Media The Hollywood Reporter 11 Oct 2016

Oscars: 85 Foreign-Language Film Contenders Unveiled by Academy

Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 89th Academy Awards, the Academy announced Tuesday. Among the countries vying for Oscar’s attention: Yemen, which submitted Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, its first entry ever.

A number of the films have already made a name for themselves on festival circuit. Among them are France’s Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven; Germany’s Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade; Chile’s Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain; Palestine’s The Idol, directed by Hany Abu-Assad; and Italian documentary feature Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

A number of other films come with a seal-of-approval from May’s Cannes Film Festival. The Canadian entry, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, was the fest’s Grand Prix winner. The Salesman, from Iran, earned its director Asghar Farhadi the best screenplay prize and star Shahab Hoseeini the best actor award. Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa, from the Philiippines, was recognized with a best actress award for Jaclyn Jose. And Finland’s submission, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, won the Un Certain Regard Award.

Jonas Cuaron’s border-set thriller Desierto, which will represent Mexico, is set to open stateside Friday.

And the lineup also includes Afterimage, the last film from the late Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who died Sunday.

The complete list follows:
Albania, Chromium, Bujar Alimani, director;
Algeria, The Well, Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;
Argentina, The Distinguished Citizen, Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;
Australia, Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
Austria, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, Maria Schrader, director;
Bangladesh, The Unnamed, Tauquir Ahmed, director;
Belgium, The Ardennes, Robin Pront, director;
Bolivia, Sealed Cargo, Julia Vargas Weise, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Death in Sarajevo, Danis Tanovic, director;
Brazil, Little Secret, David Schurmann, director;
Bulgaria, Losers, Ivaylo Hristov, director;
Cambodia, Before the Fall, Ian White, director;
Canada, It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, Neruda, Pablo Larraín, director;
China, Xuan Zang, Huo Jianqi, director;
Colombia, Alias Maria, José Luis Rugeles, director;
Costa Rica, About Us, Hernán Jiménez, director;
Croatia, On the Other Side, Zrinko Ogresta, director;
Cuba, The Companion, Pavel Giroud, director;
Czech Republic, Lost in Munich, Petr Zelenka, director;
Denmark, Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet, director;
Dominican Republic, Sugar Fields, Fernando Báez, director;
Ecuador, Such Is Life in the Tropics, Sebastián Cordero, director;
Egypt, Clash, Mohamed Diab, director;
Estonia, Mother, Kadri Kõusaar, director;
Finland, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Juho Kuosmanen, director;
France, Elle, Paul Verhoeven, director;
Georgia, House of Others, Rusudan Glurjidze, director;
Germany, Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, director;
Greece, Chevalier, Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
Hong Kong, Port of Call, Philip Yung, director;
Hungary, Kills on Wheels, Attila Till, director;
Iceland, Sparrows, Rúnar Rúnarsson, director;
India, Interrogation, Vetri Maaran, director;
Indonesia, Letters From Prague, Angga Dwimas Sasongko, director;
Iran, The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, director;
Iraq, El Clásico, Halkawt Mustafa, director;
Israel, Sand Storm, Elite Zexer, director;
Italy, Fire at Sea, Gianfranco Rosi, director;
Japan, Nagasaki: Memories of My Son, Yoji Yamada, director;
Jordan, 3000 Nights, Mai Masri, director;
Kazakhstan, Amanat, Satybaldy Narymbetov, director;
Kosovo, Home Sweet Home, Faton Bajraktari, director;
Kyrgyzstan, A Father’s Will, Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, directors;
Latvia, Dawn, Laila Pakalnina, director;
Lebanon, Very Big Shot, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, director;
Lithuania, Seneca’s Day, Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
Luxembourg, Voices From Chernobyl, Pol Cruchten, director;
Macedonia, The Liberation of Skopje, Rade Šerbedžija, Danilo Šerbedžija, directors;
Malaysia, Beautiful Pain, Tunku Mona Riza, director;
Mexico, Desierto, Jonás Cuarón, director;
Montenegro, The Black Pin, Ivan Marinovi?, director;
Morocco, A Mile in My Shoes, Said Khallaf, director;
Nepal, The Black Hen, Min Bahadur Bham, director;
Netherlands, Tonio, Paula van der Oest, director;
New Zealand, A Flickering Truth, Pietra Brettkelly, director;
Norway, The King’s Choice, Erik Poppe, director;
Pakistan, Mah-e-Mir, Anjum Shahzad, director;
Palestine, The Idol, Hany Abu-Assad, director;
Panama, Salsipuedes, Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez, directors;
Peru, Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), Juan Daniel F. Molero, director;
Philippines, Ma’ Rosa, Brillante Ma Mendoza, director;
Poland, Afterimage, Andrzej Wajda, director;
Portugal, Letters From War, Ivo M. Ferreira, director;
Romania, Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu, director;
Russia, Paradise, Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
Saudi Arabia, Barakah Meets Barakah, Mahmoud Sabbagh, director;
Serbia, Train Driver’s Diary, Milos Radovic, director;
Singapore, Apprentice, Boo Junfeng, director;
Slovakia, Eva Nová, Marko Skop, director;
Slovenia, Houston, We Have a Problem!, Žiga Virc, director;
South Africa, Call Me Thief, Daryne Joshua, director;
South Korea, The Age of Shadows, Kim Jee-woon, director;
Spain, Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar, director;
Sweden, A Man Called Ove, Hannes Holm, director;
Switzerland, My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras, director;
Taiwan, Hang in There, Kids!, Laha Mebow, director;
Thailand, Karma, Kanittha Kwunyoo, director;
Turkey, Cold of Kalandar, Mustafa Kara, director;
Ukraine, Ukrainian Sheriffs, Roman Bondarchuk, director;
United Kingdom, Under the Shadow, Babak Anvari, director;
Uruguay, Breadcrumbs, Manane Rodríguez, director;
Venezuela, From Afar, Lorenzo Vigas, director;
Vietnam, Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, Victor Vu, director;
Yemen, I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, Khadija Al-Salami, director.