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Palm Springs Fest Will Screen These 50 Foreign Oscar Contenders

Palm Springs Fest Will Screen These 50 Foreign Oscar Contenders

Running January 2-12, Palm Springs annually offers a robust showcase for the Foreign Language Oscar contenders. Many remain at large on the distribution market while others, including buzzy titles “Force Majeure,” “Mommy,” “Winter Sleep,” “Leviathan” and “Wild Tales” have had or will have qualifying runs in the US this season. This year the fest screens 50 of the 83 submissions.

Other must-sees include Brazil’s moving coming-of-age entry “The Way He Looks,” Finnish B&W knockout “Concrete Night,” elegant German entry “Beloved Sisters,” Hungary’s bold canine parable “White God,” France’s sexy biopic “Saint Laurent,” Lav Diaz’s sprawling four-hour Filipino epic “Norte, The End of History” and, of course, beloved-by-all Polish submission “Ida.”

READ MORE: 83 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders and Frontrunners

The Awards Buzz section is selected by programmers as the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. A special jury of international film critics will review these films to present the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress in this category. The following 50 films are selected to screen (in alphabetical order by country):

·         A Few Cubic Meters of Love (Afghanistan), Director Jamshid Mahmoudi

·         Wild Tales (Argentina), Director Damián Szifrón

·         Charlie’s Country (Australia), Director Rolf de Heer

·         The Dark Valley (Austria), Director Andreas Prochaska

·         Nabat (Azerbaijan), Director Elchin Musaoglu                                

·         Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France/Italy), Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

·         The Way He Looks (Brazil), Director Daniel Ribeiro

·         Mommy (Canada), Director Xavier Dolan  

·         To Kill a Man (Chile), Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras

·         The Nightingale (China), Director Philippe Muyl                        

·         Mateo (Colombia), Director Maria Gamboa

·         Cowboys (Croatia), Director Tomislav Mršić                              

·         Behavior (Cuba), Director Ernesto Daranas

·         Fair Play (Czech Republic), Director Andrea Sedláčková

·         Sorrow and Joy (Denmark), Director Nils Malmros                    

·         Tangerines (Estonia), Director Zaza Urushadze

·         Concrete Night (Finland), Director Pirjo Honkasalo

·         Saint Laurent (France), Director Bertrand Bonello

·         Corn Island (Georgia), Director George Ovashvili

·         Beloved Sisters (Germany), Director Dominik Graf

·         Little England (Greece), Director Pantelis Voulgaris

·         The Golden Era (Hong Kong), Director Ann Hui

·         White God (Hungary), Director Kornél Mundruczó

·         Life in a Fishbowl (Iceland), Director Baldvin Zophoníasson

·         Liar’s Dice (India), Director Geetu Mohandas

·         Today (Iran), Director Reza Mirkarimi

·         Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel), Directors Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

·         Human Capital (Italy), Director Paolo Virzì

·         The Light Shines Only There (Japan), Director Mipo O

·         Three Windows and a Hanging (Kosovo), Director Isa Qosja

·         Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains (Kyrgyzstan), Director Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

·         Rocks in My Pockets (Latvia), Director Signe Baumane

·         Ghadi (Lebanon), Director Amin Dora

·         Never Die Young (Luxembourg), Director Pol Cruchten

·         Timbuktu (Mauritania/France), Director Abderrahmane Sissako

·         Accused (Netherlands), Director Paula van der Oest

·         1001 Grams (Norway), Director Bent Hamer

·         Dukhtar (Pakistan), Director Afia Nathaniel

·         Eyes of a Thief (Palestine), Director Najwa Najjar

·         Norte, the End of History (Philippines), Director Lav Diaz

·         Ida (Poland), Director Pawel Pawlikowski

·         The Japanese Dog (Romania), Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

·         Leviathan (Russia), Director Andrey Zvyagintsev

·         See You in Montevideo (Serbia), Director Dragan Bjelogrlić

·         Sea Fog (South Korea), Director Sung-bo Shim

·         Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain), Director David Trueba

·         Force Majeure (Sweden), Director Ruben Östlund

·         Winter Sleep (Turkey), Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

·         The Guide (Ukraine), Director Oles Sanin

·         Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay), Director Álvaro Brechner

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