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71 films now submitted 

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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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PART 1 - AFGHANISTAN TO FINLAND
22 Official Submissions
Updated September 23rd

France to Morocco Submissions
Nepal to Vietnam Submissions

 

Afghanistan
never nominated (submitting since 2002)

PARTING
Dir. Navid Mahmoudi
78 minutes
Farsi, Dari 

A young man follows the woman he loves out of Afghanistan when she leaves as a refugee with her parents

Albania
never nominated
(subitting since 1996)

CHROMIUM
Dir. Bujar Alimania
78 minutes
Albanian
Trailer

a family drama about a father, his two sons, and some sort of mine they work in.

Algeria
5 noms | 1 win (subitting since 1969)

THE WELL
Dir. Lotfi Bouchouchi
96 minutes
French & Arabic
Official Site

Villagers are beseiged by soldiers and can't escape. 

Argentina
7 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

TBA

Last year:
The Clan

Armenia
7 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

EARTHQUAKE
Dir. Sarik Andreasyan
??? minutes
Armenian, Russian

A drama about an Earthquake in 1988 when a Russian and Armenian man come togethr to rescue survivors 


 

 

Australia
never nominated (submitting since 1996)

TANNA
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Official Site 

Currently playing in select cities in the US

100 minutes
Nauvhal

The Yakel tribe performs a story about a sister's loyalty and a forbidden romance. Glenn wrote about this for Paradise magazine

Austria
4 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE
Dir. Maria Schrader
106 minutes
German, French, Spanish, English

Joseph Hader stars as the famous writer. Maria Schrader, who starred in the LGBT Golden Globe nominee Aimee & Jaguar (1999) directs the film!

Last Year:
Goodnight Mommy

Belgium
7 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1967)

THE ARDENNES
Dir Robin Pront 
96 minutes
Flemish / French

This is a drama about two home robbing brothers, one of whom is just out of prison. This is Pront's debut feature. 

(Belgium generally trades off between Dutch & Flemish films each year)

Bolivia
never nominated
(submitting since 1995)

SEALED CARGO
Dir. Julia Vargas-Weise
107 minutes
Spanish
Official Site | Trailer 

An environmentally aware thriller about corrupt cops, and crates carrying toxic minerals and more - information on this one is confusing though THR calls it "highly energetic"

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 nom | 1 win
(submitting since 1994)

DEATH IN SARAJEVO
Dir. Danis Tanovic
85 minutes
Bosnian, French, English

REVIEWED

This drama is based on the play "Hotel Europe" by Bernard-Henri Levy (which he hopes help Bosnia enter the EU). This is Tanovic's 4th submission from 16 films Bosnia has submitted over the years. He previously won the Oscar for No Man's Land (2001) and made the Finalist list for A Day in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

 

 

Brazil
4 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1960)

LITTLE SECRET
Dir. David Schurmann
??? minutes
Portuguese
Official Site 

Three families are connected by a secret

Not Selected:
Brazil announced 16 finalists (we don't have the full list) and among the titles Aquarius  was the buzzy internationally acclaimed film that came under political fire at home. Here's a good article in English mapping out the controversy

Last Year:
The Second Mother

Bulgaria
never nominated (submitting since 1971)


LOSERS
Dir. Ivaylo Ristov
97 minutes
Bulgarian 
Trailer 

A high school movie about four inseparable best friends. In black and white.

Canada
7 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1971)

IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD
Dir. Xavier Dolan
97 minutes
French  
Official Site

Dolan's love it or hate it family drama. This is the third time Canada has submitted a Dolan film after I Killed My Mother and Mommy. He has yet to be nominated.

Last Year:
Felix & Meira 

Chile
1 nom | 0 wins (submitting since 1990)

NERUDA
Dir. Pablo Larraín
107 minutes
Spanish

Opening in the US on December 16th

An inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) hunts down the poet, Pablo Neruda, in the 1940s

Larraín also has an English language feature which will likely be vying for Oscar this year in Jackie. Chile has submitted him multiple times now. He was nominated once for "No"

 

 

China
2 nominations (submitting since 1979)

TBA

Read about previous submissions:

 

Colombia
1 nomination
(submitting since 1980)

ALIAS MARIA
Dir. Jose Luis Rugeles Gracia 
91 minutes
Spanish 
Official Site 

A drama about a pregnant female soldier

Not Selected: Finalists: Anna, The Seed of Silence, and Oscuro Animal

Coverage of Last Year's Nominee:
Embrace of the Serpent 
 (their first nomination!)

Croatia
2 nominations *
(submitting since 1992 as Croatia)

ON THE OTHER SIDE
Zrinko Ogresta
85 minutes
Croatian
Trailer (no subtitles)  

A mother secret threatens to be revealed. Ogresta was submitted once before for Red Dust (1999)

* Croatia has not received a nomination yet as an independent country but there were two Croatian films nominated from within the former Yugoslavia The Road a Year Long (1958) and The Ninth Circle (1960)

Cuba
1 nomination
(submitting since 1978)

THE COMPANION
Pavel Giroud
Trailer 

104 minutes
Spanish

A boxer accused of doping becomes is forced to become companion to a soldier who contracted AIDS in Africa

Most recent submission:
Behavior (2014) 

Czech Republic
9 noms* | 2 wins* (submitting since 1994 as Czech Republic)

LOST IN MUNICH
Dir. Petr Zelenka
105 minutes
Czech

Comedy. A 90 year old parrot, prepared to give his "account" of history is kidnapped by a journalist

*These stats include all but one of the nomineees from the former Czechoslovakia since all but one of them were Czech films. Without the former Czechoslovokia their Oscar tally is 3 nominations with 1 win

Denmark
13 nominations | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

LAND OF MINE
Dir. Martin Zandvliet
100 minutes
Danish & German

German POWS in Denmark during World War II. Denmark's been on quite a run this decade with 4 noms and 1 win since 2010.

Not SelectedThe Commune (Reviewed) and Walk With Me

Coverage of Last Year's Nominee:
A War 

 

Dominican Republic
never nominated (submitting since 1983)

FLOR DE AZUCAR
Dir. Fernando Baez Mella
110 minutes
Spanish 
Official Site 

A peasant who has been in hiding risks returning to his family after killing a soldier

Last year's submission: Sand Dollars

Egypt
never nominated (submitting since 1958)

CLASH
Dir. Mohamed Diab
97 minutes
Arabic

This is a drama set entirely in a police van as various people are arrested during street protests. 

 

Estonia
1 nomination
(submitting since 1992)

MOTHER
Dir. Kadri Kõusaar 
89 minutes
Estonian
Official Site 

REVIEWED 

The downtrodden mother/caretaker of a man in a coma from a mysterious attack has secrets of her own in this dark comedy

 

Ethiopian
never nominated (submitting since 2014)

TBA

 Finland
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1973)

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI
Dir. Juho Kuosmanen92 minutes
Finnish

Featherweight championship 

 

 

 Foreign Film Predictions

France to Morocco Submissions
Nepal to Vietnam Submissions