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

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia - 25 films
Pt. 2 Finland through Nepal - 30 films

THE NETHERLANDS through VIETNAM
28 official submissions on this page
Last Update 10/10/14

 

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
THE DEAD LANDS
Toa Fraser

108 minutes
Maori 

this warrior epic about a chieftain's son avenging his tribes slaughter premiered in Toronto but wasn't supposed to be in NZ cinemas until October so they must have done a qualifying release back home in order to submit it. 

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
1 nomination
EYES OF A THIEF
Najwa Naijar
98 minutes
Arabic 

 

As we suggested they chosen this drama about a Palestinian man searching for his long-lost daughter after his release from an Israeli prison. He finds much has changed in Palestinian society.

Not Selected: Palestine Stereo about two brothers whose home is destroyed in a bombing

 

 

PANAMA
FIRST SUBMISSION ! 
INVASION
Abner Benaim

94 minutes
Spanish

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

 

PERU
1 nomination
THE GOSPEL AND THE FLESH
Eduardo Mendoza de Echave

 

??? minutes
Spanish

As predicted it's El evangelio de la carne, a multi-strand drama that sounds a bit like Amores Perros.

Not Selected: The other notable possibility was “Trip to Timbuktu”, following a young middle class couple’s relationship through political times.

 

THE PHILIPPINES
never nominated
NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY
Lav Diaz

 

250 minutes
Tagalog & English

A multiple story drama exploring themes of class, crime, and family

Not Selected: Here's an article about eligible Pinoy options

POLAND
9 nominations
IDA
Pawel Pawlikowski

CAPSULE REVIEW *

US RELEASE COMPLETE
Available on DVD

82 minutes
Polish

This drama about a novice on the brink of her vows who leaves the convent to learn of her family history is brilliant and did great arthouse business in the States. Consider it a major possibility come Oscar night. 

PORTUGAL
never nominated
WHAT NOW? REMIND ME
Joaquin Pinto

* REVIEWED *

US Release
August 8th
 

164 minutes
Portuguese

AIDS documentary about the filmmaker going through experimental treatments

Not Selected: The Mais: A Story of a Portuguese Family

 

ROMANIA
never nominated
THE JAPANESE DOG
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Official Site 

86 minutes
Romanian & Japanese

 

RUSSIA
13 noms | 4 wins
LEVIATHAN
Andrey Zvyagintsev
OFFICIAL SITE 
US Release
Dec 31st
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 
140 minutes
Russian
In a surprise Russia went with this hugely acclaimed movie which was expected to win big at Cannes though it only took the screenplay prize. Why a surprise? It's very critical of Russia

 

SERBIA
never nominated
SEE YOU IN MONTEVIDEO
Dragan Bjelogrlic
Official Site 

??? minutes
Serbian, Spanish, and English 

PLOT?

SINGAPORE
never nominated
MY BELOVED DEAREST
Sanif Olek
OFFICIAL SITE 

70 minutes
Malay 

In this musical drama, a tsunami survivor is a domestic helper to a retired bitter employer

Not Selected: the teen road drama “Three Peas in a Pod” was directed by Michelle Chong, who has been their representative choice before

SLOVAKIA
never nominated
A STEP INTO THE DARK
Miloslav Luther

??? minutes
Slovak

PLOT ?

 

SLOVENIA 
never nominated
SEDUCE ME
Marko Santic
OFFICIAL SITE 

83 minutes
Slovene

An abandoned child, now 19, leaves his youth care center after nine years to begin his new life. He falls in love, searches for his father's grave and  discovers family secrets

SOUTH AFRICA
2 noms | 1 win
ELELWANI
Ntshavheni wa Luruli
OFFICIAL SITE 

98 minutes
Venda 

Two university graduates in love are refused marriage by the young woman's parents who want her to marry a local king instead.

Not Selected: “iNumberNumbr” a gritty, urban drama that was a big hit in South Africa and which stars Presley Chweneyagae who played the title role in Oscar favorite “Tsotsi”

SOUTH KOREA
never nominated
SEA FOG
Shim Song-Bo

111 minutes
Korean

a smuggling thriller in which illegal immigrants are on a fishing boat

Not Selected: The big domestic hit  “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”, an expensive historical drama set during a triumphant 16th century battle against Japan. 

SPAIN
19 noms | 4 wins
LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED
David Trueba

US RELEASE
tba
OUTSIDE PICTURES

108 minutes
Spanish

A road trip movie set in 1966 in which a teacher drives to Almeria hoping to meet John Lennon.

Spain has sent Trueba once before for Soldiers of Salamis in 2003

SWEDEN
14 noms | 3 wins
FORCE MAJEURE
Ruben Ostlund

* REVIEWED *

US RELEASE
Oct. 24th
MAGNOLIA PICTURES

118 minutes
Swedish & English

An avalanche in the French Alps disrupts a Swedish family's ski vacation in this sharp provocative comedy about male ego and grudge holdging

 

SWITZERLAND
5 noms | 2 wins
THE CIRCLE
Stephan Haupt

102 minutes
German

A teacher and a cabaret singer begin a long term relationship within an underground organization in the 50s, one of the first gay liberation communities in the world, called "Der Kreis". It won a Teddy Award at Berlinale. it's often described as a documentary but it looks fully acted. Hmmm.

Not Selected: Switzerland had a 12 film shortlist and Clouds of Sils Maria ,I'll be The Goalie and Black Brothers" were all on it.

TAIWAN
3 noms | 1 win
ICE POISON
Midi Z

95 minutes
Burmese & Mandarin

a young farmer in Myanmar and a woman looking to make a fresh start after escaping an arranged marriage are lured into the lucrative business of crystal meth

Not Selected: "Stray Dogs" was popular at festivals and former Taiwanese submission team from Seediq Bale also has a film in play called "Kano,"a baseball drama

THAILAND
never nominated
TEACHER'S DIARY
Nithiwat Tharathorn
110 minutes
Thai
Two lonely teachers, writing in the same diary (long story) fall in love with the other. Will they ever meet?
 
Not Selected: “The Last Executioner”,was the best-reviewed Thai film of the year. a biopic of the man tasked with shooting Thailand’s condemned prisoners by firing squad.

TURKEY
never nominated
WINTER SLEEP 
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

US RELEASE
Dec 19th
Adopt Films

196 minutes
Turkish

This year's Palme D'Or winner is the fourth Oscar submission from Turkey directed by Ceylan. He came closest to a nomination in 2008 with Three Monkeys (made the finalist list)

UKRAINE
never nominated
THE GUIDE
Oles Sanin

124 minutes
Ukranian 

Old Person / Young Person Drama Alert (Oscar loves those). Set in the industrialized Soviet Union of the 1930s during Big Hunger and "the liquidation of intellectuals". An American communist is killed and his young son becomes the guide for a blind minstrel. 

Not Selected: They didn't go with the festival sensation The Tribe, a film with no dialogue and no subtitles about the surprising subculture at a school for the deaf. 

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM
oscar record
LITTLE HAPPINESS
Nihat Seven

116 minutes
Turkish 

Synopsis don't convey much beyond social drama of small lives and a woman suffering.

Not Selected: Oops. We thought it was going to either be Letters to Sofija”, set in pre-independence Lithuania, or “Lilting” a gay drama about a British man (Ben Whishaw) mourning his dead Chinese lover and trying to connect with his mother who speaks no English. (Reviewed here)

URUGUAY
oscar record
MR KAPLAN
Alvaro Brechner
OFFICIAL SITE 

??? minutes
Spanish

Uruguay loves droll comedies so we predicted it'd bve this film about an elderly Jewish man convinced his neighbor is a runaway Nazi. Correct!

Not Selected: “The Militant”, about a student activist.

VENEZUELA
never nominated
THE LIBERATOR
Alberto Arvelo
REVIEWED *
US RELEASE
Oct 3rd
COHEN MEDIA GROUP
 
 
119 minutes
Spanish, French, English
This historical drama is about Simon Bolivar who fought 100 battles against the Spanish army in South America.
Not Selected: the gay
pre-teen drama "Bad Hair" which reportedly came close to being selected. It's really special so see it if you can.

 

 

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

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia
Pt. 2 Finland through Nepal
Pt. 3 The Netherlands through Venezuela