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Part 2 Honduras through Norway
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Honduras
never nominated 
 BLOOD PASSION AND COFFEE

123 minutes
Spanish

A drama about a troubled harvest and  low coffee prices impacting a coffee-producing family

Hong Kong
2 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1959)
 

THE WHITE STORM 2 - DRUG LORDS
Herman Yau
99 minutes
Cantonese

Hong Kong loves their crime dramas so they've sent another one. Superstar Andy Lau headlines. 

 

Hungary
9 noms | 2 wins (submitting since 1965)
 

THOSE WHO REMAINED
Barnabas Toth

83 minutes
Hungarian 

No US Distribution Yet

A post Holocaust drama about a young girl and the healing power of love.

Iceland
1 nomination

A WHITE WHITE DAY
Hlynur Palmason
??? minutes
Icelandic

Read Our Review

Film Movement will distribute in US. 2020 TBA

A drama about a widower building a new home for his daughter and grandchild. He then discovers a secret about his late wife.

India
3 noms (submitting since 1957)
 

GULLY BOY
Zoya Akhtar
153 minutes
Hindi

Available to Stream on Amazon. Already completed US theatrical run.

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt co-star in this musical drama about a young man who becomes a rapper. It was a success in US theaters grossing $5 million in the spring.

 

Indonesia
never nominated (submitting since 1987)

MEMORIES OF MY BODY
Garin Nugroho
107 minutes
Indonesian

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about a young abandoned boy who joins a dance center where the men perform in drag. The film has been under attack in Indonesia by conservative groups for its "lgbt propaganda"

Not Selected: the other two finalists were Ave Maryam, and 27 Steps of May

Iran
3 noms | 2 wins
(submitting since 1977)
 

FINDING FARIDEH
Kourosh Ataee & Azadeh Moussavi
89 minutes
Persian, Dutch, and English

No US Distribution Yet

A documentary about an adopted Dutch woman travelling to Iran in search of her birth parents.

Ireland
never nominated
(submitting since 2007)
 

GAZA
Garry Keane & Andrew McDonnell
92 minutes
Arabic

A portrait of everyday people in Gaza amidst the rubble 

Israel
10 noms | 0 wins (submitting since 1964)

INCITEMENT
Yaron Zilberman
123 minutes
Hebrew

No US Distribution Yet

A drama from the point of view of the assassin in the year leading up to Yitzhak Rabin's murder.

Not Selected: The other Ophir nominees  were: Love Trilogy Unchained, Tel Aviv on Fire and Working Woman

Italy
28 noms | 11 wins | 3 honoraries (sumitting since 1956)

THE TRAITOR
Marco Bellochio
145 minutes
Italian

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about a mafia informant in 1980s Sicily

Not selected: We thought they would have a great shot with Martin Eden, which had just made quite a splash at Venice, but they went with Bellochio instead. This is his third submission and the first was way back in 1967. The other finalists were  The Vice of Hope, Piranhas and Romuls & Remus: The First King

 

Japan
12 noms | 1 win | 3 honoraries
(submitting since 1956)

WEATHERING WITH YOU
Makota Shinkai
111 minutes
Japanese 
Official Site  

Opening in the US in early 2020 from GKids

Like its predecessor Your Name, this film is about a highschool boy and girl who meet under possibly magic circumstances. Can she control the weather?

Kazakhstan
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1992)

KAZAKH KANATE - GOLDEN THRONE
Rustem Abdrashev
111 minutes
Kazakh & Russian

Set in the fifteenth century it's a sequel to a film called Diamond Sword and about the founding of the Kazakh nation. It's also a tv series in Kazakhstan.

Kenya
never nominated (submitting since 2012)

SUBIRA
Ravneet Sippy Chadha
99 minutes
Swahili & English 

No US Distribution Yet

A girl dreams of swimming in the ocean but it's against the local customs.

Kosovo
never nominated (submitting since 2014)

ZANA
Antoneta Kastrati
97 minutes
Albanian 

No US Distribution Yet

A woman is pressured to address her infertility problems while haunted by wartime brutality

Kyrgysztan
never nominated (submitting since 1998)

AURORA
Bekzat Permatov
98 minutes
Kyrgyz and Russian

No US Distribution Yet

 Set in the time span of one day in a sanatorium (the title name) that is a metaphor for the country itself

 

Latvia
never nominated
(submitting since 1992)

THE MOVER
Davis Simanis Jr
90 minutes
Latvian, German, Yiddish

No US Distribution Yet

Historical drama about a family trying to save Jews during World War II.

Lebanon
 2 nominations
(submitting since 1978)

1982
Oualid Mouaness
100 minutes
Arabic & English

No US Distribution Yet

Drama about a boy in a private school during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon

Lithuania
never nominated (submitting since 2006)

BRIDGES OF TIME
Kristine Briede & Audrius Stonys
78 minutes
Estonian, Latvian, & Lithuanian 
Official Site

No US Distribution Yet

A documentary essay on the cinematic poets of the Baltic New Wave.

Luxembourg
never nominated (submitting since 1997)

TEL AVIV ON FIRE
Sameh Zoabi
100 minutes
Hebrew & Arabic

Currently Playing in US Theaters

A comedy about a Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera

Malaysia
never nominated
(submitting since 2004)
 

M FOR MALAYSIA
Dian Lee & Ineza Roussille
92 minutes
Malay
Official Site

No US Distribution Yet

A documentary about the 2018 elections in Malaysia led bt a 92 year old. 

 

Mexico
8 noms / 1 win
(submitting since 1957)

THE CHAMBERMAID
Lila Alviles
102 minutes
Spanish

Available to Stream on iTunes. Completed US Theatrical run

Not Selected
Mexico had announced 10 finalists which also included The Good Girls, and Chicuarotes

Mongolia
never nominated
(submitting since 2003)


THE STEED
Erdenebileg Ganbold
minutes
Mongolia, Kazak, Chinese, Russian

The adventure of a boy and his horse in the early 20th century as the Russian revolution spills over into neighboring Mongolia.

Montenegro
never nominated
(submitting since 2013)

NEVERENDING PAST
Andro Martinovic
Official Site 
77 minutes
Serbian 

 No US Distribution Yet

A triptych drama about fathers in three different time periods (WW II, Fall of Berlin Wall, Yugoslavia breakdown) making difficult decisions that will change their lives.

Morocco
never nominated (submitting since 1977)

ADAM
Maryam Touzani
98 minutes
Arabic

No US Distribution Yet

A drama about a mother and daughter and a pregnant woman who knocks on their bakery door.

Nepal
1 nom | 0 wins
(submitting since 1999)

BULBUL
Binod Padel
95 minutes
Nepali 

No US Distribution Yet

A young mother with a long-missing husband falls in love with another man in this romantic drama

 

The Netherlands
7 noms | 3 wins
(submitting since 1959)

INSTINCT
Halina Reijn
108 minutes
Dutch 

Read Our Review

No US Distribution Yet

The mesmerizing Carice Van Houten (Black Book, Game of Thrones, Valkyrie) stars in this thriller about a psychologist and a sex offender. This is a directorial debut from the actress Halina Reijn (Zus & Zo, Valkyrie)

Not Selected:Here were the other 8 finalists.

Nigeria
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LIONHEART
Genevieve Nnaji
95 minutes
English & Igbo

No US Distribution Yet

 A comedy about a woman who takes control of her dad's business. Nnaji is a famous actress in Nollywood and making her first trip behind the camera (but she also stars in the film)

North Macedonia
1 nomination
(submitting since 1994)

HONEYLAND
Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov
90 minutes
Turkish

Read Our Review

Currently Playing in US Theaters

A documentary on nomadic beekeepers

Norway
5 nominations
(submitting since 1957)

OUT STEALING HORSES
Hans Petter Moland
123 minutes
Norwegian, Swedish

No US Distribution Yet

This drama is set in two time frames. One involves a grieving widower and his neighbor and the other is the man as a young boy in Nazi-occupied Norway during WW II. Stellan Skarsgård and Tobias Santelmann star.

It recently won the Amanda Award for Best Norwegian Film

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