Oscars Shortlist: 81 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

As with most years, the Foreign Language Feature submissions from each country are the first to be displayed. Spanning the globe, these films have all met their eligibility requirements and will become one of five films to make the final cut. Eventually these 83 films will be narrowed down to 9 that are eligible and from that smaller pool will come the five nominees. Credit must be given to the Foreign Language division of the Academy that usually sift through all these films, so how they find the time to make these cuts and views these films is a marvel in and of itself.

Last year, “Ida” (Poland) won the category, a black-and-white feature following a young woman training to become a nun who leaves in order to take care of some family business.

As I haven’t seen almost any of the ones in the running this year, the only ones I can even remotely extrapolate on are the ones I’ve seen trailers for throughout the year. Austria’s “Goodnight Mommy” (the “Goodnight Mommy” trailer) is one I wanted to see, which is a thriller about twin boys who believe their mother, who just returned from facial reconstruction surgery, isn’t actually their mother. Brazil’s “The Second Mother,” (the “Second Mother” trailer) about a live-in housekeeper for a rich family whose daughter comes to stay and ends up blurring the lines between the upstairs/downstairs dynamic. Canada’s “Félix and Meira (the “Felix and Meira” trailer) is a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another.” Germany’s “Labyrinth Of Lies” (the “Labyrinth Of Lies” trailer) was just recently released in the United States, and it sees a “young public prosecutor comes across some documents that help initiate the trial against some members of the SS who served in Auschwitz.”

A few others have trailers that I know less about are India’s “Court” (the “Court” trailer), Greece’s “Xenia” (the “Xenia” trailer), Sweden’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (the “Pigeon” trailer), and Taiwan’s “The Assassin” (the “Assassin” trailer). Below is the list of all 81 films in contention:

  1. Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer
  2. Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
  3. Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina
  4. Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero
  5. Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon
  6. Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
  7. Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon
  8. Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Life,” Ines Tanović
  10. Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert
  11. Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev
  12. Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar
  13. Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux
  14. Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín
  15. China, “Go Away Mr. Tumor,” Han Yan
  16. Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra
  17. Costa Rica, “Presos,” Esteban Ramírez
  18. Croatia, “The High Sun,” Dalibor Matanić
  19. Czech Republic, “Home Care,” Slavek Horak
  20. Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm
  21. Dominican Republic, “Sand Dollars,” Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
  22. Estonia, “1944,” Elmo Nüganen
  23. Ethiopia, “Lamb,” Yared Zeleke
  24. Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Härö
  25. France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  26. Georgia, “Moira,” Levan Tutberidze
  27. Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli
  28. Greece, “Xenia,” Panos H. Koutras
  29. Guatemala, “Ixcanul Volcano,” Jayro Bustamante
  30. Hong Kong, “To the Fore,” Dante Lam
  31. Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes
  32. Iceland, “Rams,” Grímur Hákonarson
  33. India, “Court,” Chaitanya Tamhane
  34. Iran, “Muhammad: The Messenger of God,” Majid Majidi
  35. Iraq, “Memories on Stone,” Shawkat Amin Korki
  36. Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach
  37. Israel, “Baba Joon,” Yuval Delshad
  38. Italy, “Non essere cattivo,” Claudio Caligari
  39. Ivory Coast, “Run,” Philippe Lacôte
  40. Japan, “100 Yen Love,” Masaharu Take
  41. Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar
  42. Kazakhstan, “Stranger,” Yermek Tursunov
  43. Kosovo, “Babai,” Visar Morina
  44. Kyrgyzstan, “Heavenly Nomadic,” Mirlan Abdykalykov
  45. Latvia, “Modris,” Juris Kursietis
  46. Lebanon, “Void,” Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Zeina Makki, Tarek Korkomaz, Christelle Ighniades, Maria Abdel Karim, Salim Haber
  47. Lithuania, “The Summer of Sangaile,” Alanté Kavaïté
  48. Luxembourg, “Baby (A)lone,” Donato Rotunno
  49. Macedonia, “Honey Night,” Ivo Trajko
  50. Malaysia, “Men Who Save the World,” Liew Seng Tat
  51. Mexico, “600 Miles,” Gabriel Ripstein
  52. Montenegro, “You Carry Me,” Ivona Juka
  53. Morocco, “Aida,” Driss Mrini
  54. Nepal, “Talakjung vs Tulke,” Basnet Nischal
  55. Netherlands, “The Paradise Suite,” Joost van Ginkel
  56. Norway, “The Wave,” Roar Uthaug
  57. Pakistan, “Moor,” Jami
  58. Palestine, “The Wanted 18,” Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan
  59. Paraguay, “Cloudy Times,” Arami Ullón
  60. Peru, “NN,” Héctor Gálvez
  61. Philippines, “Heneral Luna,” Jerrold Tarog
  62. Poland, “11 Minutes,” Jerzy Skolimowski
  63. Portugal, “Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One,” Miguel Gomes
  64. Romania, “Aferim!” Radu Jude
  65. Russia, “Sunstroke,” Nikita Mikhalkov
  66. Serbia, “Enclave,” Goran Radovanović
  67. Singapore, “7 Letters,” Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, K. Rajagopal
  68. Slovakia, “Goat,” Ivan Ostrochovský
  69. Slovenia, “The Tree,” Sonja Prosenc
  70. South Africa, “The Two of Us,” Ernest Nkosi
  71. South Korea, “The Throne,” Lee Joon-ik
  72. Spain, “Flowers,” Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
  73. Sweden, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson
  74. Switzerland, “Iraqi Odyssey,” Samir
  75. Taiwan, “The Assassin,” Hou Hsiao-hsien
  76. Thailand, “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” Josh Kim
  77. Turkey, “Sivas,” Kaan Müjdeci
  78. United Kingdom, “Under Milk Wood,” Kevin Allen
  79. Uruguay, “A Moonless Night,” Germán Tejeira
  80. Venezuela, “Gone with the River,” Mario Crespo
  81. Vietnam, “Jackpot,” Dustin Nguyen

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