Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the names of all the films that have met the qualifications for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

A record 67 countries are eligible to be among the five final nominess that will be announced on Thursday, January 22. The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

The complete list is after the jump.

Afghanistan, Opium War, Siddiq Barmak
Albania, The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider, Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani
Algeria, Masquerades, Lyes Salem
Argentina, Lion’s Den, Pablo Trapero
Austria, Revanche, Gotz Spielmann
Azerbaijan, Fortress, Shamil Nacafzada
Bangladesh, Aha!, Enamul Karim Nirjhar
Belgium, Eldorado, Bouli Lanners
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Snow, Aida Begic
Brazil, Last Stop 174, Bruno Barreto
Bulgaria, Zift, Javor Gardev
Canada, The Necessities of Life, Benoit Pilon
Chile, Tony Manero, Pablo Larrain
China, Dream Weavers, Jun Gu
Colombia, Dog Eat Dog, Carlos Moreno
Croatia, No One’s Son, Arsen Anton Ostojic
Czech Republic, The Karamazovs, Petr Zelenka
Denmark, Worlds Apart, Niels Arden Oplev
Egypt, The Island, Sherif Arafa
Estonia, I Was Here, Rene Vilbre
Finland, The Home of Dark Butterflies, Dome Karukoski
France, The Class, Laurent Cantet
Georgia, Mediator, Dito Tsintsadze
Germany, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Uli Edel
Greece, Correction, Thanos Anastopoulos
Hong Kong, Painted Skin, Gordon Chan
Hungary, Iska’s Journey, Csaba Bollok
Iceland, White Night Wedding, Baltasar Kormakur
India, Taare Zameen Par, Aamir Khan
Iran, The Song of Sparrows, Majid Majidi
Israel, Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman
Italy, Gomorra, Matteo Garrone
Japan, Departures, Yojiro Takita
Jordan, Captain Abu Raed, Amin Matalqa
Kazakhstan, Tulpan, Sergey Dvortsevoy
Kyrgyzstan, Blue Heavens, Marie Jaoul de Poncheville
Latvia, Defenders of Riga, Aigars Grauba
Lebanon, Under the Bombs, Philippe Aractingi
Lithuania, Loss, Maris Martinsons
Luxembourg, Nuits d’Arabie, Paul Kieffer
Macedonia, I’m From Titov Veles, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Mexico, Tear This Heart Out, Roberto Sneider
Morocco, Goodbye Mothers, Mohamed Ismail
The Netherlands, Dunya & Desie, Dana Nechushtan
Norway, O’Horten, Bent Hamer
Palestine, Salt of This Sea, Annemarie Jacir
Philippines, Ploning, Dante Nico Garcia
Poland, Tricks, Andrzej Jakimowski
Portugal, Our Beloved Month of August, Miguel Gomes
Romania, The Rest Is Silence, Nae Caranfil
Russia, Mermaid, Anna Melikyan
Serbia, The Tour, Goran Markovic
Singapore, My Magic, Eric Khoo
Slovakia, Blind Loves, Juraj Lehotsky
Slovenia, Rooster’s Breakfast, Marko Nabersnik
South Africa, Jerusalema, Ralph Ziman, director
South Korea, Crossing, Tae-kyun Kim
Spain, The Blind Sunflowers, Jose Luis Cuerda
Sweden, Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell
Switzerland, The Friend, Micha Lewinsky
Taiwan, Cape No. 7, Te-Sheng Wei
Thailand, Love of Siam, Chookiat Sakveerakul
Turkey, 3 Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ukraine, Illusion of Fear, Aleksandr Kiriyenko
U.K., Hope Eternal, Karl Francis
Uruguay, Kill Them All, Esteban Schroeder
Venezuela, The Color of Fame, Alejandro Bellame Palacios

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v124's Tiny Beam of Light
November 14, 2008 12:09 pm

Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) dir: Uli Edel…

I vaguely knew of the name ‘Baader Meinhof’ as a kid, and sort of (incorrectly) thought of it as a German version of the IRA. This film goes into incredible detail on the origins of the terrorist group Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) in the late …