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A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 18, 2007 at 3:13AM

A record 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards, AMPAS President Sid Ganis announced Wednesday. Among the entries released by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are Israel's "Beaufort," after "The Band's Visit"'s controversial disqualification (as indieWIRE's Anthony Kaufman discusses here), and Taiwan's "Island Etude." Sources had suggested that Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" would be that country's pick, but the Academy decided there was not enough Tawianese particpation, despite Lee's similarly produced "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon winning the award in 2001. Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PT and the Oscars will be presented Sunday, February 24, 2008 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
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A record 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards, AMPAS President Sid Ganis announced Wednesday. Among the entries released by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are Israel's "Beaufort," after "The Band's Visit"'s controversial disqualification (as indieWIRE's Anthony Kaufman discusses here), and Taiwan's "Island Etude." Sources had suggested that Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" would be that country's pick, but the Academy decided there was not enough Tawianese particpation, despite Lee's similarly produced "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon winning the award in 2001. Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PT and the Oscars will be presented Sunday, February 24, 2008 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

The 2007 Foreign Language Film submissions are:

Argentina, "XXY," Lucia Puenzo, director


Australia, "The Home Song Stories," Tony Ayres, director


Austria, "The Counterfeiters," Stefan Ruzowitzky, director


Azerbaijan, "Caucasia," Farid Gumbatov, director


Bangladesh, "On the Wings of Dreams," Golam Rabbany Biplob, director


Belgium, "Ben X," Nic Balthazar, director


Bosnia and Herzegovina, "It's Hard to Be Nice," Srdan Vuletic, director


Brazil, "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," Cao Hamburger, director


Bulgaria, "Warden of the Dead," Ilian Simeonov, director


Canada, "Days of Darkness," Denys Arcand, director


Chile, "Padre Nuestro," Rodrigo Sepulveda, director


China, "The Knot," Yin Li, director


Colombia, "Satanas," Andi Baiz, director


Croatia, "Armin," Ognjen Svilicic, director


Cuba, "The Silly Age," Pavel Giroud, director


Czech Republic, "I Served the King of England," Jiri Menzel, director


Denmark, "The Art of Crying," Peter Schonau Fog, director


Egypt, "In the Heliopolis Flat," Mohamed Khan, director


Estonia, "The Class," Ilmar Raag, director


Finland, "A Man's Job," Aleksi Salmenpera, director


France, "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, directors


Georgia, "The Russian Triangle," Aleko Tsabadze, director


Germany, "The Edge of Heaven," Fatih Akin, director


Greece, "Eduart," Angeliki Antoniou, director


Hong Kong, "Exiled," Johnnie To, director


Hungary, "Taxidermia," Gyorgy Palfi, director


Iceland, "Jar City," Baltasar Kormakur, director


India, "Eklavya - The Royal Guard," Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director


Indonesia, "Denias, Singing on the Cloud," John De Rantau, director


Iran, "M for Mother," Rasoul Mollagholipour, director


Iraq, "Jani Gal," Jamil Rostami, director


Ireland, "Kings," Tom Collins, director


Israel, "Beaufort," Joseph Cedar, director


Italy, "The Unknown," Giuseppe Tornatore, director


Japan, "I Just Didn't Do It," Masayuki Suo, director


Kazakhstan, "Mongol," Sergei Bodrov, director


Korea, "Secret Sunshine," Chang-dong Lee, director


Lebanon, "Caramel," Nadine Labaki, director


Luxembourg, "Little Secrets," Pol Cruchten, director


Macedonia, "Shadows," Milcho Manchevski, director


Mexico, "Silent Light," Carlos Reygadas, director


The Netherlands, "Duska," Jos Stelling, director


Norway, "Gone with the Woman," Petter Naess, director


Peru, "Crossing a Shadow," Augusto Tamayo, director


Philippines, "Donsol," Adolfo Alix, Jr., director


Poland, "Katyn," Andrzej Wajda, director


Portugal, "Belle Toujours," Manoel de Oliveira, director


Puerto Rico, "Love Sickness," Carlitos Ruiz, Mariem Perez, directors


Romania, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Cristian Mungiu, director


Russia, "12," Nikita Mikhalkov, director


Serbia, "The Trap," Srdan Golubovic, director


Singapore, "881," Royston Tan, director


Slovakia, "Return of the Storks," Martin Repka, director


Slovenia, "Short Circuits," Janez Lapajne, director


Spain, "The Orphanage," J.A. Bayona, director


Sweden, "You, the Living," Roy Andersson, director


Switzerland, "Late Bloomers," Bettina Oberli, director


Taiwan, "Island Etude," Chen Huai-En, director


Thailand, "King of Fire," Chatrichalerm Yukol, director


Turkey, "A Man's Fear of God," Ozer Kiziltan, director


Uruguay, "The Pope's Toilet," Enrique Fernandez, Cesar Charlone, directors


Venezuela, "Postcards from Leningrad," Mariana Rondon, director


Vietnam, "The White Silk Dress," Luu Huynh, director

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