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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

Part 3 - PAKISTAN to VIETNAM (30 films)
92 OFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS. A RECORD
Updated: Nov 2nd

Chart info / text by Dzong and Nathaniel R

Afghanistan to France 
Georgia to Norway 
HQ - Predictions and Trivia 

 

Pakistan
never nominated
(submitting since )

SAAWAN
Farhan Alam

minutes Urdu

TEXT

Not Selected: Two Shakespearean adaptations Gardaab is a Romeo & Juliet in the slums of Karachi while Rahm uses Measure for Measure and pits a Pakistani woman against a fundamentalist governor

Palestine
2 nominations
(submitting since 2003)

WAJIB
Annemarie Jacir

96 minutes
Arabic

A family drama about an estranged father and son hand delivering wedding invitations together

Panama
never nominated
(submitting since 2014)

BEYOND BROTHERHOOD
Arianne Benedetti

minutes Spanish

TEXT

Not Selected: a drama about a boxer and his mother called Illegitimate, and a doc about  labor activism called La Matamoros

Paraguay
never nominated
(submitting since 2015)

LOS BUSCADORES
Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schembori

minutes Spanish & Guarani

A treasure hunt adventure film

Peru
1 nomination (submitting since 1967)

ROSA CHUMBA
Jonatan Relayze

Not Selected:  The Final Hour, One Last Afternoon, and The Dreamer

 

The Philippines
never nominated (submitting since 1956)

BIRDSHOT
Mikhail Red

text

Not Selected: Pedicab, Apocalypse Child, Women on the Weeping River, and Die Beautiful

Poland
10 nominations | 1 win (submitting since 1963)

SPOOR
Agnieszka Holland

128 minutes
Polish

an elderly woman believes she know who or what the criminal is in a series of mysterious deaths. Holland has previously directed the foreign film Oscar nominee In Darkness (2011) and was nominated for writing Europa Europa (1990) as well.

Not Selected: 
Hatred about post WW II relations between different ethnicities

Portugal
never nominated* (submitting since 1980)

SAINT GEORGE
Marco Martins

They're the only major Western European country to never get an Oscar nomination!

Not Selected: The critical LGBT favorite but graphic and strange Ornithologist and a holy pilgrimage movie about women called Fatima

Romania
never nominated (submitting since 1966)

THE FIXER
Adrian Sitaru

100 minutes
Romanian

A young journalist with a french crew travels to Transylvania for a story on a prostitute.

Not Selected
Still not nominated despite such a critically popular cinema. This year they also had Ana Mon Amour (from the director of Child's Pose) which won a prize at Berlinale. 

Russia
14 noms | 4 wins* (submitting since 1963 as the USSR / as Russia since 1992)

LOVELESS
Andrey Zyvaginstev

The cannes hit about a divorcing couple whose child who goes missing. Andrey Zyvaginstev was nominated previously for Leviathan

 Not Selected:. Other options were Spacewalk about the Russian space program or Closeness about a kidnapping.

 

Senegal
* first submission !*

FELICITE
Alain Gomis

minutes

Lingala & French

TEXT

 

Serbia
never nominated (submitting since 1994)

REQUIEM FOR MRS J
Bojan Vuletić

a dark comedy about a widow planning her suicide. 

Singapore
never nominated (first submitted in 1959, then in 2005 and frequently since)

POP AYE
Kirsten Tan

A popular comedy about an elephant though it wasn't a surefire choice given that it was mostly made in Thailand

Not Selected: The arthouse drama A Yellow Bird about Singapore's minority Indian community and  a man who is just out of prison. 

Slovakia
1 nom / 1 win* (submitting since 1993)

THE LINE
Peter Bebjak

A thriller.

Not Selected: Stiff competition this year in Slovakia including the Candide-like Out,  the historical drama A Prominent Patient  as well as longer shots like Little Harbour, A Hole in the Head, and Nina. 

 

 

Slovenia
never nominated (submitting since 1993)

THE MINER

Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak

Not Selected: A weak year in Slovenian cinema but there was also the  teen thriller Come Along and the noir Nightlife

 

South Africa
2 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1989)

THE WOUND
John Trengove

The Wound is about coming of age ceremonies for young men.

Not Selected: A very competitive year for this honor. Other options were the Apartheid era musical Asinamali, a 17th century drama about an interpreter called Krotoa, and prison drama 28S

South Korea
never nominated (submitting since 1962)

A TAXI DRIVER


Jang Hoon

137 minutes
Korean and English

Currently in release in the USA

One of Korea's biggest movie stars Song Kang-ho plays a taxi driver driving a German journalist (Thomas Kretchmann!) to cover an uprising in 1980

Spain
19 nom | 4 wins (submitting since 1956)

SUMMER 1993
Carla Simon Pipó
97 minutes
Catalan

Not selected:
 the finalists were...
 Abracadabra starring Maribel Verdu from the director of Blancanieves and  the war drama 1898

Sweden
14 noms | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

THE SQUARE
Ruben Östlund
142 minutes
Swedish, Danish and English

This Palme d'Or winner is a satire of hypocrisy involving a respected curator and his art museum's new heavily promoted installation.

Switzerland
5 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

THE DIVINE ORDER
Petra Volpe
Official Info

96 minutes
German, French, English

A young well liked housewife's life changes when she begins to campaign for women's right to vote in the early 1970s. (Yes, it took Switzerland that long)

Not Selected:
Goliath, Animals

 

Syria
* first submission! *

LITTLE GANDHI
Sam Kadi

minutes

Arabic & English

TEXT

Taiwan
3 noms | 1 win (submitting since 1957)

SMALL TALK
Huang Hui-Chen

minutes

Taiwanese

TEXT

Not Selected: Their big film on the festival circuit this year was the Burmese language Road to Mandalay set in Thailand. Other possibilities were drama The Great Buddha, and comedy Godspeed

Thailand
never nominated (submitting since 1984)

BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK
Anocha Suwichakornpong

105 minutes
Thai

An anti-military drama which dominated their national film awards and seems most likely.

Not selected:
Bad Genius, a heist thriller with strong reviews

Tunisia
never nominated (submitting since ...)

THE LAST OF US
Ala Eddine Slim

??? minutes
[no dialogue]

TEXT

 

Turkey
never nominated (submitting since ...)

AYLA DAUGHTER OF WAR
Can Ulkay
Facebook

??? minutes
Korean, Turkish, English

This is a debut film set in the 1950s about a Turkish soldier and a five year old orphaned Korean girl he discovers on a cold night. It's based on a true story.

Not Selected:
Other possibilities were: Clair/Obscur, Big Big World, Sour Apples, Album

 

Ukraine
1 nom*
(submitting since 1997)

BLACK LEVEL
Valentyn Vasyanovych

*their sole nomination came when they were part of the USSR

a slice of life film about a wedding photographer surrounded by happy images whose life is falling apart

Not Selected:
was Cannes hit A Gentle Creature not considered "Ukranian enough" ? They also passed over the detox romantic drama Falling

United Kingdom
2 nomination
(submiting since 1991)

MY PURE LAND
Sarmad Masud

TEXT

Uruguay
never nominated*
(submitting since 1992)

ANOTHER STORY OF THE WORLD
Guillermo Casanova

* They were nominated in 1992 but the nom was revoked

TEXT

Venezuela
never nominated (submitting since 1978)

EL INCA
Ignacio Castillo Cottin

??? minutes
Spanish

A biopic about the famous boxer Edwin Valero

Not selected: a strong contender on paper was El Amparo about poor fisherman was a hit at their national film awards

Vietnam
1 nomination
(submitting since 1993)

FATHER AND SON
Lurong Dinh Dung

A drama about a fisherman with a sick child

Not Selected: the romantic comedy Saigon I Love You, the explicit arthouse drama The Way Station, and a movie called The Third Wife

 

Afghanistan to France -
Georgia to Norway -
HQ - Predictions and Trivia