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Complete 2012 Foreign-Language Academy Award Submissions

Complete 2012 Foreign-Language Academy Award Submissions

The complete submission list for the 85th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has officially been announced. A record 71 countries will compete for the prize, whereas 63 countries submitted last year.

The selection includes high profile entries on this year’s festival circuit, including Michael Haneke’s “Amour” (Austria), Cate Shortland’s “Lore” (Australia), Christian Petzold’s “Barbara” (Germany), Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die” (Italy), Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond The Hills” (Romania), and Kim Ki-duk’s recent Venice Film Festival winner “Pieta” (South Korea).

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The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. Nine finalists from among the dozens of entries will be shortlisted in mid-January, with the final five nominees to be announced on January 10, 2013. Last year, the category ended up being won by Iran (for “A Separation”), a country that decided to boycott the Oscars this year.

The list of announced submissions is below:

Afghanistan – The Patience Stone, directed by Atiq Rahimi (Persian)

Albania – Pharmakon, directed by Joni Shanaj (Albania)

Algeria – Zabana!, directed by Saïd Ould Khelifa (Arabic, French)

Argentina – Clandestine Childhood, directed by Benjamín Ávila (Spanish)

Armenia – If Only Everyone, directed by Natalya Belyauskene (Armenian, Russian)

Australia – Lore, directed by Cate Shortland (German)

Austria – Amour, directed by Michael Haneke (French)

Azerbaijan – Buta, directed by Ilgar Najaf (Azeri)

Bangladesh – Ghetuptra Kamola, directed by Humayun Ahmed (Bengali)

Belgium – Our Children, directed by Joachim Lafosse (French)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Children of Sarajevo, directed by Aida Begić (Bosnian)

Brazil – The Clown, directed by Selton Mello   (Portuguese)

Bulgaria – Sneakers, directed by Valeri Yordanov   (Bulgarian)

Cambodia – Lost Loves, directed by Chhay Bora  (Khmer)

Canada – War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen (French, Lingala)

Chile – No, directed by Pablo Larrain (Spanish)

China – Caught in the Web, directed by Chen Kaige

Colombia – El Cartel de los Sapos, directed by Carlos Moreno (Spanish)

Croatia – Cannibal Vegetarian, directed by Branko Schmidt (Croatian)

Czech Republic – In The Shadows, directed by David Ondricek (Czech, German)

Denmark – A Royal Affair, directed by Nikolaj Arcel (Danish)

Dominican Republic – Check Mate, directed by José María Cabral   (Spanish)

Estonia – Mushrooming, directed by Toomas Hussar  (Estonian)

Finland – Purge, directed by Antti Jokinen  (Finnish)

France – The Intouchables, directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache (French)

Georgia – Keep Smiling, directed by Rusudan Chkonia (Georgian)

Germany – Barbara, directed by Christian Petzold (German)

Greece – Unfair World, directed by Filippos Tsitos (Greek)

Greenland – Inuk, directed by Mike Magidson

Hong Kong – Life Without Principle, directed by Johnnie To (Cantonese)

Hungary – Just The Wind, directed by Benedek Fliegauf (Hungarian)

Iceland – The Deep, directed by Baltasar Kormákur     (Icelandic)

India – Barfi!, directed by Anurag Basu   (Hindi)

Indonesia – Tiny Dancer, directed by Ifa Isfansyah   (Indonesian, Banymasan)

Israel – Fill The Void, directed by Rama Burshtein    (Hebrew)

Italy – Caesar Must DIe, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani   (Italy)

Japan – Our Homeland, directed by Yong-hi Yang (Japanese)

Kazakhstan – Myn Bala, directed by Akan Satayev (Kazakh)

Kenya – Nairobi Half Life, directed by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga (Swahili)

Kyrgyzstan – The Empty Home, Nurbek Egen, director;

Latvia – Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg, directed by Yevgeni Pashkevich (Russian)

Lithuania – Ramin, directed by Audrius Stonys

Macedonia –The Third Half, directed by Darko Mitrevski (Macedonian, German, Bulgarian)

Malaysia – Bunohan, directed by Dain Iskandar Said

Mexico – After Lucia, directed by Michel Franco  (Spanish)

Morocco – Death For Sale, directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi   (Arabic)

Netherlands – Kauwboy, directed by Boudewijn Koole (Dutch)

Norway – Kon-Tiki, directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (Norwegian)

Palestinian Territories – When I Saw You, directed by Annemarie Jacir (Arabic)

Peru – The Bad Intentions, directed by Rosario Garcia-Montero (Spanish)

Phillippines – Bwakaw, directed by Jun Lana (Tagalog)

Poland – 80 Million, directed by Waldemar Krzystek (Polish)

Portugal – Blood of My Blood, directed by João Canijo (Portuguese)

Romania – Beyond The Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu (Romanian)

Russia – White Tiger, directed by Karen Shakhnazarov (Russian)

Serbia – When Day Breaks, directed by Goran Paskaljević  (Serbian)

Singapore – Already Famous, directed by Michelle Chong

Slovakia – Made in Ash, directed by Iveta Grófová (Slovak, German, Czech)

Slovenia – A Trip, directed by Nejc Gazvoda (Slovene)

South Africa – Little One, directed by Darrell Roodt (Afrikaans)

South Korea – Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-duk (Korean)

Spain – Blancanieves, directed by Pablo Berger (Spanish)

Sweden – The Hypnotist, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Swedish)

Switzerland – Sister, directed by Ursala Meier (French)

Taiwan – Touch of the Light, directed by Chang Rong-ji (Mandarin)

Thailand – Headshot, directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thai)

Turkey – Where The Fire Burns, directed by İsmail Güneş (Turkish)

Urkraine – Firecrosser, directed by Mykhailo Illienko (Russian, Ukranian)

Uruguay – The Delay, directed by Rodrigo Plá (Spanish)

Venezuela – Rock, Paper, Scissors, directed by Hernán Jabes   (Spanish)

Vietnam – The Scent of Burning Glass, directed by Nguyễn Hữu Mười   (Vietnamese)

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According to the article, there are nine finalists shortlisted in mid-January, then on January 10, the five nominees are revealed. What do they consider mid-January to be?

rosli dol

Good luck to Bunohan from Malaysia…who knows, we might shake up a little bit Oscar night?


Blood of My Blood- Yes, great movie

Johny Graham

in my opinion these should be the nominees:

Austria – Amour, directed by Michael Haneke (French)
France – The Intouchables, directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache (French)
Portugal РBlood of My Blood, directed by Jọo Canijo (Portuguese)
South Korea – Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-duk (Korean)
Australia – Lore, directed by Cate Shortland (German)

Scott Boyd

Being a foreign film collector, this is among my favorite categories. You've mentioned the "hot list," but there are always surprises. Other very well received films: "Caesar Must Die," "A Royal Affair," "Fill The Void," "Sister," "Children of Sarajevo." A film which has thus far fallen under the radar is one I'm looking most forward to: "The Hypnotist." It's Oscar-friendly Lasse Hallstrom's first thriller.

robert gray

Michael Haneke's film is in French, not Italian; it's titled Amour, not Amore.


There is no mention of India. Its official submission is Barfi by Anurag Basu Please post the updated list

Jane doe

Five movies are in french. That's a lot. "Amour" or "Intouchables" is gonna win, that's 100% sure. They are the best movies of this list.




India announced its choice – Barfi, an overtly melodramatic and crowd pleasing film. Doubt it has any chance at the Oscars, but who knows worse films have been nominated before.

Rachel Sanders

I saw Blood of My Blood (Portugal's submission) at the Toronto Film Festival and loved it. I really hope it gets nominated! It would be the first time for Portugal. There's such good movies all over the world, specially in Europe and no one talks about them..

Douglas Rodrigues

It was announced today, in Brazil, that the country's submission will be "O Palhaço" ("the clown", free translation), directed by Selton Mello.


Finland announced today….


Hey good luck everyone .. i just have small request .. where can i get all the info and database or news on all the foreign films releasing and released ..


And you can add The Intouchables for France o/


Good luck macedonia!


Thanks for this update. One question: What happens to Rust & Bone?.

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