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I'm not sure if I like it more than 8 1/2 or Singing in the Rain, but when the majestic trumpet music plays, it reminds me of why I love cinema in the first place. The actors are terrific in this film as well. However, nothing will top Topsy-Turvy for me about the mystery,repetition, and heartbreak of the artistic process.❞ -Lars

 

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85th Oscars. Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2012
Last year 63 films competed for the shortlist and a masterpiece won. What does this year hold?

Last Update: DECEMBER 16th
Page 1 | Page 2 - 33 official submissions on this page

Official Oscar Submissions
Pg. 2 Kenya through Vietnam
Chart is an ongoing project but all 71 semi-finalists represented
KENYA
never nominated
Nairobi Half Life
David 'Tosh' Gitonga
KYRGYZSTAN
never nominated
The Empty Home
Nurbek Egen
LATVIA
never nominated
Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg
Yevgeni Pashkevich
LITHUANIA
never nominated
Ramin
Audrias Stonys
MACEDONIA
1 nomination
The Third Half
Darko Mitrevski

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Based on a true story about a football team in WW II that was coached by a Jew in Bulgaria. It's stirred up some controversy with the Bulgarian government.

MALAYSIA
never nominated 
Bunohan
Dain Iskandar Said
MEXICO
8 nominations
After Lucia
Michel Franco
MOROCCO
never nominated
Death For Sale
Faouzi Bensaïdi
THE NETHERLANDS
7 noms | 3 wins
Kauwboy
Boudewijn Koole
NORWAY
5 nominations
Kon-Tiki
 Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg

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This one, a Cannes champ, is about bullying

INTERVIEW

A drama about three unemployed young men in a city wracked by poverty who decide to rob a jewelry store

A coming of age story about a ten year old boy who adopts a baby bird

Made the EFA long list

True story of explorer Thor Heyerdah (played by hot young star Pal Sverre Hagen). From the director of Max Manus.

The other finalists were The Ornheim Company and I Belong.

The first Norwegian film nominated for a Golden Globe!

PALESTINE TERRITORIES
oscar record
When I Saw You
Annemarie Jacir
PERU
1 nomination
The Bad Intentions
Rosario Garcia-Montero
THE PHILIPPINES
never nominated
Bwakaw
Jun Lana
POLAND
8 nominations
80 Million
Waldemar Krzystek
PORTUGAL
never nominated
Blood of My Blood
Joao Canijo

A family of refugees flee to Jordan from the West Bank during the 1967 Six Day War. Told from the viewpoint of the family's young boy.

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This terrific festival hit is about a grumpy elderly gay man and his love for his dog.

REVIEW

Not selected: Captive, The Dance of Two Left Feet, Busong, Graceland, Manila Kingpin, Segunda Mano, A Mother Story,Those Little Secrets, and The Witness

A patriotic heist film? Solidarity activists plot to rescue 80 million from the Communist government.

Polan was nominated last year for "In Darkness"

Portugal had a major critical hit in Miguel Gomes' Tabu but didn't submit it. Will their gamble pay off? Strangely, they've yet to be nominated. 

ROMANIA
never nominated
Beyond The Hills
Cristian Mungiu
RUSSIA
13 noms | 4 wins
White Tiger
Karen Shakhnazarov
SERBIA
never nominated
When Day Breaks (or: When the Day Comes)
Goran Paskaljevica
SINGAPORE
never nominated
Already Famous
Michelle Chong 
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
never nominated
Made in Ash
Iveta Grofova

A critical hit from Cristian Mungiu who was infamously snubbed in the category for the new classic 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

CAPSULE REVIEW

A WW II film set at the very end of the war. A russian tank commander is obsessed with defeating a ghostly white German tank.

Holocaust themed. A man discovers he's Jewish and that his parents gave him away to Serbs to save him.

Other finalists were The Parade (a gay comedy) and Redemption Street

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A gritty look at a border town. Ash refers to the town itself.

SLOVENIA 
never nominated
A Trip
Nejc Gazvoda
 SOUTH AFRICA
2 noms | 1 win
Little One
Darrell Rood
SOUTH KOREA
never nominated
Piéta
Kim Ki-Duk
SPAIN
19 noms | 4 wins
Blancanieves
Pablo Berger
SWEDEN
14 noms | 3 wins
The Hypnotist
Lasse Hallström

Three former high school friends (a gay man, straight man, and straight girl) reunite for a road trip and discover how much they've changed.

Other finalists were: State of Shock, Good Night Missy, Archeo, Bread and Games, Love, Tractor and Rockn’roll, and three documentaries: Long Holidays, The Alexandrians, and Sphinx 

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A violent shark meets a woman who claims to be his mother.

Won the Venice Golden Lion! Other finalists for the Korean submission were: A Taste of Money, In Another Country, Nameless Gangster, and Masquerade

This silent film is a clever bullfighting milieu spin on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Maribel Verdu plays the evil stepmother. The year's best Snow White picture by far.

REVIEW

Other finalists were: The Artist and the Model, and Group 7

Former Oscar darling Lasse Halström returns with a Swedish thriller about a detective, a famous psychologist, and a traumatized crime witness. Starring Hallström's muse and wife, Oscar nominee Lena Olin.

SWITZERLAND
5 noms | 2 wins
Sister
Ursula Meier
TAIWAN
3 noms | 1 win
Touch of the Light
Chang Rong-ji
THAILAND
never nominated
Headshot
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
TURKEY
never nominated
Where the Fire Burns
Ismail Günes
UKRAINE
never nominated
Firecrosser
Mykhallo Illienko

 

Starring Lea Seydoux! This film is from Ursula Meier's whose debut "Home" starred Isabelle Huppert a few years back. Sister made the EFA Long List

Runners Up for submission: Someone Like Me, Lullaby Ride, The Foster Boy and Operation Libertad

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A Soviet hero becomes a Gulag prisoner and then an Indian chief in this biopic

AFGHANISTAN through ITALY - 38 more submissions from all over the world.

Friends of The Film Experience.
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URUGUAY
oscar record
The Delay
Rodrigo Piá
VENEZUELA
never nominated
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Hernan Jabes
VIETNAM
1 nomination
The Scent of Burning Grass
Nguyen Huru Muroi

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Families on a collision course. Twitch believes the director will be dealing with lots of Innaritu comparisons.

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