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We will fill in news as it happens...until we have the final submission list and our trademark chart will be as detailed as you've grown accustomed to. 

most recent update: October 14th, 2011

ALBANIA to IRELAND

THERE ARE 63 FINALISTS THIS YEAR. 

For a quicker survey, here are our "way too soon" predictions (without seeing the films). More to come obviously. In the meantime, follow articles on this year's Oscar race.

Links to Official Sites will be added this weekend
PLEASE EXCUSE A FULL BLANK SPOTS - AND MESSY CODING --  AS WE FILL IN DETAILS / SPRUCE UP CHARTS THIS WEEKEND
ALBANIA
never nominated 
"Amnesty"
Buyar Alimani
ARGENTINA
6 noms | 2 wins 
"Aballay"
Fernando Spiner
AUSTRIA
3 noms | 1 win
"Breathing (Atmen)" 
Karl Markovics 
BELGIUM
5 nominations
"Bullhead" 
Michaël R Roskam
BOSNIA & HERSEGOVINA
1 nom | 1 win
"Belvedere"
Ahmen Imamovic
Details
83 min | Albanian
Genre
drama
Starring
tba
Synopsis
tba
Additional Info
The original submission "Forgiveness of Blood" was not deemed "Albanian enough"  marking the second time that Joshua Marston has been booted from this category (this happened to him previously with Maria Full of Grace. The country resubmitted)
Details
tba
Genre
tba
Starring
Tba
Synopsis
tba.
Additional Info
This wasn't originally announced as a finalist. They skipped over Widows, Bayo Hill, Cowboy and The Student to submit it. 
Details
unknown min | German
Genre
Drama
Starring
Thomas Schubert (who won Best Actor presented by Angelina Jolie! at the Sarajevo Fest)
Synopsis
a 19 year old suffers guilt from past crimes after being released from prison.
Details
124 min | Dutch & French
Genre
Crime Thriller
Starring
Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Synopsis
Cattle farmers, illegal growth hormones and the mafia
Additional Info
a controversial selection as there was a Dardenne Brothers movie available (The Kid With A Bike).
Details
90 min | Bosnian
Genre
Post War Drama
Starring
Jasna Diklic
Synopsis
a widow of the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina searching for the remains of her husband and son. It's a portrait of war's troubled aftermath.  
BRAZIL
4 nominations
"Elite Squad 2"
Jose Padilha 
BULGARIA
never nominated
"Tilt" 
Viktor Chouchkov 
CANADA 
5 noms | 1 win
"Monsieur Lazhar"
Philippe Falardeau
CHILE
never nominated
"Violeta"
Andres Wood
CHINA
2 nominations
"The Flowers of War"
Zhang Yimou
  Details
115 min | Portuguese
Genre
Prison /Crime Drama
Starring
Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro (and Seu Jorge from The Life Aquatic)
Synopsis
Corrupt officers versus violent criminals in Rio de Janeiro 
Additional Info
The subtitle is "The Enemy Within". It's now the highest grossing film in Brazilian history
Details
94 min | Bulgarian
Genre
Social Drama
Starring
Yavor Baharov and Radina Kardjilova
Synopsis
A late 80s/early 90s era rowdy youth drama. 
Additional Info
It's a huge hit in its homeland 
Details
unknown min | French
Genre
Immigration Drama
Starring
Monhamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx
Synopsis 
An Algerian is hired to replace a recently deceased elementary school teacher 
Additional Info
This is based on a play.
  Details
unknown min | Spanish
Genre
Biopic
Starring
Francisca Gavilán, Gabriela Aguilera
Synopsis 
a portrait of the politically active Chilean musician and artist 
Details
unknown min | Chinese, Mandarin, Japanese, English
Genre
War
Starring
Christian Bale, Shigiyo Kobayashi
Synopsis 
Details the Nanjing massacre in 1937. Christian Bale plays a priest. More on this film 
COLOMBIA
never nominated
"The Colors of the Mountain"
Carlose César Arbeláez
CROATIA
never nominated
"72 Days"
Danilo Serbedzija
CUBA
1 nomination
"Habanastation"
Ian Padron
  CZECH REPUBLIC
8 noms | 3 wins
"Alois Nebel"
Tomas Lunak 
 DENMARK 
8 noms | 3 wins
"SuperClásico"
Ole Christian Madsen 
 Details
90 min | Spanish
Genre
Drama
Starring
Hernán Mauricio Ocampo
Synopsis
Young Manuel won't give up his football when it lands in a minefield. The film looks at children in the dangerous crossfire between rebels and military in Colombia. 
Additional Info
The lead child performance is supposedly very good.

 Details
unknown min | Spanish
Genre
Sociopolitical Drama
Synopsis 
Details the growing social inequalities in Cuba by looking at two young boys who are classmates.
Additional Info
YouTube has the whole film for those who speak Spanish. 
 
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Details
99 min | Danish, Spanish, English
Genre
Marital Comedy
Starring
Paprika Steen one of our favorites and Anders Berthelsen
Synopsis 
A man travels to Buenos Aires to convince his wife who has a new lover to return to him.
Additional Info
SuperClásico was selected over two other finalists: A Funny Man (tiff review) and the drama, A Family
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
never nominated
"Love Child (La Hija Natural)"
Leticia Tonos
 EGYPT
never nominated
"Lust"
Khaled El Hagar
ESTONIA
never nominated
"Letters to Angel"
Sulev Keedis 
FINLAND
1 nomination
"Le Havre"
Aki Kaurismaki 
FRANCE
36 noms | 9 wins | 3 honorarys
"Declaration of War"
Valérie Donzelli


  Details
93 min | Finnish
Genre
Immigration Drama
Starring
André Wilms and Kati Outinen 
Synopsis 
a old shoeshiner befriends a young illegal immigrant from Africa 
Additional Info
Finland has gone with their most famous auteur again -- he gave them their only nominee The Man Without a Past (2002)
 Details
100 min | French
Genre
True Story Medical Drama
Starring
Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm (Come Undone)
Synopsis 
Donzelli tells her own family's struggle to save her infant son from a tumor.
 Additional Info
France hasn't won in 19 years (they must be itching for it!). More on this film...
GEORGIA
1 nomination
"Chantrapas"
Otar Iosseliani
GERMANY
16 noms | 3 wins
"Pina"
Wim Wenders 
GREECE
5 nominations
"Attenberg"
Athena Rachel Tsangari
  HONG KONG
5 nominations
"A Simple Life"
Ann Hui 
 HUNGARY
8 noms | 1 win
"The Turin Horse"
Bela Tarr 

Details
100 min | MultiLingual
Genre
Dance Documentary
Starring
various dancers
Synopsis 
 This acclaimed 3D documentary is largely a performance piece as dancers perform influential pieces by Pina Bausch who died when Wenders was first developing the film. Dancers convinced him to continue and the reviews are very promising.
Capsule Review 
Details
95 min | Greek
Genre
Drama
Starring
Ariana Labed and Giorgos Lanthimos
Synopsis 
a woman studies human nature as if its an alien species
Additional Info
Best Actress win at 2010's Venice festival.
Details
118 min | Cantonese
Genre
Old Age Drama
Starring
Andy Lau and Deannie Yip
Synopsis 
a grown man's nanny grows ill and their caretaker relationship switches around
Additional Info
Deannie Yip won Best Actress at Venice 2011 Venice Review 
Details
146 min | Hungarian
Genre
Bela Tarr (some directors are their own genres, don'cha know)
Starring
Francisca Gavilán, Gabriela Aguilera
Synopsis 
I haven't been able to understand the synopsis I must admit.
 Additional Info
Hungary has been bravely submitting anti-Oscar films for a couple of decades now. This one has half an hour of potato boilings (TIFF review
ICELAND
1 nomination
"Volcano"
Runar Runarsson 
INDIA
3 nominations
"Abu, Son of Adam (Adaminte Makan Abu)"
Salim Ahamed
INDONESIA
never nominated
"Under the Protection of Ka'Bah"
Hanny R Saputra 
IRAN
1 nomination
"A Separation"
Asghar Farhadi
IRELAND
never nominated
"As If I Am Not There"
Juanita Wilson
Details
95 min | Icelandic
Genre
Old Age Drama
Starring
Theodór Júlíusson
Synopsis 
a retired man who has grown estranged from his children begins reconnecting with his life
 Additional Info
Not to be confused with that Tommy Lee Jones / Anne Heche disaster movie ;)  
Details
101 min | Malayalam
Genre
Old Age Drama
Starring
Salim Kumar
Synopsis
A poor perfume seller and his wife, getting on in years, have one last wish: to make the Haji pilgrimage. But their strict religious beliefs prevent them from getting the money they need for the trek.

Details
unknown | Persian
Genre
Marital / Courtroom Drama
Starring
Peyman Moaadi an Leila Hatami
Synopsis 
A couple struggles with their future: the wife wants to divorce and move to America, the husband wants  to stay and care for his father
Additional Info
Other films considered for the submission honor were Alzheimer'sHere without MeSalve and No Men Allowed 
REVIEWED 
Details
109 min | Bosnian
Genre
War 
Starring
Stellan Skarsgård (!) and Miraj Grbic
Synopsis 
a story taken from true stories uncovered by crime tribunals, a schoolteacher suffers the basest treatment at the hands of soldiers during the Bosnian war  

 

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Thank you to the following readers or friends (or both) for their help thus far:
Brad, David, Geert, Guy, Hugo, Ivan, Jin, Jonah, Jordi, Jorge, José, Marcio, Marcos, Patrick, SkyFly, Thomas and Yonatan

Entries that were submitted but do not appear on the finalist list for one reason or another: 
Albania's "The Forgiveness of Blood" and Slovenia's "Silent Sonata" which is sometimes referred to as "Circus Fantasticus"

Countries that sometimes or regularly submit that didn't this year:
Algeria, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Luxembourg