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  • Jake
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    76 submitted in total:

    Afghanistan: “Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)”, d.: B. Akram

    Albania: “Agon”, d.: R. Budina

    Argentina: “Wakolda”, d.: L. Puenzo

    Australia: “The Rocket”, director: K. Mordaunt

    Austria: “The Wall”, d.: J. Polser

    Azerbaijan: “Steppe Man”, d.: S. Aliyev

    Bangladesh: “Television”, d.: M. S. Farooki

    Belgium: “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, d.: F. van Groeningen

    Bosnia & Herzegovina: “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Pricker”, d.: D. Tanović

    Brazil: “Neighbouring Sounds”, d.: K. M. Filho

    Bulgaria: “The Colour of the Chameleon”, d: E. Hristov

    Cambodia: “The Missing Picture”, d.: R. Panh

    Canada: “Gabrielle”, d.: L. Archambaut

    Chad: “GriGris”, d.: M.-S. Haroun

    Chile: “Gloria”, d: S. Lelio

    China: “Back to 1942”, d.: Feng Xiaogang

    Colombia: “La Playa DC”, d.: J. A. Arango

    Croatia: “Halima’s Path”, d: A. A. Ostojić

    Czech Republic: “The Don Juans”, d.: J. Menzel

    Denmark: “The Hunt”, d.: T. Vinterberg

    Dominican Republic: “Who’s the Boss?”, d.: R. Castillo

    Ecuador: “Porcelain Horse”, d.: J. Andrade

    Egypt: “Winter of Discontent”, d.: I. El-Batout

    Estonia: “Free Range”, d.: V. Ounpuu

    Finland: “Disciple”, d.: U. Bengts

    France: “Renoir”, d.: G. Bourdos 

    Georgia: “In Bloom”, d.: N. Ekvtimishvili, S. Gross

    Germany: “Two Lives”, d.: G. Maas

    Greece: “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food”, d.: E. Lygizos

    Hong Kong: “The Grandmaster”, d.: Wong Kar-wai

    Hungary: “The Notebook”, d: J. Szasz

    Iceland: “Of Horses and Men”, d.: B. Erlingsson

    India: “The Good Road”, d.: G. Correa

    Indonesia: “Sang Kiai”, d.: R. Prijanto

    Iran: “The Past”, d.: A. Farhadi

    Israel: “Bethlehem”, d.: Y. Adler

    Italy: “The Great Beauty”, d.: P. Sorrentino

    Japan: “The Great Passage”, d.: Y. Ishii

    Kazakhstan: “The Old Man”, d.: E. Tursunov

    Latvia: “Mother I Love You”, d.: J. Nords

    Lebanon: “Ghadi”, d.: A. Dora

    Lithuania: “Confessions on Serious Topics”, d.: G. Beinoriute

    Luxembourg: “Blind Spot”, d.: C. Wagner

    Mexico: “Heli”, d.: A. Escalante

    Moldova: “All God’s children”, d.: A. Popovici (first submission from Moldova ever)

    Montenegro: “Bad Destiny”, d.: D. Durović (first submission from Montenegro ever)

    Morocco: “God’s Horses”, d.: N. Ayouch

    Nepal: “Sungava: Dance of the Orchids”, d.: S. Thapa

    Netherlands: “Borgman”, d.: A. van Warmerdam

    New Zealand: “White Lies”, d.: D. Rotberg

    Norway: “I Am Yours”, d.: I. Haq

    Pakistan: “Zinda Bhaag”, d.: M. Gaur, F. Nabi

    Palestine: “Omar”, d.: H. Abu-Assad

    Peru: “The Cleaner”, d.: A. Saba

    Philippines: “Transit”, d.: H. Espia

    Poland: “WaÅ‚Ä™sa”, d.: A. Wajda

    Portugal: “Lines of Wellington”, d.: V. Sarmiento

    Romania: “Child’s Poze”, d.: C. P. Netzer

    Russia: “Stalingrad”, d.: F. Bondarchuk

    Saudi Arabia: “Wadjda”, d.: H. al-Mansour (first submission from Saudi Arabia ever)

    Serbia: “Circles”, d.: S. Golubovic

    Singapore: “Ilo Ilo”, d.: A. Chen

    Slovakia: “My Dog Killer”, d.: M. Fornay

    Slovenia: “Class Enemy”, d.: R. Bicek

    South Africa: “Four Corners”, d.: I. Gabriel

    South Korea: “Juvenile Offender”, d.: K. Yi-kwan

    Spain: “15 Years and One Day”, d.: G. Querejeta

    Sweden: “Eat Sleep Die”, d.: G. Pichler

    Switzerland: “More than Honey”, d.: M. Imhoof

    Taiwan: “Soul”, d.: Chung Mong-Hong

    Thailand: “Countdown”, d.: N. Poonpiriya

    Turkey: “The Butterfly’s Dream”, d.: Y. Erdogan

    Ukraine: “Paradjanov”, d.: S. Avedikian, O. Fetisova

    United Kingdom: “Metro Manila”, d.: S. Ellis

    Uruguay: “Anina”, d.: A. Soderguit

    Venezuela: “Breach in the Silence”, d.: L. & A. Rodriguez

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    Scottferguson
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    The Past is a French film. They have a tradition of not submitting a film that doesn’t have a French director. (The last time they did was the late 70s, for Madame Rosa with an Israeli director, but they won). They were silly not to fight to be the ones submitting Amour last year, which would have scored as a victory for them. (They went with crowd pleaser Intouchables, which solved a political problem but then failed to make the cut to 9 semi-finalists – my contacts tell me they committee was upset Rust & Bone – which they had seen as a regular screener – wasn’t submitted).
    The Past could be an Iranian submission – I’m told it played there, and of course has enough Iranian elements to qualify. However, Iran backed out of submitting last year as a boycott of sorts, and has not announced a return.
    And there is a chance this could get screwed up and not be eligible, which would be great since anything that makes the idiocy of this category an issue is the best thing that could happen.
    Blue Is the Warmest color will be eligible next year if the film receives no nominations this year, since it will open in France after the FL deadline but also will open in the US before the end of the year. Such is the nonsense about this category.
    The line up so far, and from what I hear about the other possibilities, seems weak. The German film is more than a year old and has so far gotten no US distrib interest. The likely Japanese entry Like Father Like Son was passed over, which is pathetic (it was a Cannes prize winner – Japan is super producer political in its choices). Either China or Hong Kong will likely submit The Grandmaster, but that will cause all sorts of confusion since the longer Chinese release will be the official version.
    Denmark has three choices, including The Hunt, which has been released in the US this year.
    The Australian film The Rocket – which won a Tribeca – is set in Laos, and though lightweight (and with no US distrib yet) might do OK with the wider committee, though not sure it would get past the final group.

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    Jake
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    (They went with crowd pleaser Intouchables, which solved a political problem but then failed to make the cut to 9 semi-finalists – my contacts tell me they committee was upset Rust & Bone – which they had seen as a regular screener – wasn’t submitted).

    I don’t blame them if they were upset, although they didn’t like it enough to nominate Cotillard anyway. A double shame then.

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    Kevin
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    Could Serbia’s “Circles” be a contender?  I’ve heard about it at a couple festivals.

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    Scottferguson
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    [quote=”Scottferguson”](They went with crowd pleaser Intouchables, which solved a political problem but then failed to make the cut to 9 semi-finalists – my contacts tell me they committee was upset Rust & Bone – which they had seen as a regular screener – wasn’t submitted).

    I don’t blame them if they were upset, although they didn’t like it enough to nominate Cotillard anyway. A double shame then.[/quote]

    Not one “they” here – the FL committee consists of around 300 or so members from all branches, all volunteers, from my experience in going to screenings and what I hear from the PR people are involved includes very few actors – it’s mainly retirees not working anymore (while actors often keep busy). Tends to be more from writers, at large and exec members.

    The actors branch alone nominates actors.

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    They went with crowd pleaser Intouchables, which solved a political problem but then failed to make the cut to 9 semi-finalists – my contacts tell me they committee was upset Rust & Bone – which they had seen as a regular screener – wasn’t submitted.

    “The Intouchables” was one of the 9 semi-finalists.
    http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2012/20121221.html

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    Scottferguson
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    thx for catching that – what I recall now is that the publicists working the voters said the initial committee wasn’t crazy, but the exec comm (set up to make sure top contenders get included) added it, then the final committee of 30 members rejected it

    it was one of the shocks of last year that the big committee didn’t swoon for it, since it became a hit in the US appealing to mostly older audiences – but traditionally they don’t like comedies much

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    babypook
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    [quote=”Scottferguson”]They went with crowd pleaser Intouchables, which solved a political problem but then failed to make the cut to 9 semi-finalists – my contacts tell me they committee was upset Rust & Bone – which they had seen as a regular screener – wasn’t submitted.

    “The Intouchables” was one of the 9 semi-finalists.
    http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2012/20121221.html[/quote]

    That’s right. I love this film, and the principals.  Esp Omar Sy. How dare they make a film which shows the human spirit with such dignity and joy.  

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    Scottferguson
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    I liked it as much when Ivan Reitman did the same thing in Father’s Day.

    That said, as much as I thought Intouchables was mediocre, I think in a sane, reasonable world it should have been one of the five nominated films. It earned the honor based on both its international and US success. One of the reasons I prefer a different system is that films that do make an impact in the US do make the final five.

    Having said that, its not getting in made it easier for the brilliant Amour to win. Not sure if Intouchables would have made a difference if it got in, but the voters for the final choice, though still small, is wider than for the nominations.

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    Croatia : Halima’s Path

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    Junk
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    Is that it? Or will more countries will be added?

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    Scottferguson
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    There will be 65-70 entries. The deadline is the end of this month.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    here are the 4 films that had been choosen to be in the final round in the spanish selection

    http://www.elcorreo.com/videos/ultima-hora/cultura/2659963551001-peliculas-espanolas-preseleccionadas-para-oscar-ariel.html

    alacran enamoroda
    la gran familia española
    15 años y un dia
    canibal 

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    babypook
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    Is that it? Or will more countries will be added?

    More Nations should be announcing soon. Canada’s entry for example, should come sometime on or after Sept 24. 

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