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

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PART TWO - Finland through The Netherlands
30 of 85 Official Submissions
Updated October 22nd, 2016
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HQ - Predictions & Trivia
PT 1 Albania to Estonia -25 Official Submissions
PT 3 New Zealand to Yemen - 30 Official Submissions

 

Finland
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1973)

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

Featherweight championship

France
3 Honorarys | 37 noms | 9 wins (submitting since 1956)

ELLE
Dir. Paul Verhoeven
130 minutes
French 
Trailer 

REVIEWED

Opens in the US on November 11th

A brilliant comedy about rape, hypocrisy, misogyny and Hupper's screen persona

Not Selected: Frantz, Cezanne and I, and Les Innocentes.

last year's nominee:
Mustang 

Georgia
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1996)
Trailer

HOUSE OF OTHERS 
Dir. Rusudan Glurijidze
103 minutes
Georgian 
Trailer 

In post-war Georgian two surviving families are still not living with peace. This is a debut from a female filmmaker 

Germany
18 noms | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

TONI ERDMANN
Dir. Maren Ade
162 minutes
German
Official Site | Trailer

REVIEWED

Opens in the US on Dec 25th

Spirit Nom, NYFCC Winner

Father/Daughter comedy already beloved by critics. Could it be the frontrunner?

Coverage of last year's finalist:
Labyrinth of Lies

Greece
5 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1957)

CHEVALIER
Dir. Athena Rachel Tsangari
105 minutes
Greek
Trailer 

REVIEWED

Currently Streaming on Netflix, Spirit Nom

Satire about masculinity. 

 

Hong Kong
2 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1959)

PORT OF CALL 
Dir. Philip Yung
126 minutes
Cantonese & Mandarin
Official Site | Trailer

A crime drama starring Aaron Kwok told in three acts (investigation / the victim / the motivation). A major film in Asian cinema last year with several Golden Horse nominations and multiple Hong Kong wins

Hungary
9 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1965)

KILLS ON WHEELS
Dir. Attila Till
105 minutes
Hungarian 
Official Site | Trailer

Two 20somethings in rehab become involved with a disabled hitman in what is billed as an action comedy but frequently called a coming of age film. Despite the gimmicky sounding mix of plot and genre it has strong reviews and is very popular in Hungary

Coverage of last year's Winner:
Son of Saul

Iceland
1 nomination

SPARROWS
Dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson
99 minutes
Icelandic 
Trailer 

A teenage city boy is sent away to the country to live with his dad (from the director of Volcano)

Weird Trivia: This is the 4th year in a row Iceland has submitted a film with an animal in the title after Of Horses & Men, Life in a Fishbowl, and Rams

Not Selected:
Finalists: The Oath, In Front of Others, Reyjkavik

Coverage of last year's submission
Rams 

India
3 noms (submitting since 1957)

INTEROGGATION
Dir. Vetrimaaran
106 minutes
Tamil
Trailer 

A movie about the persecution of immigrants by law enforcement. They are forced to confess to crimes they didn't do

Indonesia
never nominated (submitting since 1987)

LETTERS FROM PRAGUE
Dir. Annga Dwimas Sasongko
minutes
Indonesian
Trailer

A romantic drama with musical elements about a woman is sent to prague to deliver a letter to an unknown man.

 

 

Iran
2 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1977)

THE SALESMAN
Dir. Asghar Farhadi
125 minutes
Persian
Trailer 

REVIEWED

Opens in January 2017 in the US

 A gripping drama about married actors whose home life begins to unravel during a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

 

Iraq
never nominated (submitting since 2005)

EL CLASICO
Dir. Halkawt Mustafa
95 minutes
Kurdish
Official Site  | Trailer

Two little people attempt to meet their football hero Cristiano Ronaldo


Israel
10 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1964)

SAND STORM
Dir. Elite Zexer
87 minutes
Arabic 
Trailer 

REVIEWED  
& INTERVIEWED 

Now playing in the US

A young woman rebels against a proposed marriage. Her mother and father disagree on how to handle it.

Not Selected:
Finalists: Beyond Mountains and Hills1 Week and a DayOur FatherThrough the Wall. 

Coverage of Last Year's Submission:
Baba Joon

Italy
28 noms | 11 wins | 3 honoraries (sumitting since 1956)

FIRE AT SEA
Dir. Gianfranco Rosi
minutes
Italian 
Trailer 

REVIEWED & INTERVIEWED

Now Playing in the US

Not Selected: the finalists were  The Last Will Be the Last, Indivisible, 
They Call Me Jeeg Robot, Perfect Strangers, Pericle
and Suburra

Coverage of Last Year's Submission:
Don't Be Bad

Japan
12 noms | 1 win | 3 honoraries
(submitting since 1956)

NAGASAKI: MEMORIES OF MY SON
Dir. Yoji Yamada
130 minutes
Japanese 
Official Site | Trailer

A ghost visits the mother of a man who died in Nagasaki during World War II.  Yamada had a previous nomination in this category with The Twilight Samurai (2002)

P.S. They need to settle on an English language title for this movie. It has already had 3 different titles

 

Jordan
1 nomination
(submitted for the first time last year)

3000 NIGHTS
Dir. Mai Masri
103 minutes
Hebrew, Arabic
 Trailer 

A Palestinian woman in an Israeli prison gives birth to a son and tries to protect him and survive. 

Coverage of last year's nominee:
Theeb

Kazakhstan
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1992)

AMANAT
Dir. Satybaldy Narymbetov
??? minutes
Kazakh, Russian
 Trailer 

Kazakhstan produced about 15 films a year. This one is a historic epic  about a man imprisoned in prison for writing books about Kazakh history and national heroes. 

Kosovo
never nominated (submitting since 2014)

HOME SWEET HOME
Dir. Faton Bajraktari
??? minutes
Albanian
 Trailer 

Debut feature, a post war dramedy. A man thought dead returns home to initial joy. But he's still legally dead which brings complications

.Kyrgyzstan
never nominated (submitting since 1998)

A FATHER'S WILL
Dir. Bakyt Mukul & Dastan Japar Uuiu
112 minutes
Kyrgyz
 Trailer

A son returns to his family's home village from the US to repay his father's debts

 

Latvia
never nominated (submitting since 1992)

DAWN
Dir. Laila Pakalnina
96 minutes
Latvian
Official Site |  Trailer

An homage to Eastern Bloc cinema, this film looks at a young man with Communist ideals in a Latvian collective farm. In black and white. (Pakalnina is a prolific director with many short films and 7 features.)

 

 

Lebanon
never nominated (submitting since 1978)

VERY BIG SHOT
Dir. Mir Jean-Bou Chaaya 
106 minutes
Lebanese, Arabic, French, English
Official Site |  Trailer

A filmmaker manipulates public opinions about a gangster 

Lithunia
never nominated (submitting since 2006)

SENECA'S DAY
Dir. Kristijonas Vildziunas
106 minutes
Lithuanian, Russian, Estonian
 Trailer 

Set in the last days of the Soviet Era in which friendships are complicated by a love triangle

Luxembourg
never nominated (submitting since 1997)

VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL
Dir. Pol Cruchten
85 minutes
French
 Trailer 

A documentary about the people of Chernobyl and their lives before the catatostrophe 

Macedonia
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1994)
 

THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE
Dir. Rade Serbedzija & Danilo Serbedzija
110 minutes
Macedonian, Bulgarian, German
 Trailer 

A WW II drama told through the eyes of an 11 year old boy whos mother is close with a German officer

Malaysia
never nominated
(submitting since 2004)
 

BEAUTIFUL PAIN (also known as REDHA)
Dir. Tunku Mona Riza
?? minutes
Malay
Official Site  |  Trailer

a husband and wife struggle with their autistic boy

 

Mexico
8 nominations
(submitting since 1957)

DESIERTO
Dir. Jonas Cuarón
94 minutes
Spanish & English 
 Trailer 

A man takes border patrol into his own vicious hands. Starring Gael García Bernal & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

REVIEWED

Now playing in the US

Not selected: 7:19, Alien, Carmin Tropical, Chosen Ones, El Jeremias, Epitaph, Estar o no estar, 4th Company, Los Muertos, Made in Bangkok, Maquinaria Panamerican, Mexican Gangster, Monster w/1000 Heads, Somos Mari PepaYou're Killing Me Susan

Coverage of last year's:
600 Miles

Montenegro
never nominated (submitting since 2013)

THE BLACK PIN
Dir. Ivan Marinovic
100 minutes
Serbian 
 Trailer 

This dramedy is about a priest who returns to a superstitious village to nurse his ailing mother. The villagers want him out.

Not Selected: The only other finalist was a film called Low Down

Morocco
never nominated (submitting since 1977)

A MILE IN MY SHOES
Dir. Said Khallaf
110 minutes
Arabic
 Trailer

Looks like a crime drama. Haven't found much info 

Nepal
1 nom | 0 wins

THE BLACK HEN
Dir. Min Bahadur Bham
90 minutes
Nepali 
 Trailer

Two young boys, divided by caste, raise a hen together in the hopes of selling eggs. It goes missing and their journey begins

The Netherlands
7 noms | 3 wins (submitting since 1959)

TONIO
Dir. Paula van der Oest
100 minutes
Dutch 
Official Site |  Trailer 

A drama about parents grieving their son. This is the third time van der Oest has been submitted. She was previously nominated for Zus & Zo (2002)

Not Selected
The Finalists: Adios Amigos, A Real Vermeer, De Held,The Fury, History's Future, J. Kessels, Hieronymus Bosch, In My Father's Garden, Meester Kikker, Public Works

 

HQ - Predictions & Trivia
PT 1 Albania to Estonia -25 Official Submissions
PT 3 New Zealand to Yemen - 30 Official Submissions