The international Oscar race has an empress, a soldier and a donkey, but no runners

The international Oscar race has an empress, a soldier and a donkey, but no runners
The international Oscar race has an empress, a soldier and a donkey, but no runners

More than 50 countries have announced their nominations for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars, and the race so far has been wide and varied, but without the clear genre favorites that last year included Parasite, Roma and Amore.

Then again, the Japanese film Drive My Car wasn’t last year’s favorite at this point, but it swept through critics’ awards to become the front-runner when Oscar voters began voting. So there’s probably a dominant film, but we don’t know that yet.

However, major countries such as France, Italy, Denmark and Mexico have yet to announce their entry into the race, leaving this class with few candidates and plenty of uncertainty as the October 3 application deadline approaches.

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Four high-profile films premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Marie Kreutzer’s adventure drama Korsage, starring Vicky Krebs as the 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria; Lukas Dhont’s upcoming slim film Arti, a Belgian anthology; Almost without words, Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO is a road movie from the point of view of a donkey presented by Poland; and South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s elegant crime/love story The Decision to Leave.

Other films that could do well include The German’s Choice, Edward Berger’s shocking remake of the classic anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Spain’s El Caras, Carlos Simon’s drama that won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Our Brothers by director Rachid Boucharif, who previously represented Algeria seven times at the Oscars, receiving three of the country’s five nominations.

As usual, the rule that allows an Academy-accredited body from each country to choose to award that country’s Oscar has caused some surprises. India, which continues to have a long history of bypassing films that seem to have the best chance of nominations, opted for the Last Movie-style Paradise of Cinema over international sensation RRR. After the news was announced, RRR immediately appealed to Oscar voters to consider it as Best Picture.

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Meanwhile, Romania chose Taher by George Chiber and Monica Stan over RMN by Cristiano Mungiu, one of the directors behind the new Romanian cinema movement, famous for films like 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days. (Select Committee The country’s selection often includes films from the main directors of the movement, including Christy Puyo, Cornelius Poromboyo and Radu Judd, but none of them were ever nominated; the country finally got its first nomination when it presented the second. The “Collective” documentary from years.)

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Many other notable films are still shown from their countries. Denmark has narrowed its selection to three films, including Borderline director Ali Abbasi’s Holy Spider, which tells the story of a real-life serial killer who preys on prostitutes in Iran. France narrowed its competition down to five, including Mia Hansen Love’s One Beautiful Morning, Alice Winocourt’s Memories of Paris and Alice Diop’s Saint Omer. Finalists in Italy include Eight Mountains by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersh, who also collaborated on 2012. Belgian nominee The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Mexico, which has been shortlisted for the last two consecutive years and in 2018 won by Roma, announced a list of five finalists, one of whom, Lorenzo Vegas of The Box, was left off the table when Venezuela made it. their submission. Arguably the most famous finalist is Bardo (False History for a Handful of Facts), which received mixed reviews at the Venice and Telluride festivals, but comes from Alejandro G Inarritu, whose films have won eight Oscars, including Best Picture. “.

For the second year, director Susan Behr and curator Rajendra Roy will chair the International Feature Film Executive Committee. Beer became the commission’s first chair when the late Diane Wehrman stepped down in 2020, and Roy came in last year when state lines forced Larry Karasevsky out of the commission.

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The films will be available for viewing in a private screening room dedicated to the category on the members-only “Academy Screening Room” website, although no films are currently available and members have not been invited to join the panel that votes on the international award. The Academy may also host official in-person screenings in Los Angeles, a screening option that has not been available for the past two years, but is still to be determined.

Below is a list of movies released in their home countries. The Academy still has to screen these films to make sure they meet eligibility requirements, so inclusion on this list does not guarantee that a film will qualify. (Bulgaria originally introduced the word “mother”, which was deemed inappropriate because more than 50% of the dialogue was in English.)

Albania: A cup of coffee and new shoes by Jintian Koji
Algeria: “Our Brothers” by Rachid Bouchareb
Armenia: “Aurora Sunrise” by Inna Sahakyan
Austria: Korsage by Marie Kreutzer
Belgium: Close, Lukas Dhontas
Bolivia: “Utama” by Alejandro Luisa Grisi
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Song by Aida Begic
Brazil: Mars One, Gabriel Martins
Canada: Eternal Spring by Jason Loftus
Costa Rica: “Domingo and the Fog” by Ariel Escalante
Croatia: A Safe Place by Juraj Lerotic
Czech Republic: Il Boemo, Petr Vaclav
Ecuador: Lo Invisible by Javier Andrade
Finland: “Portrait of a Girl” by Alli Haapasalo.
Georgia: “Long break” Davit Pertskhalava
Germany: “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Eduard Berger
Greece: “Magnetic Fields” by Yorgos Joses
Guatemala: The Silence of the Mole by Anais Tarasina
Hungary: “The Siege” by Adam Tuser
Iceland: Beautiful Objects by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
India: The Last Film Exhibition Ban Nalin
Indonesia: Ngeri-Ngeri Sedap by Bene Dion Rajagukguk
Iran: The Third World War by Homan Sidi
Ireland: The Quiet Girl by Colm Bayrid
Israel: Sabaya Cinema, Orit Fox Rotem
Japan: Plan 75 by Chi Hayakawa
Kazakhstan: Baikazin Emir “Life”.
Kosovo: “In Search of Venus” by Norica Seva
Latvia: “January”, Viestur Kairiš
Lithuania: “Pilgrims” Laurynas Bareisa
Moldova: “coal”, ion sails
Montenegro: “Laurel Elegy”, Dusan Kasalika
Nepal: “Butterfly on Window Glass” by Sujit Bidari
Holland: “Anesthesia” by Martin de Jong
New Zealand: “Muru” Tearepa Kahi
Palestine: “Mediterranean Fever” Maha Hajj
Panama: The Birthday Boy by Arturo Montenegro
Paraguay: Eami, Paz Encina
Poland: “EO” by Jerzy Skolimowski
Portugal: Alma Viva by Cristel Alves Mira
Romania: Tahir, Monica Stan, George Scheber
Serbia: Darkling, Dusan Milic
Slovakia: “Victim” by Michel Blasco
Slovenia: “Orchestra” Matvez Lozar
South Korea: “The Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-wook
Spain: Alcarras, Carla Simon
Sweden: “Boy from the Sky” Tariq Saleh
Switzerland: A Piece of Heaven by Michael Koch
Taiwan: “Cursed Asura” Lu Yi An
Tanzania: “Towing a Man” by Emile Shivji
Tunisia: “Under the Fig Trees” by Irij Al-Suhairi.
Turkey: “Ker” Tefun Berselmoglu
Uganda: Tembele, Maurice Mugisha
Ukraine: Klondike, Marina I. Gorbach
Uruguay: “Employer and Employee” by Manolo Nieto
Venezuela: “The Box” by Lorenzo Vegas

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