Wednesday, October 22, 2008

67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Film Oscar

This is really late, but I'm just now sifting through my email to find it.

AMPAS has released the list of 67 films eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Award. They are:
  • Afghanistan, “Opium War,” Siddiq Barmak, director;
  • Albania, “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani, directors;
  • Algeria, “Masquerades,” Lyes Salem, director;
  • Argentina, “Lion’s Den,” Pablo Trapero, director;
  • Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann, director;
  • Azerbaijan, “Fortress,” Shamil Nacafzada, director;
  • Bangladesh, “Aha!,” Enamul Karim Nirjhar, director;
  • Belgium, “Eldorado,” Bouli Lanners, director;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Snow,” Aida Begic, director;
  • Brazil, “Last Stop 174,” Bruno Barreto, director;
  • Bulgaria, “Zift,” Javor Gardev, director;
  • Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon, director;
  • Chile, “Tony Manero,” Pablo Larrain, director;
  • China, “Dream Weavers,” Jun Gu, director;
  • Colombia, “Dog Eat Dog,” Carlos Moreno, director;
  • Croatia, “No One’s Son,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;
  • Czech Republic, “The Karamazovs,” Petr Zelenka, director;
  • Denmark, “Worlds Apart,” Niels Arden Oplev, director;
  • Egypt, “The Island,” Sherif Arafa, director;
  • Estonia, “I Was Here,” Rene Vilbre, director;
  • Finland, “The Home of Dark Butterflies,” Dome Karukoski, director;
  • France, “The Class,” Laurent Cantet, director;
  • Georgia, “Mediator,” Dito Tsintsadze, director;
  • Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel, director;
  • Greece, “Correction,” Thanos Anastopoulos, director;
  • Hong Kong, “Painted Skin,” Gordon Chan, director;
  • Hungary, “Iska’s Journey,” Csaba Bollok, director;
  • Iceland, “White Night Wedding,” Baltasar Kormakur, director;
  • India, “Taare Zameen Par,” Aamir Khan, director;
  • Iran, “The Song of Sparrows,” Majid Majidi, director;
  • Israel, “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman, director;
  • Italy, “Gomorra,” Matteo Garrone, director;
  • Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;
  • Jordan, “Captain Abu Raed,” Amin Matalqa, director;
  • Kazakhstan, “Tulpan,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director;
  • Korea, “Crossing,” Tae-kyun Kim, director;
  • Kyrgyzstan, “Heavens Blue,” Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, director;
  • Latvia, “Defenders of Riga,” Aigars Grauba, director;
  • Lebanon, “Under the Bombs,” Philippe Aractingi, director;
  • Lithuania, “Loss,” Maris Martinsons, director;
  • Luxembourg, “Nuits d’Arabie,” Paul Kieffer, director;
  • Macedonia, “I’m from Titov Veles,” Teona Strugar Mitevska, director;
  • Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Roberto Sneider, director;
  • Morocco, “Goodbye Mothers,” Mohamed Ismail, director;
  • The Netherlands, “Dunya & Desie,” Dana Nechushtan, director;
  • Norway, “O’Horten,” Bent Hamer, director;
  • Palestine, “Salt of This Sea” Annemarie Jacir, director;
  • Philippines, “Ploning,” Dante Nico Garcia, director;
  • Poland, “Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski, director;
  • Portugal, “Our Beloved Month of August,” Miguel Gomes, director;
  • Romania, “The Rest Is Silence,” Nae Caranfil, director;
  • Russia, “Mermaid,” Anna Melikyan, director;
  • Serbia, “The Tour,” Goran Markovic, director;
  • Singapore, “My Magic,” Eric Khoo, director;
  • Slovakia, “Blind Loves,” Juraj Lehotsky, director;
  • Slovenia, “Rooster’s Breakfast,” Marko Nabersnik, director;
  • South Africa, “Jerusalema,” Ralph Ziman, director;
  • Spain, “The Blind Sunflowers,” Jose Luis Cuerda, director;
  • Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell, director;
  • Switzerland, “The Friend,” Micha Lewinsky, director;
  • Taiwan, “Cape No. 7,” Te-Sheng Wei, director;
  • Thailand, “Love of Siam,” Chookiat Sakveerakul, director;
  • Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
  • Ukraine, “Illusion of Fear,” Aleksandr Kiriyenko, director;
  • United Kingdom, “Hope Eternal,” Karl Francis, director;
  • Uruguay, “Kill Them All,” Esteban Schroeder, director;
  • Venezuela, “The Color of Fame,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director.
I haven't seen any of these yet. Fataculture's Nick Plowman has given a lukewarm review to the South African entry, Jerusalema, and according to his list of film ratings he liked Gomorra a little more.

Right now the ones with the most buzz are Israel's Waltz with Bashir, Italy's Gomorra, and France's The Class. I'm most looking forward to Romania's The Rest is Silence.

2 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

I can't wait for WALTZ WITH BASHIR, and I'm completely with you on the Romanian film. I saw THE CLASS at the NYFF and found it moderately good (with some issues) and am aware of Nick's reaction to that South African entry. I'm sure there are a number of hidden jewels on that comprehensive list.

nick plowman said...

What I love about the Foreign Language entries is that we know so little about the majority of them, and throughout next year when some of them are released on a wider scale, it feels so much like “discovering” the films because of our lack of knowledge.

Jerusalema hasn’t got a hope in hell, lol. But “Gomorra” will probably win the award, its that good. I personally can’t wait to see “Waltz with Bashir,” “The Class,” “The Rest is Silence,” “O’Horten,” “Tony Manero,” “Tulpan” and “Three Monkeys,” as they are all the films I know a little about. The rest, well, I am sure seeing them all in time will be a delight indeed! Thanks for rounding up the potential nominees Matty.