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Official Oscar Submission Charts for the Films of 2014 The charts will begin Post-Cannes

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Estonia
Pt. 3 Peru through Vietnam

 

Finland through Panama Territories
18 Official Submissions on this page

All Commentary on these foreign charts by A.D.Nathaniel R
Thank you for the tips: Ali, Brenda, Evan, Ivan, Matheus, Michael, Murtada, Shane, Yonatan
Chart Updated on  09/18/14

 

 

FINLAND
1 nomination
CONCRETE NIGHT
Pirjo Honkasalo
Official Site 

96 minutes
Finnish

This black-and-white drama is about a teenager in the Helsinki slums whose brother is leading him toward a life of crime. It won the National Film Awards

Not Selected: "Grumpy" about an old man moving in with his daughter for his convalescence which is currently on the festival circuit

FRANCE
3 Honorarys
35 noms | 9 wins
TBA
TBA

France has enough contenders to fill a ton of countries submission lists. Any suggestions?

GEORGIA
1 nomination
CORN ISLAND
Giorgi Ovashvili

Georgian, Russian, Abkhaz

100 minutes
...

This film about a farmer and his daughter on the border of Georgia and Abhazia building a shelter took the top prize at the Karlovy Vary film festival 

Not Selected: We thought it would be  “Blind Dates”, a gentle comedy about a 40-something nagged by his parents into an unending series of blind dates 

GERMANY
18 noms | 3 wins
BELOVED SISTERS
Dominik Graf

US RELEASE
Dec 24th 
Music Box Films 

Disputed Running Time
German & French

 a sprawling period drama about a rising poet and two very intimate sisters who both love him. Premiered at Berlinale and is playing NYFF this year in its 3 hour form. For some reason IMDb says it's 138 minutes so perhaps there are two versions floating around?

GREECE
5 noms
LITTLE ENGLAND
Pantelis Voulgaris

160 minutes
Greek

Two sisters are in love with the same man on an island in Greece. Based on the bestselling novel

 

GREENLAND
never nominated
TBA
TBA

We don't believe there's anything eligible this year

HONG KONG
2 nominations
THE GOLDEN ERA
Ann Hui

177 minutes
Mandarin 

As predicted it's this glossy 3 hour biopic starring Lust, Caution's Tang Wei. It played at TIFF and was the Closing Night Film in Venice.

HUNGARY
8 noms | 1 win
WHITE GOD
Kornél Mundruczó

Official Site

119 minutes
Hungarian

The first country to announce their submission! They've gone with Cannes sensation about rampaging dogs. Think The Birds apparently - critics love it.

ICELAND
1 nomination
TBA
TBA

They've narrowed it down to a few films which you can read about here. I expect it will be Life in a Fishbowl

INDIA
3 nominations
TBA
TBA

 

INDONESIA
never nominated
TBA
TBA

Lots of films are in with a chance, though I think “The Sinking of Van Der Wijck”, about the doomed romance between a local girl and a mixed-race man during the colonial era, should be able to beat “99 Lights”, about the lives of Muslim women in Europe. Expensive martial arts epic “Golden Cane Warrior” will be a big threat if it gets a release by September 30.

IRAN
2 noms | 1 win
TBA
TBA

ISRAEL
10 nominations
TBA
TBA

There are three frontrunners via the OPHIR nominations which suggests its between the biopic Gett, the women in the military hit Zero Motivation (reviewed) and the ensemble dramedy about assisted suicide The Farewell Party (reviewed)

ITALY
3 Honoraries
27 noms | 10 wins
TBA
TBA

Everyone is describing this as a two-way race between “Human Capital”, a drama about the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident, and “The Wonders” (Jury Prize, Cannes), a quirky family drama. “Capital” beat Oscar winner “Great Beauty” at the Donatello Awards and has better reviews than the buzzy “Wonders” so I think it’s in. Dark horse: black comedy “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer”.

JAPAN
3 Honoraries
27 noms | 10 wins
THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE
Mipo Oh

??? minutes
Japanese

An young depressed unemployed man romances his friend's sister. He sees something special in her. based on a novel.

Not Selected: Yoji Yamada’s “The Little House” had seemed like a very strong possibility.

 

KAZAKHSTAN
1 nomination
TBA
TBA

The critically acclaimed “Harmony Lessons” finally opened domestically in December 2013 so this Berlinale 2013 Silver Bear winner about bullying is the probable nominee. We thought it would be their submission last season

KYRGYZSTAN
never nominated 
TBA
TBA

An easy choice.“Kurmandjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains”, a national epic about a powerful 19th century queen, is the biggest and most expensive domestic release ever.

 

LATVIA
never nominated
ROCKS IN MY POCKET
Signe Baumane
OFFICIAL SITE 
US Release
Sept 3rd
(Zeitgeist Films)

 
??? minutes
Latvian
Billed as "a crazy quest for sanity" this animated film looks at the genetics and the history of madness in the director's family

 

LEBANON
?
TBA
TBA

The Lebanese announced they would send Amelie-esque comedy “Ghadi”last year until that film changed its release date. Its eligible this year and will probably represent Lebanon.

LITHUANIA
never nominated
TBA
TBA

“The Gambler”dominated the Silver Crane awards this year so this thriller about a paramedic forced to extreme measures by gambling debts will probably rep the country. Documentary“Cenotaph” could also be selected.

 

LUXEMBOURG
never nominated
NEVER DIE YOUNG
Pol Cruchten
66 minutes
French
Documentary about a disabled 50 year old man who has been struggling with a heroin addiction since his teenage years
MACEDONIA
1 nomination
TBA
TBA

 “To the Hilt”, a period piece set during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire is the likely submission if they submit at all. Director Stole Popov is considered one of the country’s great filmmakers.
MALAYSIA
never nominated
TBA
TBA

The village drama "Laga" could be the one unless they look past Malaysian politics and go with a critical and financial scess that isn't about Malaysians but about Chinese immigrants called "The Journey"
MAURITANIA
never nominated
TIMBUKTU
Abdeerrahmane Sissako
97 minutes
HassaniyaArabic,
 Tamazight,French
In this significant festival hit from Cannes and TIFF a cattle herder runs into trouble with fundamentalists after a jihadist takeover

MEXICO
8 nominations
CATINFLAS
Sebastian del Amo

US Release
Pantellion Films
August 29th

??? minutes
Spanish

It's the biopic about the international star "Cantinflas" who already has an Oscar connection: he was in the cast of Best Picture winner Around the World in Eighty Days

 

 

MONTENEGRO
oscar record
THE BOYS FROM MARX AND ENGELS STREET
Nikola Vukcevic
OFFICIAL SITE 

??? minutes
Serbo-Croatian 

MOROCCO
never nominated
THE RED MOON
Hassan Benjelloun

117 minutes
Arabic

PLOT UNKNOWN

NEPAL
1 nomination
JHOLA
Yadav Kumar Bhattari
??? min
Nepali

a period film of sorts which looks back at the inhuman practice of wives having to set themselves on fire when their husband dies. A widow with a young son enters a dazed state when she has to prepare for it

 

THE NETHERLANDS
7 noms | 3 wins
ACCUSED
(aka Lucia de B.)
Paula van der Oest
OFFICIAL SITE 

97 minutes
Dutch

As predicted it's this courtroom drama (called Lucia de B. in The Netherlands) based on a true story of an attoreny who helps convict a nurse of murder an dthen regrets it. van der Oest is a previous nominee in this category for "Zus & Zo"

Not Selected: “Secrets of War”, about kids helping their Jewish classmate and his family escape the Nazis



NEW ZEALAND
never nominated


TBA
TBA

Maori-language warrior epic “The Dead Lands” will premiere in Toronto but won’t be released in NZ cinemas until October, so if that holds, it won't be eligible for submission

 

NORWAY
5 nominations
1001 GRAMS
Bent Hamer

* Reviewed *

93 minutes
French, English, Norweigan

Not Selected: Their finalist list re. but I'm sad it wasn't Blind which I loved at Sundance.

PAKISTAN
never nominated
DUKHTAR
Afia Nathaniel
minutes
Urdu
A mother and her daughter flee their home before a marriage to a tribal leader. A hunt for the pair begins in this thriller
 
Not Selected: the counter-terrorism thriller “Waar”, the most successful Pakistani film of all time.
PALESTINE TERRITORIES1 nomination
TBA
TBA

 

Their two main choices are “Palestine Stereo” (Toronto 2013), about two brothers whose happy lives are destroyed when an Israeli bombing destroys their home The other is the upcoming “Eyes of a Thief”, about a man searching for his long-lost daughter after being released from an Israeli prison. IF it's released in time. 

 

PANAMA
FIRST SUBMISSION ! 
INVASION
Abner Benaim

94 minutes
Spanish

A documentary about cultural memory and the US invasion of Panama in 1989

 

 

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