivan, Matheus, Michael, Murtada, Shane, Yonatan
Chart Updated on  09/14/2014

 

Afghanistan
never nominated
A FEW CUBIC METERS OF LOVE
Jamshid Mahmoudi
OFFICIAL SITE 

??? minutes
Persian

A romantic drama about asylum seeking Afghans working in a factory in Tehran 

Albania
never nominated
TBA
TBA

The frontunner is Fatmir Koci's "Amsterdam Express" a thriler about an Albanian in the Netherlands who gets involved in human trafficking

Algeria
noms
| wins
TBA
TBA

Our best guess is "Le crepuscule des ombres" by octogenarian Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina who won the Palme D'Or for Chronicle of the Years of Fire in 1975 which was submitted for Oscar but not nominated

Argentina
6 noms | 2 wins
TBA
TBA

They have plentiful options this year but given the response to "Wild Tales" a comedy with six stories of revenge at Cannes, that seems likely

Armenia
noms | wins
TBA
TBA

They don't always submit but this year it might be "The Romanticists" about an actor who is preparing to move abroad

 

Australia
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Aboroginal actor David Gulpilil who headlined their submissin "Ten Canoes" is back in "Charlie's Country" (REVIEW) which has some English but probably not too much to qualify

Austria
nominations | 2 wins
THE DARK VALLEY
Andreas Prochaska

???
German

This Western features British star Sam Riley (who actually lives in Berlin) as a lone rider who enters a town for mysterious reasons. No one wants him to say

Not Selected: Highlights of Austrian film year included "Amour Fou," and our original prediction "The Last Dance."

Azerbaijan
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Bangladesh
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Bangladesh has submitted the same director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki twice in the past four years so we're likely looking at his latest "Ant Story" which is a Walter-Mitty like fantasy

Belgium
6 nominations
TBA
TBA

Belgium sometimes surprises but given the presence of Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night" it will likely be the Dardennes Brothers submitted again though Oscar has yet to warm to them.

 

         

Bolivia
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Juan Carlos Validivia has been submitted 4 out of the 6 times they've submitted so expect his latest "Yvy Maracy: Tierra sin Mal"

Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 nom | 1 win
TBA
TBA

not much happening this year. Maybe "With Mom" about a family whose mom is dying of cancer

Brazil
4 nominations
TBA
TBA

Brazil has a few award winners that look like possibilities: LGBT teen drama "The Way He Looks" has a lot of fans as does the kidnapping thriller "Wolf at the Door". They also have "Boy and the World" which is listed on the animated feature chart

Bulgaria
never nominated
BULGARIAN RHAPSODY
Ivan Nitchev

100 minutes
Bulgarian

PLOT UNKNOWN

Not Selected: Oops. We thought it would be Stephan Komandarev's “The Judgment”, about an impoverished man who attempts to atone for a sin that he committed 25 years prior. It won Best Bulgarian Film at the 2014 Sofia Film Festival.

Cambodia
1 nomination
TBA
TBA

Cambodia won their first nomination, and a highly unusual one at that last year for The Missing Picture. This year's frontrunner is "The Last Reel," about a woman who learns her mom was a film star before the Khmer Rouge genocide murdered the artists and performers

 

Canada
7 noms | 1 win
TBA
TBA

Two Xavier Dolan films - ha! "Mommy" & "Tom at the Farm" are both eligible for submission

Chad
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Sub-Saharan countries don't submit regularly but if they do maybe "Mariam" about domestic violence

Chile
1 nomination
TO KILL A MAN
Alejandro Fernández Almendras
OFFICIAL SITE 

82 minutes
Spanish

a working class man turns vigilante to deal with street thugs

Not Selected: Paulina Garcia who was so awesome in Gloria last year had a film called "Illiterate" but the whimsical dramedy "The Dance of Reality" by Alejandro Jodorowsky seemed most likely.

China
2 nomination
TBA
TBA

They have a great number of options. Stay tuned.

Colombia
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Some possible contenders include "Everyone Leaves" "Dust on the Tongue" or "Gente de Bien" though we're hearing the latter might not premiere domestically in time

 

Costa Rica
never nominated
TBA
TBA

“Red Princesses” was released way back last October but it’s the one to beat - the story of a family of Communists living under assumed identities in political exile.

Croatia
never nominated
COWBOYS
Tomislav Mrsic
Official Site 

107 minutes
Croatian 

This movie, a western based on a hit stage comedy, is about eight outsiders breaking all the rules of the theater

Not Selected: the award-winning "Number 55" or "The Bridge at the End of the World"

Cuba
1 nomination
TBA
TBA

This year the national film studio only produced a single film. But it was a critical and box-office success. “Behavior” (Conducta) is about a boy from a dysfunctional family who meets an inspiring teacher. If they submit that's the one. It's playing TIFF this year

Czech Republic
9 noms | 3 wins
TBA
TBA

The Czechs have a number of strong candidates including Gypsy drama “The Way Out” doping drama “Fair Play”, or indies “Delight” or “Hany” which was shot in a single take? 

Denmark
9 noms | 3 wins
TBA
TBA

They've narrowed it down to three films

 

Dominican Republic
never nominated
CRISTO REY
Leticia Tonos

Spanish

As predicted it's “Cristo Rey,” a drama with Romeo & Juliet overtones about two half-brothers chasing after the same girl. Tonos previously had a film submitted in 2011

Ecuador
never nominated
TBA
TBA

It’s rare that Ecuadorian films make major festivals so LGBT-drama “Holiday” (Feriado) is almost certain to represent Ecuador. It’s supposed to be a sweet film

Egypt
never nominated
TBA
TBA

We predict they’ll send “Factory Girl,” about a lower-class female factory worker who falls for her handsome upper-class foreman. Reviews have been strong in the Arab world. But other options include comedy “Excuse My French” or the thriller “The Cat”

Estonia
never nominated
TANGERINES
Zaza Urushadze

87 minutes
Russian & Estonian  

This is a war time drama about a farmer harvesting his crop of tangerines who takes in a wounded soldier.

Ethiopia
never nominated
TBA
TBA

The likely candidate is "Difret," a drama about a young girl arrested for killing a man trying to kidnap her into a forced marriage. It played at Berlinale

 

Submission Commentary by Nathaniel R & A.D.
[With assists from TFE friends and readers]