Full List of Submissions for the Best Foreign Film Oscar; Includes MISS BALA and THE ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN

     October 13, 2011

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As you may or may not know, every country is only allowed to submit one movie for consideration.  It’s a little weak that a country can have multiple Oscar-worthy films but can only submit one and I think it would be better if each country could submit three to five films (unlimited submissions would be unfeasible).  The full list of eligible contenders for this year’s Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar has been announced and it features some notable submissions that have already picked up some buzz.  Brazil submitted its highest-grossing film of all-time, The Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, directed by RoboCop reboot helmer Jose Padilha.  Mexico has chosen the acclaimed crime thriller Miss Bala as its submission, Germany put forward Wim Wenders’ snooze-fest Pina, and China has selected Zhang Yimou’s historical drama The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale

Hit the jump for the full list.  Only five of the films will receive nominations for Best Foreign-Language Film.  Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24, 2012, and the winners will be announced at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.

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The 2011 submissions are:
Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;
Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;
Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;
Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;
Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;
Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;
Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;
Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;
China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;
Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;
Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;
Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;
Czech Republic,”Alois Nebel,” Tomás Lunák, director;
Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;
Dominican Republic,”Love Child,” Leticia Tonos, director;
Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;
Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;
Finland, “Le Havre,” Aki Kaurismäki, director;
France, “Declaration of War,” Valérie Donzelli, director;
Georgia, “Chantrapas,” Otar Iosseliani, director;
Germany, “Pina,” Wim Wenders, director;
Greece, “Attenberg,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
Hong Kong,”A Simple Life,” Ann Hui, director;
Hungary, “The Turin Horse,” Béela Tarr, director;
Iceland, “Volcano,” Rúnar Rúnarsson, director;
India, “Abu, Son of Adam,” Salim Ahamed, director;
Indonesia, “Under the Protection of Ka’Bah,” Hanny R. Saputra, director;
Iran, “A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
Ireland, “As If I Am Not There,” Juanita Wilson, director;
Israel, “Footnote,” Joseph Cedar, director;
Italy, “Terraferma,” Emanuele Crialese, director;
Japan, “Postcard,” Kaneto Shindo, director;
Kazakhstan, “Returning to the ‘A,’” Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, director;
Lebanon, “Where Do We Go Now?” Nadine Labaki, director;
Lithuania, “Back to Your Arms,” Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
Macedonia, “Punk Is Not Dead,” Vladimir Blazevski, director;
Mexico, “Miss Bala,” Gerardo Naranjo, director;
Morocco, “Omar Killed Me,” Roschdy Zem, director;
flowers-of-war-international-movie-poster-01Netherlands, “Sonny Boy,” Maria Peters, director;
New Zealand,”The Orator,” Tusi Tamasese, director;
Norway, “Happy, Happy,” Anne Sewitsky, director;
Peru, “October,” Diego Vega and Daniel Vega, directors;
Philippines, “The Woman in the Septic Tank,” Marlon N. Rivera, director;
Poland, “In Darkness,” Agnieszka Holland, director;
Portugal, “José and Pilar,” Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, director;
Romania, “Morgen,” Marian Crisan, director;
Russia, “Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel,” Nikita Mikhalkov, director;
Serbia, “Montevideo: Taste of a Dream,” Dragan Bjelogrlić, director;
Singapore, “Tatsumi,” Eric Khoo, director;
Slovak Republic,”Gypsy,” Martin Sulík, director;
South Africa,”Beauty,” Oliver Hermanus, director;
South Korea,”The Front Line,” Jang Hun, director;
Spain, “Black Bread,” Agusti Villaronga, director;
Sweden, “Beyond,” Pernilla August, director;
Switzerland, “Summer Games,” Rolando Colla, director;
Taiwan, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” Wei Te-sheng, director;
Thailand, “Kon Khon,” Sarunyu Wongkrachang, director;
Turkey, “Once upon a Time in Anatolia,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
United Kingdom,”Patagonia,” Marc Evans, director;
Uruguay, “The Silent House,” Gustavo Hernández, director;
Venezuela, “Rumble of the Stones,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director;
Vietnam, “The Prince and the Pagoda Boy,” Luu Trong Ninh, director.

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