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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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Index | Picture | Dir | Actress | Actor | Supp Actress | Supp Actor | Screenplays | Visual | Aural | Animation

Oscar Predictions for the Films of 2013 Last Updated 10/09

Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Japan - 38 submissions
Pt. 2 Kazakshtan through Venezuela - 38 submissions

Submission Commentary by Nathaniel R A.D.


1 nomination
The Old Man
dir. Ermek Tursunov
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Mother I Love You
dir. Jãnis Nords
Site | Trailer
oscar record
Blind Intersections
dir. Lara Saba
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Conversations on a Serious Topic
dir. Giedre Beioriute
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Blind Spot
dir. Christophe Wagner
Site | Trailer

101 minutes.

An old man lost in steppe and his grandson's search for him. From the director of the brilliant Kelin, which was nearly nominated in 2010, making the finalist list.

not selected but considered: The Student (Cannes 2012), loosely based on Crime & Punishment, Harmony Lessons (Berlin 2013), which looks at the increasingly global issue of high-school bullying anda Harmony Lessons has the buzz. 

83 minutes. Latvian. Childhood Crime Drama.

A young boy enters a life of petty crime while trying to hide it from his mother.

Not selected: the basketball blockbuster Dream Team 1935about Latvia's participation in the European Basketball championships, which is hoping for an international English-language release.

92 minutes. Arabic.

65 minutes. Lithuanian. Documentary.

This is a collection of conversations with children and teens about God and human relations, love and loneliness.

96 minutes
French, English, and Luxembourgish. Crime Thriller

A cop takes a final case before he retires (uh-oh... that never goes well) investigating the death of a fellow cop. 

8 nominations
dir. Amat Escalante
Site | Trailer
first submission ever!
All God's Children

dir. Adrian Popovici
Site | Trailer
first submission as independent country
Ace of Spades - Bad Destiny

dir. Drasko Durovic
Site | Trailer
oscar record
God's Horses
dir. Nabil Ayouch
Site | Trailer
1 nomination
Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
dir. Subarna Thapa
Site | Trailer

105 minutes. Spanish. Crime Drama.

a young girl and a policeman and the drug trade. This won Best Director at Cannes

Not Selected: Mexico's 14 finalists were... Passionate Pancho Villa, Cinco de Maya: the battle, Tooth for Tooth, The Award, Dream of Lu, Between Night and Day, Zebra, The Golden Cage, Early life and Sabina Rivas brief, The Walls Speak, The Catfish Unusual, Looks Multiple, I Do Not Want to Sleep Alone, No Refunds and Tlatelolco Summer of '68

??? minutes. English, Italian & Romanian.

Adoption drama.

96 minutes
Crime Drama

American star Michael Madsen is in this one. I don't have much info yet

115 minutes
Arabic & French.
Crime Drama

"A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003"


85 minutes
Gay Drama

A romance between a dancer and her best friend puts the two young women at odds with Nepali traditions of morality

7 noms | 3 wins
dir. Alex van Warmerdam
Site | Trailer
never nominated
White Lies
dir. Dana Rotberg
Site | Trailer
5 nominations
I Am Yours
dir. Iram Haq
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Zinda Bhaag
dir. Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi
Site | Trailer
1 nomination
dir. Hany Abu-Assad
Site | Trailer

.113 minutes
Dutch. Allegorical Psychological Thriller

A vagrant wreaks havoc on the lives of an upscale couple was in competition at Cannes.


??? Minutes. Maori & English. Drama

A medicine woman holds a secret about identity which both protects and destroys.


Romance. Family Drama.

A Nprwegian Pakistani single mother begins a new relationship.

Not selected: The other finalists wereThe Pioneer (REVIEWED), and It's Only Make Believe.


120 minutes. Urdu & Punjabi. Comedy

Three young men try to change their lives.This is only Pakistan's third submission ever. Their last was in 1963!

96 minutes. Arabic & Hebrew. Drama

From the director of Paradise Now which was Oscar nominated in this category. 

1 nomination
The Cleaner
dir. Adrián Saba
Site | Trailer
never nominated
dir. Hannah Espia
Site | Trailer
8 nominations
dir. Andrzej Wajda
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Lines of Wellington
dir. Valeria Sarmiento
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Child's Pose
dir. Calin Peter Netzer
Site | Trailer

95 min.

Not Selected: Chicama about a teacher assigned to a remote school in the mountains. It swept the inaugural Peruvian film awards last fall.



93 minutes. Filipino, Tagalog & Hebrew.

Not Selected: they were considering 7 other films including Brillante Mendoza's Thy Womb which has won several Best Actress awards

127 minutes. Polish.
Political Biopic.

This is sometimes referred to as "Walesa: Man of Hope". Oscar winner Andrej Wajda's latest is a biopic about the beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner and ex-President and events leading up to a peaceful revolution in the 1970s

151 minutes. Portuguese, French & English. Historical Epic / War Drama

This film details a battle in 1810 and its aftermath.

16 films were originally considered. Portugal has the longest track record of submissions without a nomination

112 minutes
Romanian. Drama

This Golden Bear winning film stars the acclaimed Luminita Gheorghiu who previously appeared in two of the country's most important exports (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and The Death of Mr Lazarescu). Despite the country's super hot acclaim with critics, they've yet to be nominated.

13 noms | 4 wins
dir. Fedor Bondarchuk
Site | Trailer
first submission ever

dir. Haifaa al-Mansour
Site | Trailer
never nominated
dir. Srdan Golubovic
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Ilo Ilo
dir. Anthony Chen
Site | Trailer
never nominated
My Dog Killer
dir. Mira Fornay

135 minutes Russian.


98 minutes. Arabic. Drama

First Submission!
One of the more high profile titles since it's currently in release from Sony Pictures Classics. It's about a 10 year old free spirited girl in the suburbs always pushing boundaries. She wants a bike to compete with a neighborhood boy. Everyone loves a good backstory: it's the first submission from Saudi Arabia and their first film ever directed by a woman.

112 minutes
Ensemble Drama

This drama, which played at Sundance, focuses on five survivors of a "tragic heroic act" and revisits them 12 years later. (The poster almost looks like a still from The Hurt Locker).

Note: This director's previous film The Trap made the January finalist list but was not an Oscar nominee

99 minute
Mandarin, Tagalog & English. Family Drama

The story of the difficult relationship between a maid from the The Philippines and the family she works for. Her relationship to the young son makes the mother jealous.

Discussed on the TIFF Podcast

90 minutes.

This is about a neo nazi whose half brother is a gypsy. 

never nominated
Class Enemy
dir. Rok Bicˇek
2 noms | 1 win
Four Corners
dir. Ian Gabriel
never nominated
Juvenile Offender
dir. Kang Yi-Kwan
Site | Trailer
19 noms | 4 wins
15 Years Plus A Day
dir. Gracia Querejeta
Site | Trailer
14 noms | 3 wins
Eat Sleep Die
dir. Gabriela Pichler
Site | Trailer


??? min. Afrikaans, Tsotsitaal

107 minutes
Korean. Crime Drama

This movie is about a young criminal reunited with his mother who believed him dead 


96 minutes. Spanish

A young boy is sent to live with his grandpa in Argentina.

104 minutes. Swedish & Croatian. Drama

An immigrant is laid off from her factory job in Sweden and faced with tough choices. The tag line is "you don't have a chance, take it." suggesting this is pretty dark (or darkly comic?) stuff.

5 noms | 2 wins
More Than Honey
dir. Markus Imhoof
Site | Trailer
3 noms | 1 win
dir. Chung Mong-Hong
Site | Trailer
never nominated
dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya
Site | Trailer
never nominated
The Butterfly's Dream 
dir.Yılmaz Erdog˘an
Site | Trailer
never nominated
dir. Serge Avedikian & Olena Fetisova
Site | Trailer

95 minutes. German, English & Mandarin. Documentary

This doc is about bee colonies in different countries 

111 minutes. Mandarin. Psychological / Horror Thriller

This film starring martial arts icon Jimmy Wang Yu looks at an isolated village, and a man who develops a bond with the spirit possessing his body

86 min. Thai, English.

I can't recall any country sending a film this traditionally horror/slasher related. Here's a review from a friend of TFE

138 minutes
WW II Drama

two sickly poets fall in love during a Turkish famine in 1941

95 minutes. Russian. Biopic

This is about the master director Sergei Parajanov -- you can read more about him here -- who was eccentric nonconformist and imprisoned during his life in Russia

Did not submit this year
We thought Kenya would be here with "Something Necessary"
more submissions from all over the globe


Thank You
A.D., Ali, Guy, Irvin, Ivan, Ilya, Krister, Patrick, and Yonatan

Did not submit this year K-Z
We thought Kenya would be here with "Something Necessary". And no entry from Vietnam again.

oscar record
Metro Manila
dir. Sean Ellis
Site | Trailer
oscar record
dir. Alfredo Soderguit
Site | Trailer
never nominated
Breach in the  Silence
dir. Luis & Andres Rodriguez
Site | Trailer

115 minutes. Filipino & Tagalog. Crime & Family Drama

A poor man in the rice fields moves his family to the big city for hope of a better life.(The director was previously nominated for his short film Cash Back in 2004)

80 minutes. Spanish. Animated

A ten year old girl is given the weirdest punishment ever after a playground scuffle.

90 minutes
Family Drama

This film with a very moody trailer is about a family with a deaf child.

Not selected: the gay box office hit Blue, Not So Pink