Thursday, October 14, 2010

65 Countries Submit Entries for 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

It is almost upon us - that time of year when the movie awards season cranks up - as this press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences attests:

65 Countries Enter Race for 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA (October 13, 2010) — Sixty-five countries, including first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The 2010 submissions are:

Albania, “East, West, East,” Gjergj Xhuvani, director;

Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;

Argentina, “Carancho,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Austria, “La Pivellina,” Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, directors;

Azerbaijan, “The Precinct,” Ilgar Safat, director;

Bangladesh, “Third Person Singular Number,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;

Belgium, “Illegal,” Olivier Masset-Depasse, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Circus Columbia,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Brazil, “Lula, the Son of Brazil,” Fabio Barreto, director;

Bulgaria, “Eastern Plays,” Kamen Kalev, director;

Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;

Chile, “The Life of Fish,” Matias Bize, director;

China, “Aftershock,” Feng Xiaogang, director;

Colombia, “Crab Trap,” Oscar Ruiz Navia, director;

Costa Rica, “Of Love and Other Demons,” Hilda Hidalgo, director;

Croatia, “The Blacks,” Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric, directors;

Czech Republic, “Kawasaki’s Rose,” Jan Hrebejk, director;

Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;

Egypt, “Messages from the Sea,” Daoud Abdel Sayed, director;

Estonia, “The Temptation of St. Tony,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;

Ethiopia, “The Athlete,” Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, directors;

Finland, “Steam of Life,” Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen, directors;

France, “Of Gods and Men,” Xavier Beauvois, director;

Georgia, “Street Days,” Levan Koguashvili, director;

Germany, “When We Leave,” Feo Aladag, director;

Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;

Greenland, “Nuummioq,” Otto Rosing and Torben Bech, directors;

Hong Kong, “Echoes of the Rainbow,” Alex Law, director;

Hungary, “Bibliotheque Pascal,” Szabolcs Hajdu, director;

Iceland, “Mamma Gogo,” Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, director;

India, “Peepli [Live],” Anusha Rizvi, director;

Indonesia, “How Funny (Our Country Is),” Deddy Mizwar, director;

Iran, “Farewell Baghdad,” Mehdi Naderi, director;

Iraq, “Son of Babylon,” Mohamed Al-Daradji, director;

Israel, “The Human Resources Manager,” Eran Riklis, director;

Italy, “La Prima Cosa Bella” (“The First Beautiful Thing”), Paolo Virzi, director;

Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;

Kazakhstan, “Strayed,” Akan Satayev, director;

Korea, “A Barefoot Dream,” Tae-kyun Kim, director;

Kyrgyzstan, “The Light Thief,” Aktan Arym Kubat, director;

Latvia, “Hong Kong Confidential,” Maris Martinsons, director;

Macedonia, “Mothers,” Milcho Manchevski, director;

Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;

Netherlands, “Tirza,” Rudolf van den Berg, director;

Nicaragua, “La Yuma,” Florence Jaugey, director;

Norway, “The Angel,” Margreth Olin, director;

Peru, “Undertow” (“Contracorriente”), Javier Fuentes-Leon, director;

Philippines, “Noy,” Dondon S. Santos and Rodel Nacianceno, directors;

Poland, “All That I Love,” Jacek Borcuch, director;

Portugal, “To Die Like a Man,” Joao Pedro Rodrigues, director;

Puerto Rico, “Miente” (“Lie”), Rafael Mercado, director;

Romania, “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” Florin Serban, director;

Russia, “The Edge,” Alexey Uchitel, director;

Serbia, “Besa,” Srdjan Karanovic, director;

Slovakia, “Hranica” (“The Border”), Jaroslav Vojtek, director;

Slovenia, “9:06,” Igor Sterk, director;

South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;

Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;

Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director;

Switzerland, “La Petite Chambre,” Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond, directors;

Taiwan, “Monga,” Chen-zer Niu, director;

Thailand, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul, director;

Turkey, “Bal” (“Honey”), Semih Kaplanoglu, director;

Uruguay, “La Vida Util,” Federico Veiroj, director;

Venezuela, “Hermano,” Marcel Rasquin, director.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide. [END]

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