The Motion Picture Academy has set 5 pm Monday, October 3 as the deadline to submit complete entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories. Last year 65 films qualified for the foreign language Oscar race. Only five will be selected by the foreign language committee, headed by producer Mark Johnson.
The foreign submissions are kept up-to-date at indieWIRE as well as The Film Experience, which also supplies poster art and past nominations per country, if any. Sony Pictures Classics so far has three of the official submissions: Iran’s acclaimed A Separation, Israel’s Cannes prize-winning Footnote, and Polish holocaust drama In Darkness from Agniesca Holland; Spain has not yet announced whether it has selected Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.
Meanwhile IFC has the controversial Albanian entry The Forgiveness of Blood, directed in Albania in Albanian by American Joshua Marston, plus France’s hit film Declaration of War, which beat out considerable competition, Uruguay’s La Casa Muda and Wim Wenders’ dance doc Pina–will 3-D be a negative for this film? Italy has not yet announced whether Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam will be its official entry.
Other leading contenders at this date include three-time nominee Zhang Yimou’s Mandarin/English $90-million war epic Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale, of which twenty minutes was screened in Toronto to potential distributors; Finland’s Cannes entry Le Havre from Aki Kaurismaki, nominated for Man without a Past (Janus Films); Mexico’s well-reviewed Miss Bala, which Fox will release in Mexico (will Fox Searchlight handle U.S.?); Norway’s marital dramedy Happy, Happy; and Lebanese Nadine Labaki’s Toronto audience-award-winning Where Do We Go Now? which is seeking a U.S. distributor (word is SPC is in the hunt). Swedish drama Beyond, helmed by actress-turned-director Pernilla August and starring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace and husband Ola, is terrific. (See my Noomi Rapace interview here. )
Complete 84th Academy Awards rules are available here. Nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT. The Oscar show will be televised live on ABC on Sunday, February 26, 2012.