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71 Countries Enter the Race For the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Category 2012

Dated : October, 10, 2012  By

The Academy Award organizers are surprised by the huge response they have received from the film makers from 71 countries.

The organizers of Oscar award have on their hands submissions from 71 countries vying for Oscar awards.

The list of the films is interesting mainly from the art and the main stream cinema. Here we bring to you the list of applicants who are going to vie for the Best Foreign Language Film Category.

2012 Oscars academy awards

This year we have films from 71 countries and for the first time Kenya has entered into the list of contenders.

  • Afghanistan, "The Patience Stone," Atiq Rahimi, director;

  • Albania, "Pharmakon," Joni Shanaj, director;

  • Algeria, "Zabana!" Said Ould Khelifa, director;

  • Argentina, "Clandestine Childhood," Benjamin Avila, director;

  • Armenia, "If Only Everyone," Natalia Belyauskene, director;

  • Australia, "Lore," Cate Shortland, director;

  • Austria, "Amour," Michael Haneke, director;

  • Azerbaijan, "Buta," Ilgar Najaf, director;

  • Bangladesh, "Pleasure Boy Komola," Humayun Ahmed, director;

  • Belgium, "Our Children," Joachim Lafosse, director;

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Children of Sarajevo," Aida Begic, director;

  • Brazil, "The Clown," Selton Mello, director;

  • Bulgaria, "Sneakers," Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, directors;

  • Cambodia, "Lost Loves," Chhay Bora, director;

  • Canada, "War Witch," Kim Nguyen, director;

  • Chile, "No," Pablo Larrain, director;

  • China, "Caught in the Web," Chen Kaige, director;

  • Colombia, "The Snitch Cartel," Carlos Moreno, director;

  • Croatia, "Vegetarian Cannibal," Branko Schmidt, director;

  • Czech Republic, "In the Shadow," David Ondricek, director;

  • Denmark, "A Royal Affair," Nikolaj Arcel, director;

  • Dominican Republic, "Jaque Mate," Jose Maria Cabral, director;

  • Estonia, "Mushrooming," Toomas Hussar, director;

  • Finland, "Purge," Antti J. Jokinen, director;

  • France, "The Intouchables," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;

  • Georgia, "Keep Smiling," Rusudan Chkonia, director;

  • Germany, "Barbara," Christian Petzold, director;

  • Greece, "Unfair World," Filippos Tsitos, director;

  • Greenland, "Inuk," Mike Magidson, director;

  • Hong Kong, "Life without Principle," Johnnie To, director;

  • Hungary, "Just the Wind," Bence Fliegauf, director;

  • Iceland, "The Deep," Baltasar Kormakur, director;

  • India, "Barfi!" Anurag Basu, director;

  • Indonesia, "The Dancer," Ifa Isfansyah, director;

  • Israel, "Fill the Void," Rama Burshtein, director;

  • Italy, "Caesar Must Die," Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, directors;

  • Japan, "Our Homeland," Yang Yonghi, director;

  • Kazakhstan, "Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe," Akan Satayev, director;

  • Kenya, "Nairobi Half Life," David 'Tosh' Gitonga, director;

  • Kyrgyzstan, "The Empty Home," Nurbek Egen, director;

  • Latvia, "Gulf Stream under the Iceberg," Yevgeny Pashkevich, director;

  • Lithuania, "Ramin," Audrius Stonys, director;

  • Macedonia, "The Third Half," Darko Mitrevski, director;

  • Malaysia, "Bunohan," Dain Iskandar Said, director;

  • Mexico, "After Lucia," Michel Franco, director;

  • Morocco, "Death for Sale," Faouzi Bensaidi, director;

  • Netherlands, "Kauwboy," Boudewijn Koole, director;

  • Norway, "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, directors;

  • Palestine, "When I Saw You," Annemarie Jacir, director;

  • Peru, "The Bad Intentions," Rosario Garcia-Montero, director;

  • Philippines, "Bwakaw," Jun Robles Lana, director;

  • Poland, "80 Million," Waldemar Krzystek, director;

  • Portugal, "Blood of My Blood," Joao Canijo, director;

  • Romania, "Beyond the Hills," Cristian Mungiu, director;

  • Russia, "White Tiger," Karen Shakhnazarov, director;

  • Serbia, "When Day Breaks," Goran Paskaljevic, director;

  • Singapore, "Already Famous," Michelle Chong, director;

  • Slovak Republic, "Made in Ash," Iveta Grófová, director;

  • Slovenia, "A Trip," Nejc Gazvoda, director;

  • South Africa, "Little One," Darrell James Roodt, director;

  • South Korea, "Pieta," Kim Ki-duk, director;

  • Spain, "Blancanieves," Pablo Berger, director;

  • Sweden, "The Hypnotist," Lasse Hallgtrom, director;

  • Switzerland, "Sister," Ursula Meier, director;

  • Taiwan, "Touch of the Light," Chang Jung-Chi, director;

  • Thailand, "Headshot," Pen-ek Ratanaruang, director;

  • Turkey, "Where the Fire Burns," Ismail Gunes, director;

  • Ukraine, "The Firecrosser," Mykhailo Illienko, director;

  • Uruguay, "The Delay," Rodrigo Pla, director;

  • Venezuela, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," Hernan Jabes, director;

  • Vietnam, "The Scent of Burning Grass," Nguyen Huu Muoi, director.

The list seems interesting and will make for a wonderful viewing. The final nominations for the Oscars will be announced in January the coming year.


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