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LAST CHART UPDATE: OCTOBER 7TH
Part One: Albania through Greece
Current predictions |  Germany through Norway | Pakistan through Yemen

 

Albania
never nominated (subitting since 1996)

THE DELEGATION
Bujar Alimani
77 minutes
Albanian & French

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about Albania's communist government and a political prisoner. 

With this third submission, Alimani (Chromium, Amnesty) is now Albania's most frequently submitted director. 

Algeria
5 noms | 1 win (submitting since 1969)

PAPICHA
Mounia Messoud
Official Site
106 minutes
French & Arabic 

no US distribution yet

An 18 year old woman tries to live a normal life in the 1990s despite the civil war. She wants to stage a fashion show in spite of conservative bans.The film premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.

More on Algeria and the Oscar Race...

Argentina
7 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1961)

HEROIC LOSERS
Sebastian Borensztein
116 minutes
Spanish

No US Distribution Yet

A ragtag community of law-abiding citizens decides to steal their money back from the banking executive that stole theirs in the economic collapse. Father & son stars Ricardo and Chino Darín play father & son!

Armenia
never nominated
(submitting spottily since 2001)

LENGTHY NIGHT
Edgar Baghdasaryan
100 minutes
Armenian

No US Distribution Yet

A drama following heroes from different eras and a spherical stone (?) 

Australia
1 nomination (submitting since 1996)

BUOYANCY
Rodd Rathjen
93 minutes
Khmer & Thai

No US Distribution Yet

A teenager is sold for slave labour and experiences cruel treatment on a fishing vessel

 

Austria
never nominated
(submitting since 2007)

JOY
Sudabeh Mortezai
99 minutes
English & German 

Currently Streaming on Netfix

The title character is a Nigerian woman who is to supervise a teenage girl prisoner in this sex-trafficking drama.

Bangladesh
never nominated (submitting since 2002)

ALPHA
Nasiruddin Yousuff
90 minutes
Bangla
Official Facebook

No US Distribution Yet

 A  film about an artist who lives on a bamboo house on stilts.  

Belarus
never nominated (submitting infrequently since 1994)

DEBUT
Anastasiya Miroshcnichenko
80 minutes
Russian

No US Distribution Yet

 A documentary about the ramifications of long term prison sentences for women and children

Belgium
7 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1967)

OUR MOTHERS
Cesar Diaz
78 minutes
Spanish

No US Distribution Yet

In a change of pace Belgium is submitting a film that takes place in Guatemala. It involves an anthropologist trying to find clues as to what happened to his father who went missing during the civil war. It won the Camera d'Or at Cannes.

Not Selected: The Young Ahmed, which took Best Director at Cannes

Bolivia
never nominated
(submitting spottily since 1995)

I MISS YOU
Rodrigo Bellott
105 minutes
Spanish

No US Distribution Yet

 This is an adaptation of a hit stage play about a man visiting the boyfriend of his dead son. The film stars Oscar Martinez, Fernando Barbosa, and Rossy de Palma.

 

 

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 nom | 1 win
(submitting since 1994)

THE SON
Ines Tanovic
??? minutes
Bosnian

No US Distribution Yet

Family drama about a troubled adopted son and his younger brother. This is Ines Tanovic's second feature and the second to be submitted for the Oscar. She is the cousin of Oscar winner Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land, 2001)

 

Brazil
4 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1960)

INVISIBLE LIFE
Karim Anouz
139 minutes
Portuguese

Amazon will release the film in the US. 2020 TBA

This period melodrama won Un Certain Regard at Cannes and stars Fernanda Montenegro (among others) who led Brazil's most recent nomination (Central Station, way back in 1988). More on Brazil & Oscar here.

Not Selected
Bacurau was considered a dark horse but in the end it lost to Invisible Life by 1 vote.

Bulgaria
never nominated (submitting since 1971)

ÁGA
Milko Lazarov
Official Site
96 minutes
Yakut

Currently Playing in Los Angeles Only

This is a drama about an old couple in the snowy North whose traditional ways of life are dying. They decide to seek out their long estranged daughter.

Bulgarian has had one finalist but is still waiting on a nomination. 

Cambodia
1 nomination (submitting since 1994)

IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC
Caylee So & Sok Visal
Official Site 
92 minutes
Khmer & English

No US Distribution Yet

This one's a triptych narrative taking place in three different decades all involving a famous song "Champa Battambang"

Cambodia's sole nomination is from the brilliant Rithy Panth documentary The Missing Picturel.

Canada
7 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1971)

ANTIGONE
Sophie Deraspe
109 minutes
French

No US Distribution Yet

A contemporary adaptation of the ancient Greek play with the action transposed to an immigrant family in Montreal. This is Deraspe's fourth narrative feature. Antigone won Best Canadian Feature at this year's TIFF. 

 

Chile
2 noms | 1 win
(submitting since 1990)

SPIDER
Andres Wood
105 minutes
Spanish

No US Distribution Yet

Three friends separated by a political crime in the early 1970s in Chile.

Not selected: There were four other finalists including Pablo Larraín's adoption drama Ema with Gael Garcia Bernal

China
2 nominations
(submitting since 1979)

NE ZHA
Yu Yang
minutes
Chinese

Now Playing in the US

Oscar is terribly averse to Asian cinema which is a real shame. China has had success twice with Zhang Yimou, though. Sadly they can't submit him this year though since Shadow was a finalist they didn't select last year. 

Colombia
1 nomination
(submitting since 1980)

MONOS
Alejandros Landes
Official Instagram
102 minutes
Spanish & English

Now Playing in the US. Neon distributing

Julianne Nicholson stars as a doctor taken hostage by eight kids on a mountain in this drama that made the festival rounds this past winter/spring

Costa Rica
never nominated
(submitting since 2005)

THE AWAKENING OF THE ANTS
Antonella Sudasassi
Official Facebook 
94 minutes
Spanish 

No US Distribution Yet

Drama about a young seamstress rebelling against the expectations of her to be only a mother raising children.

Croatia
never nominated*
(submitting since 1992)

MALI
Antonio Nuic
90 minutes
Croatian 

No US Distribution Yet

An ex-con, who served time for drug dealing wants to keep custody of his son in this drama.

* Two Croatian language films were nominated back when Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia

 

Cuba
1 nomination
(submitting since 1978)

A TRANSLATOR
Rodrigo & Sebastian Barriuso
Director's Site
??? min
Spanish & Russian

Film Movement has US rights. 2020 TBA

A drama about a Russian literature professor working with child victims off Chernobyl who have been sent to Cuba 

Strawberry and Chocolate a gay arthouse hit in the 1990s remains their sole nominee. They only submit about once every two or three years though.

Czech Republic
3 noms | 1 wins*
(submitting since 1994 as Czech Republic)

THE PAINTED BIRD
Varclav Marhoul
169 minutes
Interslavic
Official Site

IFC Films in US. 2020 TBA

A young Jewish boy's experience during World War II

* If you include the days of Czechoslovakia before it became two separate countries, the number is 8/2 

 Denmark
13 nominations | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

QUEEN OF HEARTS
May el-Toukhy
127 minutes
Danish & Swedish

A drama about a woman who seduces her stepson. Starring the great Trine Dyrholm.

Not Selected: there were three finalists so Before the Frost, and Do You See the Moon, Daniel? fell to the Queen Trine Dyrholm.

Though the press outside of TFE hasn't caught on to this, Denmark is actually Oscar's fav country (of the right now) with 2 finalists, 5 nods, and a winner all in the last 10 years! 

Dominican Republic
never nominated (submitting since 1983)

THE PROJECTIONIST
José Maria Cabral
94 minutes
Spanish

No US Distribution Yet

This is about a projectionist who falls in love with a woman he sees on a film reel and seeks to find her in the real world.

Ecuador
never nominated (submitting since 2000)

THE LONGEST NIGHT
Gabriela Calvache
Facebook Page 
95 minutes
Spanish 

No US Distribution Yet

This film, which played at SXSW this year is also known  as La Mala Noche. It's a sex-trafficking thriller.

 

 

 

 

Egypt
never nominated (submitting since 1958)

POISONOUS ROSES
Fawzi Saleh
Facebook Page 
70 minutes
Arabic 

No US Distribution Yet

Egypt has had a documentary nomination (The Square in 2013) but no luck yet in foreign film. They hold the frustrating distinction of having the second most submissions without a nominee to date.

Estonia
1 nomination
(submitting since 1992)

TRUTH OR JUSTICE
Tanel Toom
Official Site 
165 minutes
Estonian 

No US Distribution Yet

A nearly three hour drama about a farmer in 1872. This is the feature debut of 36 year old Tanel Toom who has previously directed shorts, one of them an Oscar nominee !!!

Ethiopia
never nominated (submitting spottily since 2010)

RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND
Jan Philipp Weyl
112 minutes
Amharic

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about two runners. This is a directorial debut which just opened in Ethiopia.

Finland
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1973)

STUPID YOUNG HEART
Selma Vilhunen
102 minutes
Finnish & Somali 

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about an unexpected teen pregnancy and the extreme right views which start affecting suburban teenagers.

France
3 Honoraries | 37 noms | 9 wins (submitting since 1956)

LES MISERABLES
Ladj Ly
102 minutes
French

No US Distribution Yet

A contemporary drama about tensions between police/citizens/ and gang members.

Not Selected: The other two finalists were the Cannes Queer Palm / Screenplay winner  Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and the astronaut drama Proxima (reviewed). 

A lot more on France

 

 Georgia
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1996)

SHINDISI
Dito Tsintsadze
105 minutes
Georgian

No US Distribution Yet

A true story about 17 Georgians who died in the village of Shindisi during the Russo-Georgia war of 2008. More here

Germany
18 noms | 3 wins (submitting since 1956)

SYSTEM CRASHER
Nora Fingscheidt

118 minutes
German 

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about a 9 year old wild child that Child Protective Services can't figure out what to do with. This is the first narrative feature from a 36 year old female director (who previously made docs and shorts). This film won the Silver Bear at Berlinale.

Ghana
FIRST SUBMISSION!
 

AZALI
Kwabena Gyansah
92 minutes
Akan

A young girl flees an arranged marriage with a 70 year old man to live in the big city of Accra

Greece
5 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1957)

WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER
Marianna Economou

72 minutes
Greek

A documentary about a tiny farming community that experiences tumultous changes when one farmer decides on the organic cultivation of tomatoes and business takes off.

 

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HONDURAS through NORWAY

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PAKISTAN through YEMEN

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