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LAST CHART UPDATE  SEPT 13TH, 2019
Part Three: Pakistan through Yemen
Current predictions | Afghanistan through GeorgiaGermany through Norway 


Pakistan
never nominated
(first submitted in 1959, began regular submissions in 2013) 

LAAI KABOOTAR
Kamal Khan

102 minutes
Urdu 

An action thriller about a man looking to escape the city and a woman looking for revenge. 

Palestine
2 nominations
(submitting since 2003)

IT MUST BE HEAVEN
Elia Suleiman

97 minutes
Arabic, French, and English

No US distribution Yet

The writer/director also stars in this travelogue of sorts where he makes observations. It received a special mention at Cannes 

Panama
never nominated
(submitting since 2014)

EVERYBODY CHANGES
Arturo Montenegro
Trailer 

??? minutes
Spanish 

No US distribution yet

A family drama in which the father plans to undero gender reassignment surgery

Paraguay
never nominated
(submitting since 2015)

TBA
TBA

More to come 

Peru
1 nomination (submitting since 1967)

RETABLO
Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio

??? min
Quechua

A teenage boy who wants to follow in his father's footsteps discovers a secret about him that shatters his world. 

 

The Philippines
never nominated (submitting since 1956)

TBA
TBA

Despite submitting in the very first foreign film year and 29 times in total, they're still waiting on a first nod. They supposedly already have a finalist list but it's escaped our eyes for now. 

Poland
10 nominations | 1 win (submitting since 1963)

CORPUS CHRISTI
Jan Komasa

115 minutes
Polish 

Drama about a juvenile delinquet with a spiritual awakening who decides to become a small-town parish. We've heard great things about the performance from the 27 year old leading man Bartosz Bielenia.

Portugal
never nominated* (submitting since 1980)

DOMAIN (A HERDADE)
Tiago Guedes

166 minutes
Portuguese

This is a nearly three hour epic about a wealthy landowning family in Portugal.

Portugal holds the unhappy distinction of having the most submissions without a nomination. They've submitted 35 times to date. 

Romania
never nominated (submitting since 1966)

THE WHISTLERS
Corneliu Porumboiu

97 minutes
Romanian, English, and Spanish 

US release in 2020 from Magnolia

A heist thriller starring Vlad Ivanov (Snowpiercer, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days) about a police offcier and a secret whistling language. Porumboiu was submitted previously for his comedy Police, Adjective. 

Russia
16 noms | 4 wins*

TBA
TBA

More to come 

* This number includes the Soviet Union stats. Without those previoius films its 7 noms and 1 win since 1992

 

Saudi Arabia
never nominated (submitting since 2013)

TBA
TBA

More to come 

Senegal
never nominated (submitting since)

TBA
TBA

Senegal has only submitted once with Félicité (2017). We hope they will submit again this year to send Atlantique, a big hit at Cannes which will stream on Netflix zsoon

Serbia
never nominated (submitting since 1994)

KING PETER OF SERBIA
Petar Ristovski

125 minutes
Serbian 

A biopic of a man who was banished from Serbia only to return and secure parliamentary democracy for the country. The same director also made an 11 episode TV version of this story though we dont know if this uses the same actors and footage.

Singapore
never nominated (first submitted in 1959, then in 2005 and frequently since)
TBA
TBA

More to come

Slovakia
never nominated*
submitting since 1993

LET THERE BE LIGHT
Marko Skop
Official Site

93 minutes
Slovak

A family drama  about a construction worker who realizes his son has joined a paramilitary youth group.

*One Slovak film was nominated when they were still part of Czechoslovakia:  The Shop on Main Street (1965)

 

Slovenia
never nominated (submitting since 1993)

HISTORY OF LOVE
Sonja Prosenc
Official Facebook

105 minutes
Slovenian & English

No US Distribution Yet

A family drama about a mother's death. The hearing disabled daughter realizes she'd been keeping secrets from her children. 

South Africa
2 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1989)

KNUCKLE CITY
Jahmil XT Qubeka

124 minutes
Xhosa

No US Distribution Yet

A crime drama about the two sons of a legendary boxer, one who becomes a boxer the other a criminal.

 

South Korea
never nominated (submitting since 1962)

PARASITE
Bong Joon-ho
Official Site 

132 minutes
Korean 

Opening in the US on October 11th from Neon

This year's Palme D'Or winner from Cannes is a brilliant black comedy about a con-artist family and the wealthy world they infiltrate from the South Korean master behind Snowpiercer, Mother, Okja, and more...

Spain
19 noms | 4 wins (submitting since 1956)

PAIN AND GLORY
Pedro Almodóvar

113 minutes
Spanish

Opens in the US on October 4th from Sony Pictures Classics

Almodovar won this category previously for All About My Mother. His latest is personal drama about a film director reaching the end of his career and recalling his youth. (Spain is in its longest dry spell ever with no nominations since The Sea Inside in 2004.

Not Selected: the other two finalists were the animated feature Bunuel in the labyrinthy of the turtles, and While at War by Alejandro Amenabar

Sweden
16 noms | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

AND THEN WE DANCED 
Levan Akin

105 minutes
Georgian

Opening in the US in 2020 from Music Box Films

Levan Akin is a Swedish director of Georgian descent. This gay romantic drama about dancers takes place in Georgia. Sweden hasn't won since Fanny & Alexander (1983)

Not Selected: The other finalists this year were sci-fi drama Aniara and thriller Quick

 

Switzerland
5 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

WOLKENRUCH'S WONDROUS JOURNEY INTO THE ARMS OF A SHIKSA 
Michael Steiner
Official Site 

90 minutes 
German, Yiddish, Hebrew

No US Distribution Yet

A comedy about an orthodox Jew whose mother wants him to marry a woman just like her.

Syria
never nominated
(submitting since 2017)

TBA
TBA

Will they submit again or was that a fluke in 2017?

Taiwan
3 noms | 1 win (submitting since 1957)

DEAR EX
Mag Hsu & Hsu Chih-Yen

100 minutes
Mandarin

Currently streaming on Netflix

This is about a widow and her late husband's boyfriend. It won 3 Golden Horse Awards 

* Taiwan's entire Oscar history comes from Ang Lee.

Thailand
never nominated (submitting since 1984)

TBA
TBA

More to come

Tunisia
never nominated (submitting infrequently since 1995)

DEAR SON
Mohamed Ben Attia

104 minutes
Arabic

No US Distribution Yet

A couple with high hopes for their son realizes he has joined ISIS

 

 

Turkey
never nominated (submitting since 1964...and every year without fail since 2005)

COMMITMENT
Semih Kaplanoglu
Official Twitter 

135 minutes
Turkish 

No US Distribution Yet

This is the first in a planned trilogy of film. It's about a mother and a nanny she hires (who also just had a baby)

Ukraine
1 nom*
(submitting since 1997)

HOMEWARD
Narimen Aliev
Facebook Page 

96 minutes
Tatar, Ukrainian, Russian 

No US Distribution Yet

This bleak drama is about a father and son transporting their dead son/brother back to their homeland of Crimea

 

Uganda
first submission!

KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE
Steve T Ayeny

??? minutes
Acholi & Kiswahili 

No US Distribution Yet

This is a drama about two kis who fall in love during a tumultous war-filled period.

Uruguay
never nominated*
(submitting since 1992)

THE MONEYCHANGER
Federico Veiroj

97 minutes
Spanish 

No US Distribution Yet

A dramedy covering two decades in the life of a man caught up in book-cooking schemes. Daniel Hendler stars

Venezuela
never nominated (submitting since 1978)
TBA
TBA

More to come

 

Vietnam
1 nomination
(submitting since 1993)

TBA
TBA

More to come

Yemen
never nominated (submitting since 2016)

TBA
TBA

More to come

STATS and PREDICTIONS

• AFGHANISTAN through GEORGIA 

• GERMANY through NORWAY