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

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PART TWO - France through Morocco
21 Official Submissions & 2 Finalists List
Updated September 23rd

HQ - Predictions & Trivia
PT 1 Afghanistan to Finland -Official Submissions Thus Far
PT 3 Nepal to Vietnam - Official Submissions Thus Far

 

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

TBA

Their finalist list is four films wide: Paul Verhoeven's Elle, François Ozon's Frantz, the biopic Cezanne and I, and Les Innocentes. They will choose on Sept 26th

Coverage of last year's nominee:
Mustang 

Georgia
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1996)

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 

Opens in the US on Dec 25th

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

Reviewed

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 

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 

A teenage city boy is sent away to the country to live with his dad. This director was submitted once before for Volcano (2011)

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:
The other three finalists were The Oath, In Front of Others, and Reyjkavik

Coverage of last year's submission
Rams 

India
3 noms (submitting since 1957)

INTEROGGATION
Dir. Vetrimaaran
106 minutes
Tamil

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

Farhadi adapts Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman through an acting couple performing it

 

 

Iraq
never nominated (submitting since 2005)

EL CLASICO
Dir. Halkawt Mustafa
95 minutes
Kurdish
Official Site 

Two little people attempt to meet their football hero Cristiano Ronaldo

Ireland
never nominated (submitting since 2007)

TBA

Israel
10 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1964)

SAND STORM
Dir. Elite Zexer
87 minutes
Arabic 

REVIEWED

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

Not Selected:
Israel always sends their Best Picture Ophir winner. The other nominees were: Beyond Mountains and Hills1 Week and a DayOur FatherThrough the Wall. (Israel is the most nominated country without an Oscar win yet)

Coverage of Last Year's Submission:
Baba Joon

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

TBA

Finalists: Fire at Sea, 
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

Ivory Coast
1 nom | 1 win (submitted twice only since 1976)

TBA

 

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

HAHA TO KURASEBA also known as LIVING WITH MY MOTHER also known as NAGASAKI: MEMORIES OF MY SON
Dir. Yoji Yamada
130 minutes
Japanese 
Official Site 

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!

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

TBA

Coverage of last year's nominee:
Theeb

Kazakhstan
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1992)

TBA

Kosovo
never nominated (submitting since 2014)

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

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 

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

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 

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

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

Macedonia
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1994)
 

TBA

 

Malaysia
never nominated (submitting since 2004)

TBA

Mauritania
1 nomination (submitted only once in 2014)

TBA

Mexico
8 nominations
(submitting since 1957)

DESIERTO
Dir. Jonas Cuarón
94 minutes
Spanish & English 

Mexicans trying to immigrate to the US encounter a man who has taken border patrol into his own hands. Starring Gael García Bernal & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Opens in US on 10/14

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 

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 

 

HQ - Predictions & Trivia
PT 1 Afghanistan to Finland -Official Submissions Thus Far
PT 3 Nepal to Vietnam - Official Submissions Thus Far