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THE OFFICIAL LIST OF 83 FILMS
Chart Official as of 10/09/14 

Pt. 2 Finland through Nepal
Pt. 3 The Netherlands through Venezuela

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia
25 official submissions on this page
Most Recent Update: 10/10/14 

 

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 

Argentina
6 noms | 2 wins
WILD TALES
Damian Szifron

* REVIEWED *

US RELEASE
Feb 20th, 2015
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 

122 minutes
Spanish

A grandly entertaining comedy with six stories of revenge. It will stand out for sure but who knows if they'll go for it.

Australia
never nominated
CHARLIE'S COUNTRY
Rolf de Heer

* REVIEWED

108 minutes
Yolngu Matha, English 

Aboroginal actor David Gulpilil who headlined their submissin "Ten Canoes" is back and beautifully carries the film. It has a lot of English but probably not enough to be disqualified but we'll see.

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
NABAT
Elchin Musaoglu

105 minutes
Azeri, Turkish 

The effects of war seep into a remote village where a farming couple struggle to survive

 

Bangladesh
never nominated
GLOW OF THE FIREFLY
Khalid Mahmud Mithu

100 minutes
Bengali 

apparently a genre bending contemporary movie (tragedy, family drama, romance) with a little of everything: striking locations, themes of love, art, sacrifice and self-realization.

Not Selected: They've submitted fimls by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki twice in the past four years but they didn't go with his new "Ant Story" which is a Walter-Mitty like fantasy

Belgium
6 nominations
TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
Dardenne Bros

* REVIEWED *

US RELEASE
Dec 24th
Sundance Selects

95 minutes
French 

Marion Cotillard headlines this acclaimed drama about a woman who needs help from her coworkers to stay employed.


Bolivia
never nominated
FORGOTTEN
Carlos Bolado

??? minutes
Spanish

Known as Olvidados in Bolivia

Not Selected: Juan Carlos Validivia is a regular with the Bolivian Association who chooses but they are sending his latest "Yvy Maracy: Tierra sin Mal" to compete in the Goyas instead

Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 nom | 1 win
WITH MOM
Faruk Loncarevic

??? minutes
Bosnian 

As predicted it's a family drama about the mother dying of cancer

Brazil
4 nominations
THE WAY HE LOOKS
Daniel Ribeiro
OFFICIAL SITE

* REVIEWED *

95 minutes
Portuguese

LGBT teen drama about a blind guy falling in love

Not Selected: The kidnapping thriller Wolf at the Door or Boy and the World which is listed on the animated feature chart

 

Bulgaria
never nominated
BULGARIAN RHAPSODY
Ivan Nitchev

100 minutes
Bulgarian

A World War II drama. Not yet released in Bulgaria

Not Selected: Viktoria and Alienation were popular runners up but some people are angry about the decision of the 12 person committee which includes this film's director

Canada
7 noms | 1 win
MOMMY
Xavier Dolan

US RELEASE
Jan 2015
Roadshow Pictures 

* REVIEWED *

139 minutes
French, English

Xavier Dolan's debut I Killed My Mother was submitted for Oscar in its year and this Cannes sensation is their second Dolan submission. Will Oscar be wowed by its raw huge feelings or turn away in discomfort?

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
THE NIGHTINGALE
Phillipe Muyl

100 minutes
Mandarin 

A retiree and his granddaughter travel the Chinese countryside 

Not Selected: Coming Home from Zhang Yimou or which both scored multiple Golden Horse nominations

Colombia
never nominated
MATEO
Maria Gamboa
OFFICIAL SITE 

86 minutes
Spanish

A teenager is asked by his crime boss uncle to infiltrate a theater group to learn of their political activities 

Not Selected: "Everyone Leaves" "Dust on the Tongue" 

 

 

 

Costa Rica
never nominated
RED PRINCESSES
Laura Astorga
OFFICIAL SITE 

minutes
Spanish 

“Red Princesses” was released way back last October 2013 but Costa Rica continued to love it and submitted this 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
BEHAVIOR
Ernesto Daranas

* REVIEWED

minutes
Spanish 

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
FAIR PLAY
Andrea Sedlackova

100 minutes
Czech

A doping drama about Olympic athletes in the 1980s

Not Selected: Gypsy drama “The Way Out”or  “Hany” which was shot in a single take 

Denmark
9 noms | 3 wins
SORROW AND JOY
Nils Mamros

107 minutes
Danish 

An harrowing semi-autobiographical film about the filmmaker and his wife who killed their child. Malmros is an important figure in Danish cinema. He was first submitted in 1977 for the Oscars

not selected

 

Dominican Republic
never nominated
CRISTO REY
Leticia Tonos
OFFICIAL SITE 

96 minutes
Spanish

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
SILENCE IN DREAMLAND
Tito Molina
OFFICIAL SITE 

??? minutes
Spanish 

A lonely widow spends her days in routine and dreaming, rarely leaving her house. Until a stray dog arrives

Not Selected: It’s rare that Ecuadorian films make major festivals but LGBT-drama “Holiday” (Feriado), which is reportedly a sweet film, did.

Egypt
never nominated
THE FACTORY GIRL
Mohamed Khan

90 minutes
Arabic 

As predicted they selected this feminist film about a lower-class female factory worker who falls for her handsome upper-class foreman and is accused of losing her virginity. Reviews have been strong in the Arab world.

Not Selected: the 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
DIFRET
Zeresenay Berhane Mrhari
OFFICIAL SITE 

99 minutes
Amharic 

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.

DID NOT SUBMIT THIS YEAR: 
Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Cambodia, Kazakshtan, Malaysiam, Vietnam

THANK YOU FOR THE TIPS: 
Ali, Brenda, Evan, Irvin, Ivan, Matheus, Michael, Murtada, Shane, Yonatan

SUBMISSION CHARTS
83 official submissions - a record by 7 films

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia
Pt. 2 Finland through Nepal
Pt. 3 The Netherlands through Vietnam