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Films From 61 Countries Vying For Oscar Nod

Indiewire By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire October 21, 2006 at 2:5AM

61 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards, Academy President Sid Ganis announced Thursday. The complete list is published below, but lacks Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which was submitted by Finland but subsequently withdrawn by the filmmaker. The Academy said in a statement Thursday that an AMPAS rep is in conversations with Kaurismaki to persuade him to change his mind. The nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 and the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
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61 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards, Academy President Sid Ganis announced Thursday. The complete list is published below, but lacks Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which was submitted by Finland but subsequently withdrawn by the filmmaker. The Academy said in a statement Thursday that an AMPAS rep is in conversations with Kaurismaki to persuade him to change his mind. The nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 and the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007.

In his latest World Cinema column, Anthony Kaufman surveyed the early foreign language Oscar race.

The 2006 Foreign Language Film submissions are:

Algeria, "Days of Glory," Rachid Bouchareb, director


Argentina, "Family Law," Daniel Burman, director


Australia, "Ten Canoes," Rolf de Heer, director


Austria, "You Bet Your Life," Antonin Svoboda, director


Bangladesh, "Forever Flows," Abu Sayeed, director


Belgium, "Someone Else's Happiness," Fien Troch, director


Bolivia, "American Visa," Juan Carlos Valdivia, director


Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Grbavica," Jasmila Zbanic, director


Brazil, "Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures," Marcelo Gomes, director


Bulgaria, "Monkeys in Winter," Milena Andonova, director


Canada, "Water," Deepa Mehta, director


Chile, "En la Cama," Matiaz Bize, director


China, "Curse of the Golden Flower," Zhang Yimou, director


Colombia, "A Ton of Luck," Rodrigo Triana, director


Croatia, "Libertas," Veljko Bulajic, director


Cuba, "El Benny," Jorge Luis Sanchez, director


Czech Republic, "Lunacy," Jan Svankmajer, director


Denmark, "After the Wedding," Susanne Bier, director


Egypt, "The Yacoubian Building," Marwan Hamed, director


France, "Avenue Montaigne," Daniele Thompson, director


Germany, "The Lives of Others," Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director


Greece, "Chariton's Choir," Grigoris Karantinakis, director


Hong Kong, "The Banquet," Feng Xiaogang, director


Hungary, "White Palms," Szabolcs Hajdu, director


Iceland, "Children," Ragnar Bragason, director


India, "Rang De Basanti," Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director


Indonesia, "Love for Share," Nia Dinata, director


Iran, "Transit Cafe," Kambozia Partovi, director


Iraq, "Dreams," Mohamed Al-Daradji, director


Israel, "Sweet Mud," Dror Shaul, director


Italy, "Golden Door," Emanuele Crialese, director


Japan, "Hula Girls," Sang-il Lee, director


Kazakhstan, "Nomad," Sergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov, Ivan Passer, directors


Korea, "King and the Clown," Lee Jun-ik, director


Kyrgyzstan, "The Wedding Chest," Nurbek Egen, director


Lebanon, "Bosta," Philippe Aractingi, director


Lithuania, "Before Flying Back to Earth," Arunas Matelis, director


Macedonia, "Kontakt," Sergei Stanojkovski, director


Mexico, "Pan's Labyrinth," Guillermo del Toro, director


Morocco, "The Moroccan Symphony," Kamal Kamal, director


Nepal, "Basain," Subash Prasad Gajurel, director


The Netherlands, "Black Book," Paul Verhoeven, director


Norway, "Reprise," Joachim Trier, director


Peru, "Madeinusa," Claudia Llosa, director


Philippines, "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," Auraeus Solito, director


Poland, "Retrieval," Slawomir Fabicki, director


Portugal, "Alice," Marco Martins, director


Puerto Rico, "Thieves and Liars," Ricardo Mendez Matta, director


Romania, "The Way I Spent the End of the World," Catalin Mitulescu, director


Russia, "9th Company," Fyodor Bondarchuk, director


Serbia, "Tomorrow Morning," Oleg Novkovic, director


Slovenia, "Gravehopping," Jan Cvitkovic, director


Spain, "Volver," Pedro Almodovar, director


Sweden, "Falkenberg Farewell," Jesper Ganslandt, director


Switzerland, "Vitus," Fredi M. Murer, director


Taiwan, "Blue Cha Cha," Cheng Wen-tang, director


Thailand, "Ahimsa Stop to Run," Leo Kittikorn, director


Turkey, "Ice Cream, I Scream," Yuksel Aksu, director


Ukraine, "Aurora," Oxana Bayrak, director


Venezuela, "Maroa," Solveig Hoogesteijn, director


Vietnam, "Story of Pao," Ngo Quang Hai, director

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