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

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Estonia
Pt. 3 The Netherlands through Venezuela

 

Finland through Nepal
30 Official Submissions on this page
Most Recent Update: 10/10/14


 

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
SAINT LAURENT
Bertrand Bonello
OFFICIAL SITE 

* REVIEWED *

US RELEASE
TBA 2015
Sony Pictures Classics 

150 minutes
French 

A biopic of the designer - not to be confused with the competing biopic Yves Saint Laurent. This one stars Gaspard Ulliel and will be released next year

GEORGIA
1 nomination
CORN ISLAND
Giorgi Ovashvili

100 minutes
Georgian, Russian, Abkhaz

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

* REVIEWED

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

 

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

US RELEASE
TBA
Magnolia Pictures 

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
LIFE IN A FISHBOWL
Baldvin Zophoníasson

* REVIEWED*

130 min
Icelandic, English 

A waiter/prostitute, a banker, and a poet's lives collide in this drama

INDIA
3 nominations
LIAR'S DICE
Geethu Mohandas
OFFICIAL SITE 

104 minutes
Hindi

A young woman leaves her village with daughter in tow in search of her missing husband. An army deserter helps them but can he be trusted?

INDONESIA
never nominated
SOEKARNO
Hanung Bramantyo
OFFICIAL SITE 

??? minutes
Indonesian

A biopic of Indonesia's president, Ir. Soekarno in the 1940s and Indonesia's struggle with colonization and eventual Declaration of Independence 

 

IRAN
2 noms | 1 win
TODAY
Reza Mirkarimi

88 minutes
Persian 

a taxi driver takes a pregnant woman to the hospital in Mirkarimi's latest (Trivia Note: Last year when Iran decided to boycott the Oscars, he was also supposed to be their representing director) 

Not Selected: Iran had a ten film short list 

IRAQ
never nominated
MARDAN
Batin Ghobadi

110 minutes
Kurdish

A debut film about a police officer recalling traumatic childhood memories while searching for a missing man in the mountains

IRELAND
never nominated
THE GIFT
Tommy Collins

113 minutes
Irish & English

I believe this is a movie compiled from a longer TV series of the same name so I'm surprised that it's eligible.  It's a crime thriller about a lifeboat crew on the West coast of Ireland

ISRAEL
10 nominations
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz

US RELEASE
TBA
Music Box Films 

115 minutes
Hebrew, French, Arabic

Though The Farewell Party (reviewed)  and Zero Motivation (reviewed) won more Ophir Awards, it was the biopic Gett, which took Best Picture to become Israel's submission

ITALY
3 Honoraries
27 noms | 10 wins
HUMAN CAPITAL
Paolo Virzi

??? minutes
Italian

a drama about the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident. “Capital” even beat last year's Oscar winner “Great Beauty” at the Donatello Awards

Not Selected: “The Wonders” (Jury Prize, Cannes), a quirky family drama reviewed here.

 

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 possibility

KOSOVO
FIRST SUBMISSION!!!
THREE WINDOWS AND A HANGING
Isa Qosja

??? minutes
Albanian

Set in 2000 a year after the war, a school teacher tells a journalist that she and other women were raped by Serbian forces.

 

 

 

KYRGYZSTAN
never nominated 
KURMANJAN DATKA QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAINS
Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

An easy choice: a national epic about a powerful 19th century queen, their biggest 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
never nominated
GHADI
Amin Dora

100 minutes
Arabic 

As predicted they sent this Amelie-esque comedy about a boy who people think is an angel. (They had intended to send it last year but it moved back its release date at home.)

 

 

LITHUANIA
never nominated
THE GAMBLER
Ignas Jonynas

109 minutes
Lithuanian

As predicted it's a thriller about a paramedica forced to extreme measures by gambling debts. It dominated the Silver Crane awards

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
TO THE HILT
Stole Popov
OFFICIAL SITE 
??? minutes
Macedonian
 

 As predicted it's this period piece set during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. Director Stole Popov is considered one of the country’s great filmmakers.

 

MALTA
FIRST SUBMISSION!
SIMSHAR
Rebecca Cremona

105 minutes
Maltese & English

A shipwreck leaves a young man stranded in the mediterannean - politics between countries complicate the rescue

MAURITANIA

FIRST SUBMISSION!
TIMBUKTU
Abdeerrahmane Sissako


97 minutes
Hassaniya, Arabic,
 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

106 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

MOLDOVA
never nominated
THE UNSAVED
Igor Cobileanski

80 minutes
Romanian

A young man in a small town in the Republic of Moldova gets mixed up in drug dealing

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

??? minutes
Serbo-Croatian 

The lives of two brothers, the much older, who kills a man, and the much younger who is losing his virginity, cross on the same day

MOROCCO
never nominated
THE RED MOON
Hassan Benjelloun

117 minutes
Arabic

A biopic of the singer/songwriter Abdeslam Amer, whose life was beset by health problems and political opposition to his "subversive" songs

NEPAL
1 nomination
JHOLA
Yadav Kumar Bhattari
90 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

 

 

 

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