September 11, 2013 at 11:16 am #112322
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. TanoviÄ‡
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. OstojiÄ‡
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. DuroviÄ‡ (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. RodriguezSeptember 11, 2013 at 11:31 am #112324
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.September 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm #112325
(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.September 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm #112326
Could Serbia’s “Circles” be a contender? I’ve heard about it at a couple festivals.September 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm #112327
[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.September 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm #112328
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.htmlSeptember 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm #112329
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 muchSeptember 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm #112330
[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.
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.September 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm #112331
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.September 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm #112332
This page may also be helpfulSeptember 12, 2013 at 7:45 am #112333
Croatia : Halima’s PathSeptember 12, 2013 at 8:51 am #112334
Is that it? Or will more countries will be added?September 12, 2013 at 9:32 am #112335
There will be 65-70 entries. The deadline is the end of this month.September 12, 2013 at 10:34 am #112336
here are the 4 films that had been choosen to be in the final round in the spanish selection
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