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

 discuss on the blog

Part 3 - PAKISTAN to YEMEN
36 OFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS ANNOUNCED THUS FAR
Updated: September 11th

Chart info / text by Dzong and Nathaniel R

Afghanistan to Ethiopia 
Finland to Norway 
HQ - Predictions and Trivia 

 

CHART STARTS HERE
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Pakistan
never nominated
(submitting since )

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Two Shakespearean adaptations (well, loosely speaking) are in play. 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. We predict Rahm though another possibility is the war drama SKZ

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)

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They'll probably send Illegitimate, a drama about a young boxer and his sick mother. There is also a doc possibility about labor activism called La Matamoros

Paraguay
never nominated
(submitting since 2015)

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The treasure hunt adventure film Los Buscadores is the likely choice. It's being released in early September at home. 

 

Peru
1 nomination (submitting since 1967)

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It might be The Final Hour, a political thriller based on a true story about the capture of a terrorist leader. Other possibilities include: Rosa Chumba, One Last Afternoon, and The Dreamer

The Philippines
never nominated (submitting since 1956)

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A confusing race this year with lots of "good" movies and no great ones. There are nine potential new contenders debuting at Cinemalaya. Some possibilities: 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: 
the controversial history drama Hatred about post WW II relations between different ethnicities along the Ukranian border.

Portugal
never nominated* (submitting since 1980)

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They're the only major Western European country to never get an Oscar nomination! The critical LGBT favorite but graphic and strange Ornithologist is a possibility but more likely is a movie called Fatima about a group of women on a walking holy pilgrimage

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)

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The big question is whether Russia will send their highly acclaimed Cannes hit Loveless about a divorcing couple and their child who goes missing. Andrey Zyvaginstev was submitted previously for Leviathan (and nominated) but he is a vocal critic of Russia's corruption. Other options are: Spacewalk about the Russian space program or Closeness about a kidnapping.

Saudi Arabia
never nominated
(submitted first in 2013)

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They probably will not submit this time but if they do it could be a horror film called Madayen

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)

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The arthouse drama A Yellow Bird takes place within Singapore's minority Indian community and revolves around a man who is just out of prison. The other contender is the elephant comedy Pop-Aye which has good reviews but it was made in Thailand so that might tilt their choice toward Yellow Bird. 

 

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

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TEXT

One of the hottest races this year! It looks like a dead heat between the thriller The Line, the Candide-like Out and the historical drama A Prominent Patient. Dark horse contenders include: Little Harbour, A Hole in the Head, and Nina

 

 

Slovenia
never nominated (submitting since 1993)

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A weak year in Slovenian cinema. It could be the teen thriller Come Along or the noir Nightlife or something brand new this month that we haven't heard of yet. 

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

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A very competitive year for this honor. There's the Apartheid era musical Asinamali, a 17th century drama about an interpreter called Krotoa, or The Wound which is about coming-of-age ceremonies for young men. Tight race but we give the edge to Asinamali. Dark horse contender: 28S a prison drama

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

Taiwan
3 noms | 1 win (submitting since 1957)

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TEXT

Their big film on the festival circuit this year was the Burmese language Road to Mandalay set in Thailand. Other possibilities are a strange drama called The Great Buddha,  a comedy Godspeed, and the forthcoming Last Painting

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, and Pop-Aye, which has a Singaporean director

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)

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If the upcoming Farsi language Gholam is released in time it could be the one. It stars Shahab Hosseini of A Separation fame. 

Uruguay
never nominated*
(submitting since 1992)

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TEXT

* They were nominated in 1992 but the nom was revoked

Respirar, about a woman who discovers she's pregnant by her ex-husband seems likely if it is released in time. Other possibilities: Las Olas, Neptunia, El Sereno, Orta Historia del Mundo

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)

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Four titles to watch out for: the romantic comedy Saigon I Love You, the explicit arthouse drama The Way Station, a fisherman cares for his sic child in Father and Son, and a movie called The Third Wife.

Yemen
never nominated (submitting since 2016)

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Albania to Estonia -
Finland to The Netherlands -
HQ - Predictions and Trivia