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Denmark Selects 'The Hunt' & Hong Kong 'Grandmaster' as Foreign List for the 2014 Oscars Grows to 57

Plus Italy submits Sorrentino's The Great Beauty

hunt-grandmasterIt had been a while since I last updated the list of films submitted for the 2014 Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Feature, but today I bring you 21 new titles as the list has now grown to 57 total films.

Perhaps the most notable of the films added today is Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film played the 2012 Cannes Film Festival but it wasn't released in the Netherlands until late October last year, which means it missed the eligibility date by about a month. The Hunt won Mikkelsen the award for Best Actor in Cannes last year and I finally saw it earlier this year, calling it "one of the best films of the year" with a "masterclass performance from Mikkelsen." You can read my full review here.

Additional titles worth of note include Hong Kong's submission of Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster and Italy's submission of Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, which I sadly missed at both Cannes and Toronto this year, but have heard great things.

I have included today's new submissions directly below, or you can click here for a look at the current list of films submitted in its entirety.

  1. Bangladesh, Television (dir. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki)
  2. Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown (dir. Felix van Groeningen)
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (dir. Danis Tanović)
  4. Brazil, Neighbouring Sounds (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho)
  5. Canada, Gabrielle (dir. Louise Archambault)
  6. Colombia, La Playa DC (dir. Juan Andrés Arango)
  7. Czech Republic, Burning Bush (dir. Agnieszka Holland)
  8. Denmark, The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
  9. Hong Kong, The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar-wai)
  10. Iceland, Of Horses and Men (dir. Benedikt Erlingsson)
  11. India, The Good Road (dir. Gyan Correa)
  12. Italy, The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
  13. Lebanon, Ghadi (dir. Amin Dora)
  14. Norway, I Am Yours (dir. Iram Haq)
  15. Russia, Stalingrad (dir. Fedor Bondarchuk)
  16. Slovakia, My Dog Killer (dir. Mira Fornay)
  17. Slovenia, Class Enemy (dir. Rok Biček)
  18. Spain, 15 Years and One Day (dir. Gracia Querejeta)
  19. Switzerland, More than Honey (dir. Markus Imhoof)
  20. Thailand, Countdown (dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya)
  21. United Kingdom, Metro Manila (dir. Sean Ellis)
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    Loved The Hunt, hope it wins (especially with Blue is the Warmest Color not competing).

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

    I'd love The Hunt to win, all the performances were sublime and the film affected me so much it'll be some time before I can return to it. Once I find out the odds I will definitely back it but I don't think it'll be the favorite, that will probably be "Blue"

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

    A little surprised by The Grandmaster being picked - not a great movie. Hoping that The Hunt gets a nom at the very least.

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

    This made my day. Love The Hunt. It definitely deserves a nomination if not a win for best foreign language film. I also hope Mads gets recognized and gets a nomination for best actor but that field is already very tight.

  • Mykael

    How's The Hunt's release in Netherlands in late October 2012 has to do anything with the Denmark's submission this year? Is there a co-relation b/w the two countries' submission that am missing? Isn't it due to its Denmark's release date of early January 2013 that cleared The Hunt candidature for Danish foreign entry this year?

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

    Wow. With Blue Is the Warmest Color, Like Father, Like Son and The Lunchbox all being out of the competition, I thought Wadjda had no enemy, but the race seems to be between Wadjda and The Hunt now. Though I still think Wadjda has the lead, considering it's got decent release date and distributor. On top of that, the Academy just loves the films that involve political contexts and kids from the third world.

    I think other festival favorites like Heli, Gloria and Child's Pose also have good chances for being nominated, but probably none of them is gonna win.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    I've seen 6 of the new ones, and it's interesting to see Neighbouring Sounds make the list, since I saw that ~18 months ago. I guess it didn't get a release back then. Broken Circle Breakdown could easily find itself nominated alongside The Hunt and Wadjda. Television and The Grandmaster are awful.

  • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

    Great to see The Hunt in there, favorite for this award season. But what has Danish film The Hunt to do with the release date in the Netherlands? We (I'm from the Netherlands) selected Borgman, which played on Cannes this year and has little chance to get nominated...