Now are the screenings for Academy members of submissions for Academy Award Nomination consideration in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. 65 countries have submitted their selections. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.
Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 62 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-one have gone to European films,[A] five to Asian films,[B] three to African films and three to films from the Americas.
The Female Factor: Of the 65 films submitted, 9 are directed by women — that’s 14% ♀. And yet women buy 55% of the movie tickets. Oddly, the women directors have greater numbers in macho societies or in the most developed countries, or am I making too broad an analysis here:
Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole ♀
Costa Rica – Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo ♀
Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier ♀
Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag ♀
India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi ♀
Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey ♀
Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin ♀
Spain – Even The Rain, directed by Iciar Bollain ♀.
Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut ♀ & Véronique Reymond ♀
Below are the 65 submissions with contact and distribution informaiton:
Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole ♀ who also runs Afghanistan World Foundation Tel: +1.310.820.3577
Albania – East, West, East, directed by Gjergj Xhuvani. ISA: High Point. U.S.:-
East, West, East
Algeria – Outside the Law, directed by Rachid Bouchareb. ISA: Studio Canal. U.S.: The Cohen Media Group (their first film)
This could be Bouchareb’s third nomination.
Outside the Law
Argentina – Carancho, directed by Pablo Trapero. ISA: FineCut U.S.: Strand Releasing. This is an Asian-Argentinian coproduciton.
Austria – La Pivellina, directed by Tizza Covi ♀ & Rainer Frimmel. ISA: Films Distribution. U.S.: —
Azerbaijan – The Precinct, directed by Ilgar Safat. Producer Nariman Film
Bangladesh – Third Person Singular Number, directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Producer: Impress Tele Film
Belgium – Illegal, directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. ISA: Films Distribution U.S.: Film Movement
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Cirkus Columbia, directed by Danis Tanovic. ISA: The Match Factory U.S.:
Brazil – Lula, o filho do Brasil, directed by Fábio Barreto. ISA: Cinema do Brasil U.S.:-
Bulgaria – Eastern Plays, directed by Kamen Kalev. ISA: Memento. U.S.: —
Canada – Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve. ISA: E1 U.S. Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) This is one of the favored titles.
Chile – The Life of Fish, directed by Matías Bize. Producer: Cineca
China – Aftershock, directed by Feng Xiaogang. ISA: Huayi Brothers. U.S.:- This is another of the favored titles.
Colombia – Crab Trap, directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia. ISA: M-Appeal U.S.: Outsider Pictures
Costa Rica – Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo ♀. ISA: Latido. U.S.: –
Croatia – The Blacks, directed by Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric. Producer Kinorama. ISA: Croation AV Cenre. U.S.: —
Czech Republic – Kawasaki Rose, directed by Jan Hrebejk. ISA: Menemsha and Recreation U.S.: Menemsha Films will open the film at New York’s Film Forum on November 24
Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier ♀. ISA: Trust-Nordisk U.S.: SPC. This is a favored title.
Egypt – Messages From The Sea (Rassayel El Bahr), directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed. ISA:Al Arabia U.S.:–
Estonia – The Temptation of St. Tony, directed by Veiko Öunpuu. ISA: Level K U.S.: Olive
Ethopia – The Athlete, directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew. ISA: Arrow U.S.:–
Finland – Steam of Life, directed by Joonas Berghail & Mika Hotakainen. ISA: Films Transit. U.S.: —
France – Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. ISA: Wild Bunch. U.S.: SPC This is a favored title.
Of Gods and Men
Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag ♀. ISA: Telepool U.S.: Olive This is a favored title.
When We Leave
Georgia – Street Days, directed Levan Koguashvili. ISA: Intercinema. U.S.: –
Greece – Dogtooth (Kynodontas), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. ISA: MK2 U.S.: Kino
Greenland – Nuummioq, directed by Torben Bech and Otto Rosing. ISA: The Works U.S.: –
Hong Kong – Echoes of the Rainbow, directed by Alex Law. ISA: Mei Ah U.S.: —
Hungary – Biblioteque Pascal, directed by Szabolcs Hajdu. ISA: H2O U.S.: —
Iceland – Mamma Gógó, directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. ISA: Bavaria U.S.:–
India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi ♀. ISA: UTV
Indonesia – How Funny (This Country Is) aka Alangkah lucunya (negeri ini), directed by Deddy Mizwar. Producer: Citra Senima
Iran – Farewell Baghdad, directed by Mehdi Naderi. ISA: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre U.S.:
Iraq – Son of Babylon, directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji. ISA: Roissy. A favored title.
Israel – The Human Resources Manager, directed by Eran Riklis. Winner of 5 Israeli Academy Awards. ISA: Pyramide U.S.: —
Italy – The First Beautiful Thing aka La Prima Cosa Bella, directed by Paolo Virzì. ISA: Intramovies U.S.: –
Japan – Confessions (Kokuhaku), directed by Tetsuya Nakashima ISA: Toho U.S.:–
Kazakhstan – Strayed, directed by Akan Satayev. Producer Sataifilm
Latvia – Hong Kong Confidential, directed by Maris Martinsons. ISA: House of Film
Macedonia – Mothers, directed by Milcho Manchevski. ISA: Cine Sud Promotion U.S.: —
Mexico – Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. ISA: Focus. U.S.: Liddell
Netherlands – Tirza, directed by Rudolph van den Berg. ISA: Holland Film U.S.: —
Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey ♀. ISA: Botnia U.S. –
Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin ♀. Producer Periferia
Peru – Undertow (Contracorriente), directed by Javier Fuentes-León. ISA: Shoreline U.S.: Wolfe. A favored title.
Philippines – Noy, directed by Dondon Santos. Producer ABS-CBN
Poland – All That I Love (Wszystko co Kocham), directed by Jacek Borcuch. ISA: Wide Management U.S.:–
Portugal – To Die Like A Man, directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. ISA: Films Boutique U.S.:–
Puerto Rico – Miente (Lie), directed by Rafi Mercado. ISA: Ondamax. U.S.:-
Romania – If I Want to Whistle…I Whistle, directed by Florin Serban. ISA: Celluloid Dreams U.S.: Film Movement
If I Want to Whistle…I Whistle
Russia – The Edge (Krai), directed by Aleksei Uchitel. ISA: – U.S.:-
Serbia – Besa, directed by Srdjan Karanovic. Producer: Film House
Slovakia – The Border, directed by Jaroslav Vojtek. Producer: Lion Prods.
Slovenia – 9:06, directed by Igor Sterk. ISA: Insomnia. U.S. –
South Africa – Life, Above All, directed by Oliver Schmitz. ISA: Bavaria U.S.: Sony Pictures Classics A favored title.
Life, Above All
South Korea – A Barefoot Dream, directed by Tae-gyun Kim. ISA: Showbox/ Mediaplex U.S.:-
Spain – Even The Rain, directed by Iciar Bollain ♀. ISA: Wild Bunch, U.S.:-
Sweden – Simple Simon, directed by Andreas Ohman. ISA: Swedish Film Institute U.S.:–
Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut ♀ & Véronique Reymond ♀. Producers: Iris, Vega
Taiwan – Monga, directed by Doze Niu. ISA: Distribution Workshop. U.S.: —
Thailand – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerathesakul. Winner Cannes FF 2010 Camera d’or. ISA: The Match Factory U.S.: Strand
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Turkey – Honey, directed by Semih Kaplanoglu. ISA: The Match Factory. U.S.: Olive
Venezuela – Hermano, directed by Marcel Rasquin. Winner Special Jury Award for First Work at Havana Film Festival, Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch, Critics Award Moscow FF, Best Film at Huelva FF, Audience Award at L.A. Latino FF. Contact producer A&B Producciones