Oscar Contenders

Complete List of 2014 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Hits Record 76 Submissions

Two new countries submit films for the first time

foreign-language-oscarsThe Academy officially announced today that a record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 2014 Oscars. Among those submitting, Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants and this is the first time Montenegro has submitted a film as an independent country.

Based solely on name recognition alone I'd say Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt (Denmark) and Asghar Farhadi's The Past (Iran) will be looked at as front-runners. However, I haven't only seen a few of the titles on this list, another of which is Mexico's entry, Heli from Amat Escalante.

I have heard good things about Borgman (Netherlands) and it will be interesting to see how Haifaa al-Mansour's Wadjda is treated as it is a story unto itself, not to mention it seems to be receiving high marks from those that have seen it. I'm personally hoping to catch it soon as I was unable to attend the only press screening it has had here in Seattle so far.

Of course, I will continue to track the entrants on the official Foreign Language contenders page here on the site, but for now I have listed all 76 entrants below with links, where available, to more information.

A shortlist of contenders should be announced toward the end of December, and remember, this is the first year the entire Academy gets to vote on the winner, though the shortlist will still be decided by the Foreign Language committee.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT.

  1. Afghanistan, Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) (dir. Barmak Akram)
  2. Albania, Agon (dir. Robert Budina)
  3. Argentina, Wakolda (dir. Lucía Puenzo)
  4. Australia, The Rocket (dir. Kim Mordaunt)
  5. Austria, The Wall (dir. Julian Pölsler)
  6. Azerbaijan, Steppe Man (dir. Shamil Aliyev)
  7. Bangladesh, Television (dir. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki)
  8. Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown (dir. Felix van Groeningen)
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (dir. Danis Tanović)
  10. Brazil, Neighbouring Sounds (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho)
  11. Bulgaria, The Colour of the Chameleon (dir. Emil Hristov)
  12. Cambodia, The Missing Picture (dir. Rithy Panh)
  13. Canada, Gabrielle (dir. Louise Archambault)
  14. Chad, GriGris (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
  15. Chile, Gloria (dir. Sebastián Lelio)
  16. China, Back to 1942 (dir. Feng Xiaogang)
  17. Colombia, La Playa DC (dir. Juan Andrés Arango)
  18. Croatia, Halima's Path (dir. Arsen Anton Ostojić)
  19. Czech Republic, The Don Juans (dir. Jiri Menzel)
  20. Denmark, The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
  21. Dominican Republic, Who's the Boss? (dir. Ronni Castillo)
  22. Ecuador, Porcelain Horse (dir. Javier Andrade)
  23. Egypt, Winter of Discontent (dir. Ibrahim El-Batout)
  24. Estonia, Free Range (dir. Veiko Õunpuu)
  25. Finland, Disciple (dir. Ulrika Bengts)
  26. France, Renoir (dir. Gilles Bourdos)
  27. Georgia, In Bloom (dirs. Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß)
  28. Germany, Two Lives (dir. Georg Maas)
  29. Greece, Boy Eating the Bird's Food (dir. Ektoras Lygizos)
  30. Hong Kong, The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar-wai)
  31. Hungary, The Notebook (dir. János Szász)
  32. Iceland, Of Horses and Men (dir. Benedikt Erlingsson)
  33. India, The Good Road (dir. Gyan Correa)
  34. Indonesia, Sang Kiai (dir. Rako Prijanto)
  35. Iran, The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
  36. Israel, Bethlehem (dir. Yuval Adler)
  37. Italy, The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
  38. Japan, The Great Passage (dir. Yuya Ishii)
  39. Kazakhstan, The Old Man (dir. Ermek Tursunov)
  40. Latvia, Mother I Love You (dir. Jānis Nords)
  41. Lebanon, Blind Intersections (dir. Lara Saba)
  42. Lithuania, Conversations on Serious Topics (dir. Giedrė Beinoriūtė)
  43. Luxembourg, Blind Spot (dir. Christophe Wagner)
  44. Mexico, Heli (dir. Amat Escalante)
  45. Moldova, All God's Children (dir. Adrian Popovici)
  46. Montenegro, Bad Destiny (dir. Draško Đurović)
  47. Morocco, God's Horses (dir. Nabil Ayouch)
  48. Nepal, Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (dir. Subarna Thapa)
  49. Netherlands, Borgman (dir. Alex van Warmerdam)
  50. New Zealand, White Lies (dir. Dana Rotberg)
  51. Norway, I Am Yours (dir. Iram Haq)
  52. Pakistan, Zinda Bhaag (dirs. Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi)
  53. Palestine, Omar (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
  54. Peru, The Cleaner (dir. Adrián Saba)
  55. Philippines, Transit (dir. Hannah Espia)
  56. Poland, Walesa (dir. Andrzej Wajda)
  57. Portugal, Lines of Wellington (dir. Valeria Sarmiento)
  58. Romania, Child's Pose (dir. Călin Peter Netzer)
  59. Russia, Stalingrad (dir. Fedor Bondarchuk)
  60. Saudi Arabia, Wadjda (dir. Haifaa al-Mansour)
  61. Serbia, Circles (dir. Srdan Golubovic)
  62. Singapore, Ilo Ilo (dir. Anthony Chen)
  63. Slovakia, My Dog Killer (dir. Mira Fornay)
  64. Slovenia, Class Enemy (dir. Rok Biček)
  65. South Africa, Four Corners (dir. Ian Gabriel)
  66. South Korea, Juvenile Offender (dir. Kang Yi-kwan)
  67. Spain, 15 Years and One Day (dir. Gracia Querejeta)
  68. Sweden, Eat Sleep Die (dir. Gabriela Pichler)
  69. Switzerland, More than Honey (dir. Markus Imhoof)
  70. Taiwan, Soul (dir. Chung Mong-Hong)
  71. Thailand, Countdown (dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya)
  72. Turkey, The Butterfly's Dream (dir. Yılmaz Erdoğan)
  73. Ukraine, Paradjanov (dirs. Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova)
  74. United Kingdom, Metro Manila (dir. Sean Ellis)
  75. Uruguay, Anina (dir. Alfredo Soderguit)
  76. Venezuela, Breach in the Silence (dirs. Luis and Andrés Rodríguez)
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  • IngmarTheBergman

    The Past will probably win, but The Hunt is a work of sheer genius as well.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Anna/ Anna

      I think Saudi Arabia is winning this. The story looks like something AMPAS members will love, also it's the first film ever produced in the country AND it was directed by a woman!! It's like an academy dream or something.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I watched Brazil's entry this week, Neighbouring Sounds, total nightmare.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Anna/ Anna

      Don't say that!!! :cries:

      =p

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        hey, i'm just one person and Brazil has a population of 190732694 so i'd probably be out-voted.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/cantolini/ cantolini

    Big heads up people: THE ROCKET (Australia) is sensational and must at least get nominated - go and see it when you can!

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Wadjda was fantastic. My favourite from those I've seen. Enjoyed The Hunt although The Past didn't do too much for me. Gloria I didn't like but Australia's entry: The Rocket, is also fantastic. So is Child's Pose.

    Foreign films are so great! I'll happily watch everything that gets nominated here.