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65 nations compete for best foreign film at the Oscars

October 13, 2010 |  1:12 pm

Movies from 65 nations will compete for best foreign film at the Oscars, including entries from Ethiopia and Greenland, which are new to the race.

The rundown just issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be whittled down to a short list of nine titles after they are screened and scored by academy members, who are divided into four color-coded teams (white, green, blue and red) that each view 16 movies between Friday and Jan. 13. The teams will select at least six titles. An academy review committee has the authority to add up to three more movies to complete a short list of nine to be announced in January. Then the semi-finalists are viewed and scored one more time by select academy members who decide the five nominees to be unveiled on Jan. 25. Only academy members who attend screenings of all five nominees may vote for the winner to be announced on Feb. 27.

Biutiful newsThere are two initial standouts, both of which recently won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or champ "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" (Thailand) and "Biutiful" (Mexico) starring best actor victor Javier Bardem. "Biutiful" is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose "Amores Perros" was nominated for best foreign film of 2000 and whose "Babel" was up for best picture of 2006. However, Cannes champs are often cursed at the Oscars.

Other films considered to be strong candidates for the short list include "Bal (Honey)" (Turkey), "Dogtooth" (Greece), "In a Better World" (Denmark), "Incendies" (Canada), "Kawasaki’s Rose" (Czech Republic), "Life, Above All" (South Africa), "Of Gods and Men" (France), "Outside the Law" (Algeria) and "Son of Babylon" (Iraq).

Below, the full official list, cited alphabetically by country:

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

Photo: Javier Bardem in "Biutiful." Credit: Roadside Attractions

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