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

most recent update: October 14th, 2011

ISRAEL to VENEZUELA

THERE ARE 63 FINALISTS. 

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

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PLEASE EXCUSE A FULL BLANK SPOTS - AND MESSY CODING --  AS WE FILL IN DETAILS / SPRUCE UP CHARTS THIS WEEKEND
ISRAEL 
9 nominations
"Footnote"
Joseph Cedar 
ITALY
26 noms | 10 wins | 2 honorary
"Terraferma" 
Emanuele Crialese
JAPAN
12 noms | 1 win | 3 honorary
"Postcard"
Kaneto Shindô
KAZAKHSTAN
1 nomination
"Returning to the 'A'"
Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
LEBANON
never nominated
"Where Do We Go Now?"
Nadine Labaki 
Details
103 min | Hebrew
Genre
Family Drama
Starring
Shlomo Bar Aba, Israeli movie star Lior Ashkenazi (Late Marriage) and Yuval Scharf
Synopsis 
Father and Son Talmud professors are major rivals at Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Additional Info
The film won big at Israel's Oscars "The Ophirs" [more
Details
88 min | Italian, Sicilian & Amahric
Genre
Immigration Drama
Starring
Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiara, Guiseppe Fiorello
Synopsis 
A Sicilian family and the immigrants on their island
Additional Info
Special Jury Prize at Venice  
Details
109 min | Japanese
Genre
Post War Family Drama
Starring
Etsushi Toyakawa and Shinobu Ohtake
Synopsis
A soldier struggles with his family in the aftermath of World War II
Additional Info
This is the self proclaimed last film from the still living 98 year old filmmaker  
  Details
110 min | Multilingual
Genre
Musical Comedy / Religious Drama
Starring
Nadine Labaki
Synopsis
Village women attempt to ease the tension between Christian and Muslim men through pranks 
Additional Info
This won People's Choice at TIFF... always a good sign (TIFF reviews
LITHUANIA
never nominated
"Back To Your Arms"
Kristijonas Vildžiūnas
MACEDONIA
1 nomination
"Punk's Not Dead"
Vladimir Blazevski  
MEXICO
8 nominations
"Miss Bala"
Gerardo Naranjo
MOROCCO
never nominated 
"Omar Killed Me"
Roschdy Zem
THE NETHERLANDS
7 noms | 3 wins
"Sonny Boy"
Maria Peters
Details
90 min | Multilingual
Genre
Post War Family Drama
Synopsis
A father and daughter separated by world war II, meeting in Berlin in 1961
Details
unknown min | multilingual
Genre
black comedy
Synopsis
a group of former punk musicians decide to revive their band 17 years later
 Details
113 min | Spanish and English
Genre
Crime Drama
Starring
Stephanie Sigman and Irene Azuela
Synopsis
A beauty queen gets mixed up with organized crime.
Additional Info
Very buzzy entry which won the submission over:180, Dias de Gracia, El Baile de San Juan, Flores en el Desierto, La Mitad del Mundo, Bala Mordida, Sieta Instantes, Somos lo que Hay, Una Pared Para Cecilia, Viaje Redondo [more on this film]
 Details
85 min | French
Genre
Biopic / Prison Legal Drama
Starring
Sami Bouajila
Synopsis
A man suffers through the penal system despite only circumstancial evidence in his case
Additional Info
Kind of an extension of two recent Algerian nominees Outside the Lawand Days of Glory as it's essentially the same filmmaking trio Rachid Bouchareb, Roschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila... albeit in different job positions this time.
Details
130 min | Dutch
Genre
Biopic / Romantic Drama / Pre War Epic
Starring
Martijn Lakemeier
Synopsis
Scandalous story of a love affair between a 19 year old black student and a married fortysomething mother. The title comes from the nickname they give their baby 
Additional Info
The Dutch can't ever be counted out Best Foreign Film wise and this year, they've got a film which begins in the 1920s and apparently ends during or just before World War II
NEW ZEALAND
FIRST SUBMISSION !!!
"The Orator"
Tusi Tamasese
NORWAY
5 nominations
"Happy Happy"
Anne Sewitsky 
PERU
1 nomination
"October"
Daniel Vega Vidal & Diego Vega Vidal 
THE PHILIPPINES
never nominated
"Woman in a Septic Tank"
Marlon Rivera 
POLAND
8 nominations
"In Darkness"
Agnieska Holland
Details
unknown min | Samoan
Genre
unknown
Starring
Fialu Sanote
Synopsis
unknown
Additional Info
this is New Zealand's first submission 
Details
85 min | Norwegian
Genre
Marital Dramedy
Starring
Agnes Kittlesen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens
Synopsis
A man suffers throu
Additional Info
Norway's Amanda Awards were misleading this year, focusing on hit high profile homegrown films like Nokas or The King of Devil's Island but neither made the finalist list.Happy Happy beat out two other finalists, the punk rock movie Sons of Norway, and Joachim Trier's Oslo, 31, August.
Details
83 min | Spanish
Genre
Drama
Starring
Bruno Odar and Gabriela Velasquez
Synopsis
A man reconsiders his life when a prostitute drops a baby daughter in his lap and his neighbor begins to care for her.
Details
unknown min | Filipino and Tagalog
Genre
 Filmmaking Satire
Starring
Eugene Domingo as herself and the character she's playing
Synopsis
A group of filmmakers planning an epic poverty drama sees them reimagining their film over and over -- with much comic variation -- with their lead actress, the well loved comedic actress who is playing  a version of herself in the movie. A little more on this one... 
Details
unknown min | Multilingual
Genre
WW II Drama
Starring
Robert Wieckiewicz and Benno Fürmann
Synopsis
One man rescues Jewish refugees in a Nazi occupied Polish city
Additional Info 
Though they've never won this prize, watch out. This is from the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Europa Europa (which would probably have won the prize had it been submitted in its year).
PORTUGAL
never nominated
"Jose & Pilar"
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes 
ROMANIA
never nominated
"Morgen"
Marian Crisan
RUSSIA
13 noms | 4 wins
"Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus"
Nikita Mikhalkov  
SERBIA
never nominated
"Montevideo God Bless You"
Dragan Bjelogrlić
 SINGAPORE
never nominated
"Tatsumi"
Eric Khoo
Details
125 min | Spanish and Portuguese
Genre
Documentary
Topic
The marriage of the famous novelist Jose Saramago (Blindness) as well as the friction between this private artist and public life. 
Additional Info 
Both director Fernando Meirelles and actor Gael García Bernal appear in the film as themselves 
Details
100 min | Romanian and Hungarian
Genre
Immigration Drama
Starring
Andras Hathazi, Yilmaz Yakin and Elvira Rimbu
Synopsis
A poor farmer and a border guard develop an unlikely friendship. 
Additional Info
A ittle lighter than what Romania usually submits. Could it be the first Oscar nominee from this cinematic hotspot?
Details
150-181 min (depending on which cut) | Russian
Genre
WW II Drama
Starring
Nikita Mikhalkov
Synopsis
We revisit the characters from the first film who have survived Stalin's Purge and now facing advancing Nazis.
Additional Info
This sequel to the 90s Oscar winner flopped with critics & audiences.  More on this controversial selection. Will they withdraw it?
 Details
140 min | Serbian and Bulgarian
Genre
Period Sports Drama
Starring
Milos Bikovic and Petar Strugar 
Synopsis
Young men with big dreams journey to the World Football event in Uruguay. 
Additional Info
It's also apparently a nostalgia soaked period piece with a comely young cast about life in 30s Belgrade 
 Details
94 min | Japanese
Genre
animated biopic
Synopsis
About the manga artist Yoshihiru Tatsumi
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
never nominated
"Gypsy (Cigan)"
Martin Sulik
SOUTH AFRICA
2 noms | 1 win
"Skoonheid (Beauty)"
Oliver Hermanus
SOUTH KOREA
never nominated 
"The Front Line"
Jang Hun
SPAIN
19 noms | 4 wins
"Pa Negre (Black Bread)"
Agustí Villaronga
SWEDEN
14 noms | 3 wins
"Beyond"
Pernilla August 
Details
unknown min (depending on which cut) | Slovakian and Romanian
Genre
Coming of Age Drama
Starring
apparently the director used real gypsies and non-actors
Synopsis
a gypsy boy's father dies and he must fend for himself 
Details
98 min | Afrikaans and English
Genre
Sexual Drama
Starring
Deon Lotz
Synopsis
The story of an Afrikaaner who hides his secret from family, friends and even himself.
Additional Info
Winner of the Queer Palmes at Cannes 2011 
Details
133 min | Korean
Genre
War Drama
Starring
Shin Ha-kyun, Go Soo, and Ok-bin Kim (fromThirst)
Synopsis
A ceasefire during the Korean War leads to a murder investigation as a commander is found dead.
Additional Info
Selected over 5 other finalists Poonsang, Sunny, The Yellow Sea, Hanji andthe Day He Arrives
Details
108 min | Catalan (the first Spanish submission in the Catalan language)
Genre
War Drama
Starring
Francesc Colomer
Synopsis
After the Spanish Civil War a young boy finds dead bodies in the forest. The authorities want his father charged with the murder. Investigation follows and the boy must find his own moral compass.
Additional Info
This Goya winner was selected over Almodovar'sThe Skin I Live In and the Franco-era women's rights drama La Voz Dormida
more on this film 
Details
unknown min | Swedish and Finnish
Genre
Family Drama, Abuse
Starring
Ola and Noomi Rapace (husband and wife)
Synopsis
Character study of the adult child of alcoholics  in the 1970s.
Additional Info
This is the directorial debut of actress Pernilla August. The film was nominated for several Swedish Oscars but Noomi lost Best Actress to 22 year old rising star Alicia Vikander (Pure).  
SWITZERLAND
5 noms | 2 wins
"Summer Games"
Rolando Colla 
TAIWAN
3 noms | 1 win
"Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale"
Wei Te-Sheng 
THAILAND
never nominated 
"Kon Khon"
Sarunyu Wongkrachang 
TURKEY
never nominated
"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
Nuri Bilge Ceylan  
UNITED KINGDOM
"Patagonia"
Marc Evans 
Details
unknown min | Italian
Genre
Family Drama
Starring
Fiorella Campanella, Armando Condolucci
Synopsis
Two couples (one adult, one teenage) holiday at the beach.
Details
unknown but over 120 min | Aboriginal
Genre
Epic War Action Film
Starring
Masanobu Andô and Umin Boya
Synopsis
Taiwans tribal villages lash back at the Japanese who have robbed them of their lands.
Details
unknown min | Thai
Genre
unknown
Starring
Sorapong Chatree
Synopsis
unknown
Additional Info 
The director is also an actor and has appeared in the Ong Bak movies
Details
150 min | Turkish
Genre
Crime Drama
Starring
Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis
Synopsis
The search for a dead body.
Additional Info 
Won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes and was just nominated for the Asian Pacific Awards Best Feature Film prize. 
 
   
URUGUAY
1 nomination
"The Silent House"
Gustavo Hernandez
VENEZUELA
never nominated
"The Rumble of the Stones"
Alejandro Bellame Palacios
VIETNAM
1 nomination
"Thang Long Aspiration"
Lưu Trọng Ninh


Details
74-86 min (depending on cut) | Spanish
Genre
Period Horror
Starring
Florencio Colucci, Abel Tripaldi
Synopsis 
A father and a daughter spend the night in a cottage that holds dark secrets based on a 1940s legend.
Additional Info
It bills itself as the first horror film in one continuous shot. 
 Details
100 min | Spanish
Genre
Family Drama
Starring
Rossana Fernández, Christian González and Juan Carlos Nuñez
Synopsis
A mother struggles to keep her family together as her sons are prey to a violent poverty-stricken environment
Details
unknown min | Vietnamese
Genre
Historical Epic 
Synopsis
The violent transition between feudal system and a dynasty in the 9th century
Additional Info
This film won a very narrow victory for submission over the controversial “Floating Lives” and another historical epic “The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long” 


 

 

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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