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August 30, 2015 at 3:29 am #193359
“Aferim!” by Radu Jude for Romania
“Baby(a)lone” by Donato Rotunno for Luxembourg
“Box 25” by Mercedes Arias and Delfina Vidal for Panama
“Iraqi Odyssey” by Samir for Switzerland
“Ixcanul Volcano” by Jayro Bustamante for Guatemala
“Labirynth of Lies” by Giulio Racciarelli for Germany
“Our Everyday Life” by Ines TanoviÄ‡ for Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Son of Saul” by Laszlo Nemes for Hungary
“Stranger” by Ermek Tursunov for Kazakhstan
“The High Sun” by Dalibor MataniÄ‡ for Croatia
“The Wanted 18” by Paul Cowan & Amel Shomari for PalestineAugust 31, 2015 at 11:40 am #193361
Thanks for posting this, Jake! We know that Son of Saul is a likely contender and I’ve heard great things about Labyrinth of Lies, too. I was able to see The Second Mother this weekend and I LOVED it. I hope Brazil throws it in.
Also anxious to see how Mountains May Depart and The Assassin line up. I’m thinking MMD is from China and The Assassin from Taiwan.September 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm #193362
“Wof Tottem” by Jean-Jacques Annaud for China
“The Fencer” by Klaus Härö for Finland
“Memories on Stone” by Shawkat Amin Korki for Iraq
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” by Roy Andersson for Sweden
September 2, 2015 at 8:03 am #193363
“Goodbye Mommy” by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz for Austria
“Xenia” by Panos H. Koutras for Greece
“The Throne” by Lee Joon-ik for South Korea
“The Wave” by Roar Uthaug for Norway
“Gone with the River” by Mario Crespo for VenezuelaSeptember 2, 2015 at 10:19 am #193364
This is probably my favorite Oscar category, and I get really excited when the submissions start pouring in. A few guesses:
The Club from Chile. It doesn’t sound like something voters will go for, but it got an amazing reception out of Berlin, and Chile has submitted Pablo Larrain before.
The Assassin from Taiwan. Fairly obvious choice, although probably not a nominee.
Dheepan from France. As usual, France has a number of options, but the Palme D’Or winner has to be considered the frontrunner. If it is submitted, I’d say it has a good shot at a nomination.
Our Little Sister from Japan. It was a Cannes selection, and Japan has submitted Koreeda before, but they also passed over his last film, Like Father, Like Son. There are probably other Japanese options that I’m just not familiar with.
Rams from Iceland. This is a total guess, but it won Un Certain Regard, so why not?
No matter who submits what, though, it’s going to take a serious heavyweight to beat Son of Saul. I can’t remember the last time a movie was so overwhelmingly considered to be the frontrunner the summer before the ceremony. Even Amour supposedly faced competition from The Intouchables (or not).September 3, 2015 at 6:57 am #193365
Japan – 100 Yen Love
which means, I think, that Mountains May Depart is out of contention, which could have possibly qualified as either China or Japan’s submission but both have entered other films now 🙁September 3, 2015 at 10:15 am #193366
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence
Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men & Chickens
Tobias Lindholm’s A War
Oppenheimer’s previous film, The Act of Killing, was on their shortlist two years ago, but they selected The Hunt instead. Will they choose the even-more-acclaimed (but still pretty tough to watch) follow-up? It’s very rare for documentaries to be submitted.
I have no idea what Men & Chickens is, but Jensen is already an Oscar winner, for the short film Election Night.
My guess is that, assuming its Venice premiere goes well, Lindholm will win out here. His previous film, A Hijacking, was widely acclaimed, and this movie seems even more timely.
The final submission will be announced on September 23.September 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm #193367
“Enclave” by Goran RadovanoviÄ‡ for Serbia
“100 Yen Love” by Masaharu Take for Japan
“Cloudy Times” by Arami Ullon for Paraguay (documentary and first country’s submission)September 3, 2015 at 4:54 pm #193368
I can’t believe Serbia didn’t choose The Disobedient. Huge mistake.September 4, 2015 at 6:53 am #193369
China will never pick a Jia ZhangKe film…
I think Japan made a great choice. Sakura Andô was amazing in 100 Yen Love. I hope she gets some attention.September 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm #193370
“The Judgment” by Stephan Komandarev for Bulgaria
“Sand Dollars” by Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas for Dominican RepublicSeptember 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm #193371
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One by Miguel Gomes for Portugal
The Paradise Suite by Joost van Ginkel for Netherlands
September 8, 2015 at 8:59 am #193372
Austria submitted the horror flick Goodnight Mommy. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think I might pull for it to at least make the shortlist because horror never gets proper recognition.September 8, 2015 at 9:31 am #193373
“Rams” by Grímur Hákonarson for Iceland
“Theeb” by Naji Abu Nowar for Jordan