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Final List of Foreign Language Academy Submissions

A scene from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Biutiful."

The submission list for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has been finalized, with 65 countries having now announced their selections. The selection includes high profile entries on this year's festival circuit, including Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful" (Mexico), Xavier Beauvois's "Of Gods and Men" (France), Apichatpong Weerathesakul's "Uncle Boonmee Can Recall His Past Lives" (Thailand), Susanne Bier's "In a Better World" (Denmark) Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" (Canada), and Oliver Schmitz's "Life, Above All" (South Africa).

indieWIRE had taken a look at the unofficial version of the list a few weeks back, noting Italy's dismissal of Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love" as perhaps the most controversial exclusion from the submission list.

Though its the same amount of films as last year, there are some notable differences. Armenia, Australia, Bolivia, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the UK all participated last year but did not submit this year. Countries submitting in their place included first timers Greenland, for "Nuummioq," a film indieWIRE profiled last week. It was the very first feature film produced by the country, and Ethiopia, with "The Athlete," directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew.

Last year, the category ended up being won by Juan José Campanella's "The Secret In Their Eyes," from Argentina. This year that country submitted "Carancho," directed by Pablo Trapero. The complete list of submissions is below. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

Albania - East, West, East, directed by Gjergj Xhuvani

Algeria - Outside the Law, directed by Rachid Bouchareb (film page)

Argentina - Carancho, Pablo Trapero

Austria - La Pivellina, directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel

Azerbaijan - Precinct, directed by Ilgar Safat

Bangladesh - Third Person Singular Number, directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Belgium - Illegal, directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Cirkus Columbia, directed by Danis Tanovic

Brazil - Lula, o filho do Brasil, directed by Fábio Barreto

Bulgaria - Eastern Plays, directed by Kamen Kalev

Canada - Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve (film page)

Chile - The Life of Fish, directed by Matías Bize

China - Aftershock, directed by Feng Xiaogang (film page)

Colombia - Crab Trap, directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia

Costa Rica - Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo

Croatia - The Blacks, directed by Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric

Czech Republic - Kawasaki's Rose, directed by Jan Hrebejk

Denmark - In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier (film page)

Egypt - Messages From The Sea, directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed

Estonia - The Temptation of St. Tony, directed by Veiko Öunpuu

Ethiopia - The Athlete, directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew

Finland - Steam of Life, directed by Joonas Berghail & Mika Hotakainen

France - Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois (film page)

Georgia - Street Days, directed Levan Koguashvili

Germany - When We Leave, directed by Feo Aladag

Greece - Dogtooth, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (film page)

Greenland - Nuummioq, directed by Torben Bech and Otto Rosing

Hong Kong - Echoes of the Rainbow, directed by Alex Law

Hungary - Bibliteque Pascal, directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Iceland - Mamma Gógó, directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

India - Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi

Indonesia - How Funny (This Country Is), directed by Deddy Mizwar

Iran - Farewell Baghdad, directed by Mehdi Naderi

Iraq - Son of Babylon, directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji

Italy - The First Beautiful Thing, directed by Paolo Virzì

Israel - The Human Resources Manager, directed by Eran Riklis

Japan - Confessions, directed by Tetsuya Nakashima

Kazakhstan - Strayed, directed by Akan Satayev

Latvia - Hong Kong Confidential, directed by Maris Martinsons

Macedonia - Mothers, directed by Milcho Manchevski

Mexico - Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Netherlands - Tirza, directed by Rudolph van den Berg

Nicaragua - Le Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey

Norway - Angel, directed by Margreth Olin

Peru - Undertow, directed by Javier Fuentes-León

Philippines - Noy, directed by Dondon Santos

Poland - All That I Love, directed by Jacek Borcuch

Portugal - To Die Like A Man, directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Puerto Rico - Miente, directed by Rafi Mercado

Romania - If I Want to Whistle...I Whistle, directed by Florin Serban (film page)

Russia - The Edge, directed by Aleksei Uchitel

Serbia - Besa, directed by Srdjan Karanovic

Slovakia - The Border, directed by Jaroslav Vojtek

Slovenia - 9:06, directed by Igor Sterk

South Africa - Life, Above All, directed by Oliver Schmitz (film page)

South Korea - A Barefoot Dream, directed by Tae-gyun Kim

Spain - Even The Rain, directed by Iciar Bollain

Sweden - Simple Simon, directed by Andreas Ohman

Switzerland - La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

Taiwan - Monga, directed by Doze Niu

Thailand - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerathesakul (film page)

Turkey - Honey, directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

Venezuela - Hermano, directed by Marcel Rasquin

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32 Comments

  • Juergen R. | February 3, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    It´s a real shame for the US-American Oscar´s committee that they did not elect the film

    "When we leave" or "Die Fremde" in German. This is one of the most powerful films ever

    produced during the last years. So, shame on the US-Americans and that Oscar Committee.

    It just prooves that they are completely ignorant of what´s going on in the rest of the world.

    Thanks to Feo Aladag, the Writer, Producer and Regisseur as well as to the really heavenly

    actress Sibel Kekilli . Especially Sibel Kekilli is much more impressive than somebody like

    Katie Holst. Or has one to be member of her LRH Organisation to wina prize ?

  • GUSTAVO BRICEÑO | October 15, 2010 8:46 AMReply

    viva hermano VENEZUELA

  • twhalliii | October 15, 2010 8:12 AMReply

    OF GODS AND MEN will walk this group.

  • Astrid | October 15, 2010 3:01 AMReply

    HERMANO EXCELENT! I TOTALLY LOVED IT <3 ... I HOPE IT GETS NOMINATED!

  • ethan | October 14, 2010 9:57 AMReply

    creepie dudes: roban, carlos and sergio,

  • Margot | October 14, 2010 9:54 AMReply

    Icair Bollain the director of TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA (EVEN THE RAIN), the Spanish submission is also female. So make that 9 women directors.

  • Carlos Sicilia | October 14, 2010 6:42 AMReply

    "Hermano"... no me gusta, no me gusta, no me gusta, no me gusta .

  • Sergio M. | October 14, 2010 5:31 AMReply

    Lo único bueno de "Hermano" es la actriz que interpreta a la mamá (Marcela Girón)...¡Está demasiado rica!, de resto, la cinta es de un blandengue inaceptable (fotografícamente hablando se plagia descaradamente a "Ciudad de Dios").

  • roban chalbaud | October 14, 2010 5:24 AMReply

    Hermano...¡This movie stinks!

  • Leons | October 14, 2010 5:18 AMReply

    HERMANO won the Saint George prize in this year Moscow Film Fest, hope it gets nominated, it's a very Good Film, with a solid argument and very well told ... I'm also looking forward to see "Biutiful" on the list.

  • nikolasT | October 14, 2010 4:35 AMReply

    DOGTOOTH is one of the best films we saw in 2010...

  • A. Monteiro | October 14, 2010 4:25 AMReply

    Sigh, Brazil will never stand a chance while the Barreto family keeps pushing their lame movies to the academy every year...

  • Eduardo | October 14, 2010 3:28 AMReply

    I hope Undertow gets nominated. It'll be awesome if Peru gets two nominations in a row.

  • Alí Reyes | October 14, 2010 2:04 AMReply

    Hermano, of Venezuela will better movie ¡Sure!

  • Natasha | October 14, 2010 1:50 AMReply

    Lula, o filho do Brasil it's a really great film about our dear president.

  • ALVARO | October 13, 2010 12:47 PMReply

    I DEFENITELY RECOMMEND HERMANO THATS A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO ALL THE LOSTED SOULS IN OUR POOR AND DROPOUT SOCIETY

  • Paula | October 13, 2010 12:36 PMReply

    Biutiful is good, but Hermano is better man...

  • Jalim | October 13, 2010 12:34 PMReply

    GO messages of the sea, great movie

  • Javier | October 13, 2010 12:29 PMReply

    WOW i hope "Hermano" win! It's an excelent movie I totally recomend it. Venezuelan film making is been improving quite faster! You get to watch that film :D

  • Alfredo Isabina | October 13, 2010 12:12 PMReply

    Hermano...could be a beautiful surprise for Latin America

  • nede lande vaz da silva | October 13, 2010 9:36 AMReply

    Why Lula o Filho do Brasil instead of Tropa de Elite 2?

  • btop | October 13, 2010 8:51 AMReply

    Dragon Tattoo was last year and Sweden didn't submit it.

  • Albert | October 13, 2010 8:25 AMReply

    No "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"?

  • Peter | October 13, 2010 8:24 AMReply

    That’s far from a parity and remember that in U.S. 55% of theater tickets are bought by women.

    That probably tells us that men know what women want to see in a movie :D
    And yea, take a look at Milcho Manchevski - Mothers!

  • Peter | October 13, 2010 8:24 AMReply

    That’s far from a parity and remember that in U.S. 55% of theater tickets are bought by women.

    That probably tells us that men know what women want to see in a movie :D
    And yea, take a look at Milcho Manchevski - Mothers!

  • AlejandroD | October 13, 2010 7:27 AMReply

    Keep an eye on the Venezuelan film "Hermano" wich is getting a lot of international recognition and for the first time in a years we can be proud of a film made in our country.

  • Josh | October 13, 2010 7:18 AMReply

    Credit most women for being smart enough to avoid "art-house film director" as a profession.

    Was Certified Copy ineligible? Shame if it was.

  • Greg | October 13, 2010 6:50 AMReply

    Iciar Bollain, director of 'También la lluvia' the spanish choice, is a woman too

    The Female Factor ♀: As of the writing of this piece 63 countries have submitted films. Only 8 are directed by women — that’s 12.7% which seems to be an average of women in festivals, winning awards, etc. That’s far from a parity and remember that in U.S. 55% of theater tickets are bought by women.

    Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
    Costa Rica - Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo
    Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier
    Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag
    India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi
    Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey
    Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin
    Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

  • Sydney Levine | October 8, 2010 9:25 AMReply

    The Female Factor ♀: As of the writing of this piece 63 countries have submitted films. Only 8 are directed by women — that’s 12.7% which seems to be an average of women in festivals, winning awards, etc. That's far from a parity and remember that in U.S. 55% of theater tickets are bought by women.

    Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
    Costa Rica - Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo
    Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier
    Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag
    India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi
    Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey
    Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin
    Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

  • Dayani Centeno-Torres | October 4, 2010 4:20 AMReply

    Hi!
    Visit www.mientethemovie.com for synopsis and info about Puerto Rican film MIENTE and director Rafi Mercado.
    Thanks!

  • rania | October 3, 2010 3:22 AMReply

    In case you missed it, India's PEEPLI LIVE is an excellent feature that takes on a distressing social issue using humor/entertainment.

  • Talgat | October 2, 2010 1:18 AMReply

    Kazakhstan is presented by "Strayed" film by Akan Satayev