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

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Part 3 - NEPAL through VIETNAM
28 official submissions

updated on November 29th

Afghanistan to Finland - 24 Official Submissions Thus Far
France to Morocco - 29 Official Submissions Thus Far
HQ - Predictions and Trivia 

 

Nepal
1 nom | 0 wins
TALAKJUNG VS TULKE
Nischal Basnet
Trailer

90 minutes
Nepali 

Cinemaflix
September 4th in US

A revolution disrupts the life of a village and a day laborer in this drama. Nepal submits irregularly but were nominated on their first try for Caravan (1999)

The Netherlands
7 noms | 3 wins
PARADISE SUITE
Joost van Ginkel
Official Site | Trailer

118 minutes
English, Bulgarian, Swedish

six interconnected people  influence each other's lives

Not Selected:
Mike Van Diem a previous Oscar winner (Character, 1997)  finally made a second film. It's called The Surprise

Norway
5 noms | 0 wins
THE WAVE
Roar Uthaug
Official Site | Trailer 

Review

104 minutes
Norwegian

The director was previously nominated for a Student Academy Award and his features, including this one (Norway's first disaster movie), have been big hits at home. 

Not selected
The finalists were incest drama Homesick & Returning Home a debut film about sons searching for their father who goes missing in a hunt

Pakistan
never nominated
MOOR
Jami
Official Site | Trailer 

133 minutes
Urdu, Pashto

A father and son must deal with corruption in society and their own home with the family's mother dies.

Palestine
1 nom | 0 wins
THE WANTED 18
Paul Cowan & Amer Shomali
Official Site | Trailer 

75 minutes
Arabic

Debuting on Vudu Shortly

Here's an unusual submission: an animated documentary about the Israeli army's pursuit of "national threat" cows on a Palestinian collective farm 

Synopsis

 

Paraguay
FIRST SUBMISSION!
CLOUDY TIMES
Arami Ullón
Official Site | Trailer

92 minutes
Spanish 

A documentary about the filmmaker returning home to care for his mother. Paraguay has an emerging film industry and they had four films to choose from this year for their first submission.

Peru
1 nom | 0 wins
NN
Héctor Gálvez

95 minutes
Spanish 

a forensics team struggles to identify a body from a mass grave

Not Selected
Climas a debut film about three women at different stages of their lives

The Philippines
never nominated
HENERAL LUNA
Jerrold Tarog
Official Site | Trailer 

Interview

118 minutes
Filipino

Submitting since 1953 and regularly since 1995 but still no nomination. Their latest attempt is with this military biopic.

Not Selected:
The other films they were considering were Trap (Brillante Mendoza), From What is Before (Lav Diaz) Kid Kulafu (a sports bio from Paul Soriano), and the film I was hoping for because it sounded the most interesting: Crocodile (Francis Cavier Pasion) about an older woman whose daughter is attacked by the titular beast

Poland
10 noms | 1 win
11 MINUTES
Jerzy Skolimowski
Official Site

83 minutes
Polish

This one is a thriller that follows the lives of several characters during the exact same 11 minutes 

 

Poland finally won on their 10th nomination (Ida), leaving Israel alone as the most nominated country without a win. Following their win what will they choose. The Best Picture nominees at the Polish Oscars were  Gods (Bogowie) from Lukasz Palkowski about Poland's first human heart transplant the documentary Powstanie Warszawksie (which won), Warsaw '44 a war drama, and Jack Strong though that spy drama is partially in English (Patrick Wilson and his gorgeous Polish wife Dagmara Dominczyck are in the cast)

Portugal
never nominated
ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOL 2 - THE DESOLATE ONES
Miguel Gomes

Our Review

132 minutes
Portugueuse 

Kino Lorber
US Release TBA 

Gomes three movie opus which address Portugal's austerity measures in separate stories does not need to be viewed in any particular order. Volume 2 is said to be the most entertaining and has three individual stories within it (to make things even more confusing about what this trilogy is) and the last portion is the one with the poodle who won the "Palme DOG" at Cannes this year

 

Romania
never nominated
AFERIM!
Radu Jude
Official Site | Trailer 

108 minutes
Romanian, Turkish

Big World 
US Release TBA 

An adventure film set in the 19th century when about a policeman searching for a gypsy slave who ran from a noble's estate. (Despite much critical attention for Romanian cinema, Oscar has thus far ignored it.)

Not SelectedHigh profile titles that weren't submitted for some reason were One Floor Below and The Treasure

 

Russia
14 noms | 4 wins*
SUNSTROKE
Nikita Mikhalkov

175 minutes
Russian 

This is the sixth time Russia has submitted a Mikhalkov film. The esteemed director was a very controversial choice in 2011 since few thought his film was any good. He previously won  the Oscar for Burnt by the Sun (1994) and was also nominated for Close to Eden (1992) and 12  (2007)

*these stat include the former Soviet Union's Russian nominees (which were all but one of them)

Serbia
never nominated
ENCLAVE
Goran Radovanović
Official Site

92 minutes
Serbian, Albanian 

this is about small communities of Serbs who live in isolation in Kosovo and Metohija

 

Singapore
never nominated
7 LETTERS
Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong, Erik Khoo, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng,K Rajagopal

This is seven short films celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore through various stories from 7 of their most acclaimed directors

Slovakia
1 nom / 1 win*
GOAT
Ivan Ostrochovsky
Official Site

75 minutes
Slovak, Czech 

* Slovakia's only nomination came as part of the original Czechoslokakia before the country split into two separate entities Czech Republic and Slovakia. But of the former Oscar nominees from the original country, only one was Slovakian and that was The Shop of Main Street (1965) which won the Oscar.

 

Slovenia
never nominated
THE TREE
Sonja Prosenc

90 minutes
Slovenian

a chamber piece drama

South Africa
2 noms | 1 win
THE TWO OF US
Ernest Nkosi
Official Site

94 minutes
Zulu 

Synopsis

South Korea
never nominated
THE THRONE
Lee Joon-ik
Official Site | Trailer 

125 minutes
Korean

Submitting since 1962, and regularly since 2000. Still no nomination. This historical drama about a prince's murder is from the director of The King and the Clown, which was an Oscar submission 10 years back

Spain
19 nom | 4 wins
FLOWERS
Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga
Official Site | Trailer

Interview

99 minutes
Basque 

A woman begins to receive a bouqet of flowers every week without a note attached. This is the first time Spain has ever submitted a film in the Basque language and the first Basque language film nominated for Best Picture at the Goyas (Spain's Oscars)

Not Selected:
The other two finalists were  Magical Girl which won the Golden Shell in San Sebastian and Felices 140

Sweden
14 noms | 3 wins
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
Roy Andersson
Official Site | Trailer 

Our Review 

101 minutes
Swedish

Magnolia Pictures US Release completed

Andersson's latest feature built from absurdist tableau vignettes won the Golden Lion in Venice. It's awesome. Also up for EFA's People Choice prize.

 

Switzerland
5 noms | 2 wins
iRAQI ODYSSEY
Samir
Official Site | Trailer 

162 minutes
Arabic, English, German, Russian

An unexpected choice from Switzerland. It's a nearly 3 hour Arabic 3-D documentary from an Iraqi expat looking at the history of his family scattered across the world.

Not Selected
The other finalists were Chrieg, Pause, L'Oasis des Mendiants , Dora Oder Die Sexuellen Neurosen Unserer Eltern, La Vanité  which co-stars Carmen Maura (!), and Bouboule 

Taiwan
3 noms | 1 win*
THE ASSASSIN
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Official Site 

NOW PLAYING IN US
Review

107 minutes
Mandarin

Will Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) sacrifice the man she loves (Chang Chen) or break with her Order of Assassins? People are raving about this films exquisite beauty already. Will Oscar mind not being able to follow the story?

 *all Oscar stats for this country come from Ang Lee films!

Thailand
never nominated
HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (Also known as: PI CHAI MY HERO)
Josh Kim
Official Site | Trailer

80 minutes
Thai 

a coming of age story of two brothers, the older one of whom may be drafted. This is one of the few LGBT stories in the mix this year. 

 

Turkey
never nominated
SIVAS
Kaan Mujdeci
Official Site

97 minutes
Turkish

an 11 year old boy saves a sheep dog from death. Turkey has been submitting since 1964 and regularly since 1989. Still no nomination

United Kingdom
2 nominations
UNDER MILK WOOD
Kevin Allen
Official Site 

??? minutes
Welsh, English

This is an adaptation of the famous play (yes the one that was also a Liz Taylor movie)  starring Rhys Ifans  

 

Uruguay
1 nom | 0 wins*
A MOONLESS NIGHT
German Tejeira
Official Site

Interview

78 minutes
Spanish 

This dramedy, set during the holidays is about three lonely people in rural Uruguay. It won a big prize at the Zurick film festival last year.

* Uruguay's sole nominee A Place in the World (1992) was disqualfied after its nomination

Venezuela
never nominated
GONE WITH THE RIVER
Mario Crespo
Official Site | Trailer 

104 minutes
Spanish

A clash between modernity and traditions for a young woman named Dauna (Yordana Medrano)

Vietnam
1 nomination
JACKPOT
Dustin Nguyen

A comedy about a lottery winner

Vietnam was nominated for their first submission The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) but no luck since

CONTINUE ON TO...

 Afghanistan to Finland 
24 Submissions
France to Morocco
29 Submissions Thus Far

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

Films That We Believed Were Submitted That Vanished
Panama's Box 25 and China's Wolf Totem 

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