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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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PART TWO - France through Morocco
29 Official Submissions
Updated November 29th

HQ - Predictions & Trivia
PT 1 Afghanistan to Finland - 24 Official Submissions Thus Far
PT 3 Nepal to Vietnam - 28 Official Submissions Thus Far

 

France
3 Honorarys | 37 noms | 9 wins
MUSTANG
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Official Site

Review,

Reviewed Again, Interview

97 minutes
Turkish

This co-production with Turkey is about sisters and is being compared to The Virgin Suicides. It'll be interesting to see if the Academy is okay with this submission since the director and actors and language are all Turkish.

Not Selected:
The other finalists were Marguerite (a biopic), Dheepan (the Palme d'or winner), The Measure of a Man and Summertime 

UH OH
They have not been nominated since Un Prophete (2009), their longest dry spell of all time

Georgia
1 nom | 0 wins
MOIRA
Levan Tutberidze
Official Site | Trailer

95 minutes
Georgian 

Nominated for their first submission (A Chef in Love, 1996) but not again since. Pulled off a big surprise last year by making the finalist list. Can they do it twice in a row?

I believe this film is a family drama with the brothers mixed up in crime but it's hard to find much info on it.

Germany
18 noms | 3 wins
LABYRINTH OF LIES
Giulio Ricciarelli
Official Site

NOW PLAYING IN US
Our Review

Interview, and Alexander Fehling

124 minutes
German

A lawyer investigates unpunished war crimes a generation after WW II. Scribble this down on your Strong Contenders list!

Greece
5 noms | 0 wins
XENIA
Panos H Koutras
Official Site  

NOW PLAYING IN US

134 minutes
Greek 

Greece used to be predictable with automatic submissions based on festival wins but that has changed.  Xenia is a colorful wild LGBT film about brothers searching for their father after their mother passes away. Oscar rarely nominates gay films in this category but there's always hoping

Guatemala
never nominated
IXCANUL VOLCANO
Jayro Bustamante
Official Site

Review

100 minutes
Spanish 

This film is about a 17 year old girl who lives near the active volcano and dreams of seeing the city. Our friend Nick absolutely loved it at TIFF

 

Hong Kong
2 noms | 0 wins
TO THE FORE
Dante Lam
Official Site | Trailer

125 minutes
Mandarin

This cycling drama reunites the director and muscle hottie star (Eddie Peng) of the  mixed martial arts smash Unbeatable which we previously reviewed 

Not Selected:
I was predicting the Aaron Kwok police drama Port of Call but it's always tough to know since it's a strong film industry

Hungary
9th nomination | 1 win
SON OF SAUL
László Nemes
Official Site

Review

SPC
US Release Dec 18th
 

107 minutes
Hungarian, German, Polish, Yiddish

A man working the furnace in Auschwitz thinks he sees his own son in the flames. SPC has made it clear that they're really behind this one so expect a ton of campaigning.

Iceland
1 nom | 0 wins
RAMS
Grímur Hákonarson
Official Site 

Cohen Media Group
Feb 2016
 

93 minutes
Icelandic

A film about elderly estranged brothers who have to reunite to save their sheep.

Not Selected: Sparrows, which played festivals and a film called Virgin Mountain which made the EFA list

India
3 noms | 0 wins
COURT
Chaitanya Tamhane
Official Site | Trailer

116 minutes 
Marathi 

Zeitgeist Films
Played this past summer

This drama looks at the Indian legal system through the story of an folk singer. 

Iran
2 noms | 1 win
MUHAMMAD, MESSENGER OF GOD
Majid Majidi

178 minutes
Arabic, English, Persian 

Majidi was previously nominated in this category for Children of Heaven. This is the controversial first installment of a planned biopic trilogy since depictions of the prophet are prohibited in some countries.

Not Selected:
The other finalists were:  A Long Goodbye,  Melbourne, What's the Time in Your World?, Crazy Castle, Thirteen, Track 143, Fish & Cat, Tales, I am Diego Maradona 

 

Iraq
never nominated
MEMORIES ON STONE
Shawkat Amin Korki
Official Site 

Review

93 minutes
Kurdish

This is a historical drama about two friends investigatin the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq back in 1988. It won the Best Film From the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Ireland
never nominated
VIVA
Paddy Breathnach

100 minutes
Spanish

This is a coproduction with and set in Cuba but because the director is Irish, they're claiming it. It involves a young man who wants to become a drag performer and his boxer father who doesnt understand.

 


Israel
10 noms | 0 wins
BABA JOON
Yuval Deshad
Official Site | Trailer

91 minutes
Persian, Hebrew

They usually send the Ophir winner and this year's submission about a father and son and turkey farm is no exception. 

Italy
28 noms | 11 wins | 3 honoraries
DON'T BE BAD (NON ESSERE CATTIVO)
Claudio Caligari

100 minutes
Italian 

This film is about two hard partying friends in 1990's Ostia. Caligari cites Pier Paolo Pasolini as an influence on the film. 

Not selected: Leopardi, Latin Lover, The Wait, You Can't Save Yourself Alone, Sworn Virgin, and For Your Love. The two most high profile finalists were 
  
Mia Madre and  Blood of My Blood.

Ivory Coast
1 nom | 1 win
RUN
Philippe Lacôte

??? minutes
???

synopsis

 

 

Japan
12 noms | 1 win | 3 honoraries
100 YEN LOVE
Masaharu Take
Official Site | Trailer

113 minutes
Japanese 

This is a family comedy about a shut-in daughter who decides to move out of her parent's home

Not Selected:
Hirokazu Koreeda's
Our Little Sister -they've only sent him once for Nobody Knows (2004) but Japan often ignores their arthouse exports when submitting for some reason

Jordan
1st nomination
THEEB
Naji Abu Nowar
Official Site 

Interview

100 minutes
Arabic

Open in NY & LA Nov 6th/13th
 

in this World War I set film  a Bedouin boy takes a dangerous journey across the desert with a British officer

Kazakhstan
1 nom | 0 wins
STRANGER
Ermek Tursunov
Official Site | Trailer

105 minutes
Kazakh 

a young man living off the land in the Steppes goes to live with wolves. This is playing at TIFF

Kosovo
never nominated
BABAI
Visar Morina
Official Site | Trailer 

104 minutes
Albanian

This one is about a 10 year old boy who is abandoned by his father (Babai means father) who is seeking a better life in Germany. It's also on the EFA longlist

Kyrgyzstan
never nominated
HEAVENLY NOMADIC
Mirlan Abdykalykov
Official Site 

81 minutes
Kyrgyz

This reportedly visually majestic drama from the actor turned director (whose father is also a filmmaker -- Mirlan previously starred in a few Kyrgyz Oscar submissions) is about a horse herding family who lives in the high mountains

 

Latvia
never nominated
MODRIS
Juris Kursietis
Official Site 

98 minutes
Latvian, Russian 

This year they went with a drama about a teenage boy with a gambling problem and a difficult relationship with his mother

Not selected:
 Romeo & Juliet from a twice submitted director Maris Martinson

Lebanon
never nominated
VOID
7 Different Directors
Official Site | Trailer 

??? minutes
Arabic

IMDb suggest that this movie was released in Lebanon in November 2013 which should make it ineligible for submission. We'll see. It's about three generations of women waiting for men in their life who disappeared in the war. (Lebanon has been submitting since 1978)

 

Lithunia
never nominated
THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE
Alanté Kavaïté
Official Site

88 minutes
Lithuanian 

Lithuania began submitting in 2006 but hasn't made the finalist list yet Despite Oscar AND Lithuania's resistance to gay issues they selected the acclaimed lesbian drama. It's also on the EFA longlist

Not selected:
Master and Tatyana

Luxembourg
never nominated
BABY (A)LONE
Donato Rotunno
Official Site | Trailer

90 minutes
Luxembourgish 

This is a youth drama, along the lines of thirteen about growing up too fast. Luxembourg began submitting in 1997 but so far no luck

Macedonia
1 nom | 0 wins
HONEY NIGHT
Ivo Trajkov
Official Site | Trailer

89 minutes
Macedonian 

A marital thriller about a Deputy Minister involved in a political scandal and his wife. It takes place in a single night.

Macedona was nominated for its very first entry Before the Rain (1994) but no favor since then

 

Malaysia
never nominated
MEN WHO SAVE THE WORLD
Liew Sing Tat
Official Site | Trailer

94 minutes
Malay 

A shadow in a house is mistaken for a ghost in this quaint village comedy.

Submitting irregularly since 2004

Mexico
8 noms | 0 wins
600 MILES
Gabriel Ripstein
Official Site 

85 minutes
Spanish, English

Submitting since 1957. This year Mexico chose a cartel thriller co-starring Oscar nominee Tim Roth.

Not Selected

The other finalists were:Four Moons, Echo of the Mountain, Eddie Reynolds y Los Angeles de Acero, Elvira, One for the Road, Gloria, The Thin Yellow Line, La Tirisia, El Tiempo Suspendido, Tiempos Felices, Una Ultima Y Nos Vamos, A Separate Wind, Estrella Solitarias

Montenegro
never nominated
YOU CARRY ME
Ivona Juka
Official Site | Trailer

155 minutes
Croatian 

Multiple stories about survival, forgiveness, and new opportunities. In one a young girl dreams of becoming a football manager.

Morocco
never nominated
AIDA
Driss Mrini
Trailer 

??? minutes
Arabic 

 

A Jewish music teacher in Paris with a possibly fatal tumor decides to return to Morocco to reconnect with her roots

 CONTINUE ON TO...

 Afghanistan to Finland 
24 Submissions
Norway to Vietnam 
28 Submissions

Countries That Did Not Submit This Year: Armenia , Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Bolivia, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritania, Moldovia

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