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Final List of Foreign Language Academy Award Submissions

"A Separation."

The submission list for the 84th Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has been officially announced, with 63 countries selecting films. The selection includes high profile entries on this year's festival circuit, including Wim Wenders's "Pina" (Germany), Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" (Finland), Béla Tarr's "The Turin Horse" (Hungary), Joseph Cedar's "Footnote" (Israel), Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" (Iran) and Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award winner "Where Do We Go Now?," directed by Nadine Labaki.

Labaki is part of a notable trend in the submissions, with a significant amount of countries submitting female-directed films, including France (Valérie Donzelli's "Declaration of War"), Hong Kong (Ann Hui's "A Simple Life"), Norway (Anne Sewitsky's "Happy Happy"), Poland (Agnieszka Holland's "In Darkness"), The Netherlands (Maria Peters's "Sonny Boy") and multiple others.

Last year, the category ended up being won by Denmark (in another female-directed example, Susanne Bier's "In a Better World"). The list of announced submissions is below. The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was October 3, 2011. The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.

Albania - Amnesty[, directed by Bujar Alimani

Argentina - Aballay, directed by Fernando Spiner

Austria - Breathing, directed by Karl Markovics

Belgium - Bullhead, directed by Michaël R. Roskam

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belvedere, directed by Ahmed Imamović

Brazil - Tropa de Elite 2, directed by José Padilha

Bulgaria - Tilt, directed by Viktor Chouchkov

Canada - Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Philippe Falardeau

Chile - Violeta, directed by Andres Wood

China - Flowers of War, directed by Zhang Yimou

Colombia - The Colors of the Mountain, directed by Carlos César Arbeláez

Croatia - 72 Days, directed by Danilo Šerbedžija

Cuba - Habanastation, directed by Ian Padrón

Czech Republic - Alois Nebel, directed by Tomás Lunák

Denmark - SuperClásico, directed by Ole Christian Madsen

Dominican Republic - Love Child, directed by Leticia Tonos

Egypt - Lust, directed by Khaled El Hagar

Estonia - Letters to Angel, directed by Sulev Keedus

Finland - Le Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismaki

France - Declaration of War, directed by Valérie Donzelli

Georgia - Chantrapas, directed by Otar Iosseliani

Germany - Pina, directed by Wim Wenders

Greece - Attenberg, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Hong Kong - A Simple Life, directed by Ann Hui

Hungary - The Turin Horse, directed by Bela Tarr

Iceland - Volcano, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

India - Adaminte Makan Abu, directed by Salim Ahamed

Indonesia - Under the Protection of Ka’Bah, directed by Hanny R. Saputra

Iran - A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi

Ireland - As If I Am Not There, directed by Juanita Wilson

Israel - Footnote, directed by Joseph Cedar

Italy - Terraferma, directed by Emanuele Crialese

Japan - Postcard, directed by Kaneto Shindō

Kazakhstan - Returning to the ‘A', directed by Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky

Lebanon - Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labaki

Lithuania - Back to Your Arms, directed by Kristijonas Vildžiūnas

Macedonia - Punk's Not Dead, directed by Vladimir Blazevski

Mexico - Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo

Morocco - Omar Killed Me, directed by Roschdy Zem

Netherlands - Sonny Boy, directed by Maria Peters

New Zealand - The Orator, directed by Tusi Tamasese

Norway - Happy, Happy, directed by Anne Sewitsky

Peru - October, directed by Daniel Vega Vidal

Phillippines - The Woman in the Septic Tank, directed by Marlon Rivera

Poland - In Darkness, directed by Agnieszka Holland

Portugal - Jose and Pilar, directed by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Romania - Morgen, directed by Marian Crisan

Russia - Burnt By The Sun 2: Citadel, directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

Serbia - Montevideo, God Bless You!, directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić

Singapore - Tatsumi, directed by Eric Khoo

Slovakia - Gypsy, directed by Martin Sulik

Slovenia - Silent Sonata, directed by Janez Burger

South Africa - Beauty, directed by Oliver Hermanus

South Korea - The Front Line, directed by Jang Hun

Spain - Black Bread, directed by Agustí Villaronga

Sweden - Beyond, directed by Pernilla August

Switzerland - Summer Games, directed by Rolando Colla

Taiwan - Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te-Sheng

Thailand - Kon Khon, directed by Sarunyu Wongkrachang

Turkey - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

United Kingdom - Patagonia, directed by Marc Evans

Uruguay - The Silent House, directed by Gustavo Hernández

Venezuela - The Rumble of the Stones, directed by Alejandro Bellame Palacios

Vietnam - Thang Long Aspiration, directed by Lưu Trọng Ninh

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  • Saeed | January 24, 2012 6:09 AMReply

    A Separation is really fantastic....

  • Tom | January 24, 2012 6:07 AMReply

    A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi is one of the best films i've ever seen. its the winner.

  • roya | January 17, 2012 3:51 AMReply

    a seperation.............................will win

  • Pere Sanllei | January 16, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    BLACK BREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elisabet | January 15, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    Black Bread explains the awakening of the moral conscience of a child in a hard historical context: a postwar period. All this explained in a poetic but also very realistic way. Do not miss

  • Sergi Doladé | January 14, 2012 2:11 PMReply


  • Aleksandra Jurkovic | January 13, 2012 5:42 PMReply

    Serbian film, "Montevideo, God bless You!" is by all means brilliant, heartwarming film that would have all family glued to a TV. The way story shows how young Yugoslav football players won their right to represent their country at first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 is fabulous and I personally can not wait to see a sequel which is due to be released this year.

  • Sara | January 12, 2012 1:08 AMReply

    "A separation" is one of the best one that I've ever seen. I'm sure that will be The Best Foreign Language Film.

  • HOSSEIN | January 8, 2012 11:23 AMReply

    "a separation": you should watch this film many times to feel deeper and deeper... It talks about paradoxes between personal values and family values.

  • Andrew | January 5, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    THE ORATOR from New Zealand.

  • mehrbod | January 5, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    I'm sure.

  • Miley.H | January 3, 2012 6:55 AMReply

    I'm sure "a separation" will win.It deserve it.

  • Clara | December 30, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    Bullhead should at least be nominated: The director has been named as one of the most promising directors in 'Variety' because of this movie. It has won many prices in different countries (Russia, Belgium, Germany, United States...) It's a mesmerizing movie, a crime movie with an original storyline. Moreover, it's also very psychological. + Matthias Schoenaerts did an absolute fabulous job; In my opinion, one of the most promising actors who's making his way to hollywood. He played alongside Marion Cottilard, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, James Marsden, Karl Urban... You guys should keep an eye on him.

  • Rayane | December 28, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    Where Do We Go Now (Lebanon) shoud win for these reasons: 1- Till now it won more than 10 International Awards including one of the most important: Audience Award at the 63rd Toronto International Film Festival - Canada (2011). - Best Movie Award, the Best Scenario Award & the Best Actress Award for Claude Baz Moussawbaa in Oran Arab Film Festival, Algeria (2011) - Best Screenplay Award & the Best Music Award (Khaled Mouzanar) in Stockholm Festival, Sweden (2011) - Audience Award: Best Narrative Film at the DTFF - Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar (2011) - Audience Award in Oslo (2011) - Bayard D'or for the actresses of the movie, the Bayard D'or for the Best Film& the Award of the Jury Junior in the 26th International Francophone Film Festival of Namur, Belgium (2011) - Award To The European Film, Audience Award at the 2011 San Sebastián International Film Festival - Spain (2011) - Nadine won the award of Best Actress in Angoulême Film Festival - France (2011) - Francois Chalais award "Un Certain Regard" & the audience's award in Cannes Festival - France (2011) and more to come 2- "Where Do We Go Now" is officially the Biggest Arabic speaking film released in Lebanon. 3- "Where Do We Go Now?" is the 3rd all time Lebanese Box office Hit under James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar and ahead of Mel's Gibson Passion of The Christ. While watching the movie, you laugh, you cry, you listen to an amazing music !! We need the message it delivers nowadays . Simply the best !!! Good Luck, Where Do We Go Now really deserves this award !!

  • Imma | December 27, 2011 11:31 PMReply

    THE FIRST GRADER from KENYA....how can anyon miss that??

  • asfhir | December 19, 2011 7:24 AMReply

    the orator (new zealand) sad movie should win something

  • asif | December 18, 2011 3:24 PMReply

    Adaminte Makan Abu (india)
    superb movie

  • Rabihzeitouny | December 16, 2011 5:00 PMReply

    Where do we go now is one of the bedt movies I've ever seen. Good job NADINE LBAKI!

  • onur | December 5, 2011 8:24 PMReply

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia must be nominated.It is very great movie.

  • John | October 19, 2011 10:17 AMReply

    Spain's Black Bread is a great movie!

  • Jaie | October 11, 2011 4:05 AMReply

    I think you are missing the Dominican Republic's entry, "La Hija Natural".

  • djpal1 | September 26, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    South Africa's Beauty was one of the worst films I saw at Toronto. It was a poorly edited film that featured a truly despicable lead character.

  • Darryl Anka | September 26, 2011 3:15 AMReply

    Darryl Anka’s feature film, “DEARLY DEPARTED,” needs support to finish post-production.

    “DEARLY DEPARTED” is a fictional documentary, shot as though the film crew took a camera into the spirit world and interviewed dead people to get their take on life after death.

    The video’s at kickstarter.com:


    Thank you!

  • aparecida lopes | September 24, 2011 12:47 PMReply

    tropa de elite, mereçe esse credito,

  • saidgb2 | September 21, 2011 12:17 PMReply

    i hope morocco's Omar killed me make it to the final nominees and way not even win

  • Anna | September 21, 2011 12:15 PMReply

    Brazil is submitting Elite Squad 2.

  • Aadm | September 21, 2011 7:27 AMReply

    I am rooting for Tropa de Elite 2! I love the first one and I am hoping #2 is released in the United States. I believe City of God and Elite Squad could have been box office gold in America if they were marketed correctly.

  • Mike | September 21, 2011 5:21 AMReply

    Really Russia? Not Elena?

  • Kingrandom | September 21, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    I wish Japan had submitted 13 Assassins instead.

  • Albert | September 21, 2011 3:22 AMReply

    Sorry, I meant "Sarah's Key".

  • Albert | September 21, 2011 3:20 AMReply

    What about "Rachel's Key"? Does that qualify as a French film?

  • Tiago Ramos | September 20, 2011 8:11 AMReply

    "José and Pilar" is such a good movie. It's a documentay but his structure looks like fiction and the message of love that is brought to us is universal and moving. It's a big movie, lovely and a major surprise! The movie is co-produced by portuguese Jumpcut, O2 (Fernando Meirelles) and El Deseo (Pedro Almodóvar)!