Foreign Film Oscar Hopefuls

Today is the deadline for countries to submit their nominations to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film Oscar.

According to the Academy’s rules, “a foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Every country shall be invited to submit its best film to the Academy. Only one picture will be accepted from each country.” Of these nominations, five will be selected for by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award committee. These nominees will be announced on January 22, 2008.

Although the deadline for submission is today, some countries, most notably China and Thailand, have held off on making their announcements until the last minute. Here’s a list of those countries’ submissions that have been announced so far-

  • Bangladesh – Swopnodonay (On The Wings Of Dreams)
  • Belgium – Ben X
  • Brazil – The Year My Parents Went On Vacation
  • Czech Republic – I Served The King Of England
  • Estonia – The Class
  • Finland – A Man’s Job
  • France – Persepolis
  • Germany – The Edge Of Heaven
  • Hong Kong – Exiled
  • Hungary – Taxidermia
  • India – Eklavya: The Royal Guard
  • Ireland – Kings
  • Israel – The Band’s Visit
  • Italy – The Unknown
  • Japan – I Just Didn’t Do It
  • Korea – Secret Sunshine
  • Macedonia – Shadows
  • Mexico – Luz Silenciosa (Silent Light)
  • Netherlands – Duska
  • Norway – Gone With The Woman
  • Philippines – Donsol
  • Singapore – 881
  • Spain – The Orphanage
  • Sweden – You, The Living
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