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Record field lines up for subtitle gong

Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands is one of a record 83 confirmed submissions for the 2015 Foreign Language Oscar, with the deadline having passed on 1 October.

Lebanon has changed its submission from Ghadi, which became ineligible after changing its release date. Lara Saba’s Blind Intersections will now fly the Lebanese flag.

This year’s Oscar virgins include Kosovo, with Isa Qosja’s Three Windows and a Hanging; Malta, offering Rebecca Cremona’s Simshar; Mauritania, from where Abderrahmane Sissako’s Cannes-premiered Timbuktu has been having a great international festival run; and Abner Benaim’s doco Invasion, hailing from Panama.

This year’s crop of newbies looked destined to include Nigeria, for whom AMPAS approved an Oscar selection committee in May. However, no Nigerian title was submitted by the deadline.

Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, for which David Gulpilil won in Cannes, is Australia’s entry. The UK which, like NZ, is not a regular submitter, has put forward Uzun Yol’s Turkish-language Little Happiness. Turkey surprised absolutely nobody with its choice of submission, offering Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winner Winter Sleep.

AMPAS will announce a nine title shortlist, from which up to five films will be announced as nominees in January. Paolo Sorrentino’s Italian feature The Great Beauty took the gong this year.

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

Nominees will be announced 16 January (NZ time). The Academy Awards will be presented 23 February (NZ time). The submissions for the foreign language Oscar are:

Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi
Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón
Australia, Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska
Azerbaijan, Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu
Bangladesh, Glow of the Firefly, Khalid Mahmood Mithu
Belgium, Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
Bolivia, Forgotten, Carlos Bolado
Bosnia and Herzegovina, With Mom, Faruk Lončarevič
Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro
Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rhapsody, Ivan Nitchev
Canada, Mommy, Xavier Dolan
Chile, To Kill a Man, Alejandro Fernández Almendras
China, The Nightingale, Philippe Muyl
Colombia, Mateo, María Gamboa
Costa Rica, Red Princesses, Laura Astorga Carrera
Croatia, Cowboys, Tomislav Mršić
Cuba, Conducta, Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Czech Republic, Fair Play, Andrea Sedláčková
Denmark, Sorrow and Joy, Nils Malmros
Dominican Republic, Cristo Rey, Leticia Tonos
Ecuador, Silence in Dreamland, Tito Molina
Egypt, Factory Girl, Mohamed Khan
Estonia, Tangerines, Zaza Urushadze
Ethiopia, Difret, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Finland, Concrete Night, Pirjo Honkasalo
France, Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello
Georgia, Corn Island, George Ovashvili
Germany, Beloved Sisters, Dominik Graf
Greece, Little England, Pantelis Voulgaris
Hong Kong, The Golden Era, Ann Hui
Hungary, White God, Kornél Mundruczó
Iceland, Life in a Fishbowl, Baldvin Zophoníasson
India, Liar’s Dice, Geetu Mohandas
Indonesia, Soekarno, Hanung Bramantyo
Iran, Today, Reza Mirkarimi
Iraq, Mardan, Batin Ghobadi
Ireland, The Gift, Tom Collins
Israel, Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
Italy, Human Capital, Paolo Virzì
Japan, The Light Shines Only There, Mipo O
Kosovo, Three Windows and a Hanging, Isa Qosja
Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz
Latvia, Rocks in My Pockets, Signe Baumane
Lebanon, Ghadi, Amin Dora
Lithuania, The Gambler, Ignas Jonynas
Luxembourg, Never Die Young, Pol Cruchten
Macedonia, To the Hilt, Stole Popov
Malta, Simshar, Rebecca Cremona
Mauritania, Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
Mexico, Cantinflas, Sebastián del Amo
Moldova, The Unsaved, Igor Cobileanski
Montenegro, The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street, Nikola Vukčević
Morocco, The Red Moon, Hassan Benjelloun
Nepal, Jhola, Yadav Kumar Bhattarai
Netherlands, Accused, Paula van der Oest
New Zealand, The Dead Lands, Toa Fraser
Norway, 1001 Grams, Bent Hamer
Pakistan, Dukhtar, Afia Nathaniel
Palestine, Eyes of a Thief, Najwa Najjar
Panama, Invasion, Abner Benaim
Peru, The Gospel of the Flesh, Eduardo Mendoza
Philippines, Norte, the End of History, Lav Diaz
Poland, Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski
Portugal, What Now? Remind Me, Joaquim Pinto
Romania, The Japanese Dog, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Russia, Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Serbia, See You in Montevideo, Dragan Bjelogrlić
Singapore, Sayang Disayang, Sanif Olek
Slovakia, A Step into the Dark, Miloslav Luther
Slovenia, Seduce Me, Marko Šantić
South Africa, Elelwani, Ntshavheni Wa Luruli
South Korea, Haemoo, Shim Sung-bo
Spain, Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, David Trueba
Sweden, Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund
Switzerland, The Circle, Stefan Haupt
Taiwan, Ice Poison, Midi Z
Thailand, The Teacher’s Diary, Nithiwat Tharathorn
Turkey, Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ukraine, The Guide, Oles Sanin
United Kingdom, Little Happiness, Nihat Seven
Uruguay, Mr. Kaplan, Álvaro Brechner
Venezuela, The Liberator, Alberto Arvelo

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