Best International Feature Film Submissions to the 93rd Academy Awards Held in 2021 to Compete for an Oscar Nomination or Win in the Foreign Language Film Category

by CineasticusBorealis | created - 7 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

The Oscar race of 2020/21 has begun in a very special year with a worldwide pandemic, far too many sick and dead people around the globe due to Coronavirus respectively COVID-19, lockdowns and widespread cinema closings including a lot of cancellations or postponements of scheduled theatrical film releases as well as the postponement of the Oscar ceremony itself. Despite the restrictions and modified rules for eligibility to participate, how many countries will this year compete for an Academy Award nomination or a win in the Best International Feature Film category?

We will have the answer in the upcoming months. Further information follows. Please be patient!



Road to the Oscar ......................................................................................................................

This is an overview of the shortlisted and nominated films as well as the winner in the category Best International Feature Film of the 93rd Academy Awards.

██ The Winner Film ██ Date of Announcement: 25 April 2021



▓▓ The 5 Nominated Films ▓▓ Date of Announcement: -

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▒▒ The 10 Shortlisted Films ▒▒ Date of Announcement: -

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Main Language Distribution ......................................................................................................................

This selection shows all languages which are mainly spoken in more than one of the submitted films for an Academy Awards nomination in the Best International Feature Film category during the submission period 2019/2020.

13 films ·····> Spanish 09 films ·····> Arabic 05 films ·····> French 05 films ·····> German 04 films ·····> Mandarin 04 films ·····> Serbo-Croatian 02 films ·····> Portuguese 02 films ·····> Swedish



Continental Distribution ......................................................................................................................

This selection shows how many countries of the respective continent have submitted a film for an Academy Awards nomination in the Best International Feature Film category during the submission period of 2019/2020.

37 submitting countries ·····> Europe 28 submitting countries ·····> Asia 17 submitting countries ·····> Americas 10 submitting countries ·····> Africa 00 submitting countries ·····> Oceania



Directors by Whom Films Have Been Submitted Several Times ......................................................................................................................

This selection contains all directors of submitted films for an Academy Awards nomination in the Best International Feature Film category during the submission period of 2019/2020 with more than one submission from the past to the deadline at 31 December 2020 and shows how many wins, nominations and shortlistings they received till to this date as well as the times when they were out of the race.

06 times ·····> Majid Majidi | Sun Children | Iran ➜ 1x nom 05 times ·····> Agnieszka Holland | Charlatan | Czech Republic ➜ 2x nom, 1x disq 04 times ·····> Milcho Manchevski | Willow | North Macedonia ➜ 1x nom

03 times ·····> Fernando Trueba | Forgotten We'll Be | Colombia ➜ 1x won 03 times ·····> Deepa Mehta | Funny Boy | Canada | disqualified ➜ 1x nom 03 times ·····> Thomas Vinterberg | Another Round | Denmark ➜ 1x nom 03 times ·····> Andrey Konchalovskiy | Dear Comrades! | Russia ➜ 1x short 03 times ·····> Veiko Õunpuu | The Last Ones | Estonia 03 times ·····> Leticia Tonos | A State of Madness | Dominican Republic

02 times ·····> Mirlan Abdykalykov | Running to the Sky | Kyrgyzstan 02 times ·····> Peter Bebjak | The Auschwitz Report | Slovakia 02 times ·····> Kaouther Ben Hania | The Man Who Sold His Skin | Tunisia 02 times ·····> Jayro Bustamante | The Weeping Woman | Guatemala 02 times ·····> Anthony Chen | Wet Season | Singapore 02 times ·····> Stéphanie Chuat | My Little Sister | Switzerland 02 times ·····> Chung Mong-Hong | A Sun | Taiwan 02 times ·····> Pedro Costa | Vitalina Varela | Portugal 02 times ·····> Jon Garaño | The Endless Trench | Spain 02 times ·····> Jose Mari Goenaga | The Endless Trench | Spain

02 times ·····> Kristina Grozeva | The Father | Bulgaria 02 times ·····> Philippe Lacôte | Night of the Kings | Ivory Coast 02 times ·····> Brillante Mendoza | Mindanao | Philippines 02 times ·····> Visar Morina | Exile | Kosovo 02 times ·····> Véronique Reymond | My Little Sister | Switzerland 02 times ·····> Gianfranco Rosi | Notturno | Italy 02 times ·····> Petar Valchanov | The Father | Bulgaria 02 times ·····> Victor Vu | Dreamy Eyes | Vietnam 02 times ·····> Jasmila Žbanić | Quo Vadis, Aida? | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Note that shortlistings, nominations and the award goes however to the country itself and not to the director. But in 2014 it was announced that now also the name of the winning director is engraved next to the country in the statuette!



The Past ......................................................................................................................

For the submissions of the last years in the Best International Feature Film category, previously known as Best Foreign Language Film category, also sorted by submitting countries, equally for the shortlisted and nominated films as well as the Oscar winners of the past Academy Awards please check the following IMDb lists linked in blue below!

By Year: 2020/21 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1982 | 1981 | 1980 | 1979 | 1978 | 1977 | 1976 | 1975 | 1974 | 1973 | 1972 | 1971 | 1970 | 1969 | 1968 | 1967 | 1966 | 1965 | 1964 | 1963 | 1962 | 1961 | 1960 | 1959 | 1958 | 1957 | 1956 | 1955 - 1947

By Country: Afghanistan | Albania | Algeria | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan | Bangladesh | Belarus | Belgium | Bhutan | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Bulgaria | Burkina Faso | Cambodia | Cameroon | Canada | Chad | Chile | China | Colombia | Costa Rica | Croatia | Cuba | Czech Republic | Czechoslovakia | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Denmark | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Egypt | Estonia | Ethiopia | Fiji | Finland | France | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Greece | Greenland | Guatemala | Haiti | Honduras | Hong Kong | Hungary | Iceland | India | Indonesia | Iran | Iraq | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Ivory Coast | Japan | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Kenya | Kosovo | Kuwait | Kyrgyzstan | Laos | Latvia | Lebanon | Lesotho | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malawi | Malta | Mauritania | Malaysia | Mexico | Moldova | Mongolia | Montenegro | Morocco | Mozambique | Nepal | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Niger | Nigeria | North Macedonia | Norway | Pakistan | Palestine | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Puerto Rico | Romania | Russia | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | South Korea | Soviet Union | Spain | Sri Lanka | Sudan | Suriname | Sweden | Switzerland | Syria | Taiwan | Tajikistan | Tanzania | Thailand | Togo | Tunisia | Turkey | Uganda | Ukraine | United Kingdom | Uruguay | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Vietnam | Yemen | Yugoslavia

...................................................................................................................... This list is alphabetically sorted by the English country names!

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1. Open Door (2019)

78 min | Drama

A married Albanian mother and her pregnant sister try to find a man to play the part of the sister's husband before they meet up with their strict, traditional father.

Director: Florenc Papas | Stars: Luli Bitri, Jonida Vokshi, Gulielm Radoja, Sotiraq Bratko

Votes: 39

░░░░║► ALBANIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Albanian ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 13th submission from Albania ◾ 1st submission for Florenc Papas [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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2. Héliopolis (2020)

116 min | History, Drama

In the city of Guelma, which was once called Heliopolis in ancient times, the daily life of an Algerian family takes its usual course. But on May 8, 1945, the day the end of World War II ... See full summary »

Director: Djaffar Gacem | Stars: Souhila Mallem, Mehdi Ramdani, Cesar Duminil, Mourad Oudjit

Votes: 87

░░░░║► ALGERIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Arabic, French ╚▷ Continent: Africa

◾ 23rd submission from Algeria ◾ 1st submission for Djaffar Gacem [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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3. The Sleepwalkers (2019)

107 min | Drama

Tracking the tandem voyages of a mother and daughter into fraught emotional terrain, Argentinian director Paula Hernández examines the ways desire and expectation clash when familial pressures push women to their limits.

Director: Paula Hernández | Stars: Erica Rivas, Ornella D'Elía, Marilú Marini, Luis Ziembrowski

Votes: 492

░░░░║► ARGENTINA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 47th submission from Argentina ◾ 1st submission for Paula Hernández [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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4. Songs of Solomon (2020)

R | 103 min | Drama

From the two time academy award winning producer and writer of "Green Book" and Inspired by true events, comes a film about a childhood friendship torn apart by a horrible empire set out to... See full summary »

Director: Arman Nshanian | Stars: Samvel Tadevosian, Arman Nshanian, Sos Janibekyan, Arevik Gevorgyan

Votes: 1,082

░░░░║► ARMENIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Armenian ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 9th submission from Armenia ◾ 1st submission for Arman Nshanian [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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5. What We Wanted (2020)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama

A couple facing fertility issues finds their marriage tested on a vacation to a Sardinian resort - and the family next door only adds to the tension.

Director: Ulrike Kofler | Stars: Lavinia Wilson, Elyas M'Barek, Anna Unterberger, Lukas Spisser

Votes: 1,372

░░░░║► AUSTRIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: German ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 44th submission from Austria ◾ 1st submission for Ulrike Kofler [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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6. Sincerely Yours, Dhaka (2018)

134 min | Drama

Eleven emerging Bangladeshi filmmakers present a collection of gritty shorts centered on the capital city and the people living in its margins.

Directors: Tanvir Ahsan, Saleh Sobhan Auneem, Krishnendu Chattopadhyay, Mir Mukarram Hossain, Nuhash Humayun, Mahmudul Islam, Golam Kibria, Abdullah Al Noor, Rahat Rahman, Robiul Alam Robi, Syed Ahmed Shawki | Stars: Mostafizur Noor Imran, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Johan, Shamsi Sayeka

Votes: 543

░░░░║► BANGLADESH ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Bengali ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 16th submission from Bangladesh ◾ 1st submission for T. Ahsan [♂], Saleh Sobhan Auneem [♂], Mir Mukarram Hossain [♂], Golam Kibria [♂], Abdullah Al Noor [♂], Robiul Alam Robi [♂], Krishnendu Chattopadhyay [♂], Nuhash Humayun [♂], Mahmudul Islam [♂], Rahat Rahman [♂] and Syed Ahmed Shawki [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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7. Persian Lessons (2020)

127 min | Drama

A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lars Eidinger, Jonas Nay, David Schütter

Votes: 1,903

░░░░║► BELARUS ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: German, French, Persian, Italian ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 5th submission from Belarus ◾ 1st submission for Vadim Perelman [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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8. Working Girls (2020)

91 min | Drama

Everyday, three sex workers cross the border from France into Belgium to practice their trade. At the end of one particularly hot summer, all three share a secret that will bind them together forever.

Directors: Frédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich | Stars: Sara Forestier, Noémie Lvovsky, Annabelle Lengronne, Nicolas Cazalé

Votes: 537

░░░░║► BELGIUM ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: French ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 45th submission from Belgium ◾ 1st submission for Frédéric Fonteyne [♂] and Anne Paulicevich [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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9. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019)

110 min | Drama, Family

An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia.

Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji | Stars: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam

Votes: 245

░░░░║► BHUTAN ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Dzongkha ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 2nd submission from Bhutan ◾ 1st submission for Pawo Choyning Dorji [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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10. Chaco (2020)

80 min | Drama, War

In 1934, Bolivia is at war with Paraguay. Liborio and Ticona and other Bolivian indigenous soldiers are lost in the hell of the Chaco, under the commandment of German Captain Kundt. They're... See full summary »

Director: Diego Mondaca | Stars: Raimundo Ramos, Fabián Arenillas, Mauricio Toledo, Fausto Castellón

Votes: 64

░░░░║► BOLIVIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Aymara, Quechua, Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 12th submission from Bolivia ◾ 1st submission for Diego Mondaca [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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11. Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)

101 min | Drama, History, War

97 Metascore

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

Director: Jasmila Zbanic | Stars: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrovic

Votes: 12,343

░░░░║► BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Serbo-Croatian (Variety: Bosnian), Dutch ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 20th submission from Bosnia and Herzegovina ◾ 2nd submission for Jasmila Žbanić [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2006/79th: Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams [BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA]

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12. Babenco: Tell Me When I Die (2019)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

"I have already lived my death and now all that is left is to make a film about it." So said the filmmaker Hector Babenco to Bárbara Paz when he realized he did not have much time left. She... See full summary »

Director: Bárbara Paz | Stars: Hector Babenco, Regina Braga, Willem Dafoe, Paulo José

Votes: 390

░░░░║► BRAZIL ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Portuguese ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 50th submission from Brazil ◾ 1st submission for Bárbara Paz [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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13. The Father (2019)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Valentina. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil seeks out the help of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov

Votes: 407

░░░░║► BULGARIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Bulgarian ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 31st submission from Bulgaria ◾ 2nd submission for Kristina Grozeva [♀] and Petar Valchanov [♂]

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Other films by the same directors that have also been submitted:

● 2017/90th: Glory [BULGARIA]

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14. Fathers (II) (2020)

110 min | Drama, Family

Based on a true story, Losing one leg, a man lives on his cyclo-trisaw drives to provide for two children his wife abandons at a pagoda's corner.

Director: Huy Yaleng | Stars: Huy Yaleng, Sonyta Mean, Kong Sophy, Tep Sreypov

Votes: 6

░░░░║► CAMBODIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Khmer ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 9th submission from Cambodia ◾ 1st submission for Huy Yaleng [♂]

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Other submitted Films by this Directors: none

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15. 14 Days, 12 Nights (2019)

99 min | Drama

Isabelle and her partner adopted Clara in Vietnam, who died several years after. In order to heal her wounds, Isabelle flies to Hanoi to discover the culture of Clara and meet her biological mother, who will later become her friend.

Director: Jean-Philippe Duval | Stars: Anne Dorval, François Papineau, Leanna Chea, Ngoc Thoa

Votes: 184

░░░░║► CANADA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: French ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 46th submission from Canada (2nd choice, after disqualification of first chosen film) ◾ 1st submission for Jean-Philippe Duval [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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16. Funny Boy (2020)

109 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Explores Arjie's sexual awakening from a young boy to a teenager who falls in love with a male classmate, just as political tensions escalate between the Sinhalese and Tamils in the years leading up to the 1983 uprisings.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Agam Darshi, Ali Kazmi, Nimmi Harasgama, Seema Biswas

Votes: 729

░░░░║► CANADA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted, but disqualified and replaced (Reason: too much English dialogue)

╚▷ Language: Tamil, Sinhalese ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 46th submission from Canada (1st choice, disqualified and replaced) ◾ 3rd submission for Deepa Mehta [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2006/79th: Water [CANADA] ● 1999/72nd: Earth [INDIA]

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17. The Mole Agent (2020)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A private investigator in Chile hires someone to work as a mole at a retirement home where a client of his suspects the caretakers of elder abuse.

Director: Maite Alberdi | Stars: Sergio Chamy, Romulo Aitken, Berta Ureta, Marta Olivares

Votes: 4,276

░░░░║► CHILE ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 25th submission from Chile ◾ 1st submission for Maite Alberdi [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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18. Leap (2020)

135 min | Drama, Sport

After 12 years, the Chinese women's volleyball team again reached the Olympic final. The ups and downs of the Chinese women's volleyball team for more than three decades have slowly spread away.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Gong Li, Bo Huang, Gang Wu, Yuchang Peng

Votes: 807 | Gross: $0.08M

░░░░║► CHINA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Mandarin ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 35th submission from China ◾ 1st submission for Peter Chan [♂]

......................................................................................................................

Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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19. Forgotten We'll Be (2020)

136 min | Drama, History

The story about a Colombian writer's father. His father was an University md professor who promoted tolerance and human rights in his country. Writer exposes his feelings related to his ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Javier Cámara, Nicolás Reyes Cano, Juan Pablo Urrego, Patricia Tamayo

Votes: 83

░░░░║► COLOMBIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 29th submission from Colombia ◾ 3rd submission for Fernando Trueba [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2009/82nd: The Dancer and the Thief [SPAIN] ● 1993/66th: Belle Époque [SPAIN] ➜ won

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20. Land of Ashes (2019)

82 min | Drama

Selva (13) lives in a coastal town in the Caribbean. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, she is left to take care of her grandfather who doesn't want to live. ... See full summary »

Director: Sofía Quirós | Stars: Smashleen Gutiérrez, Humberto Samuels, Hortensia Smith, Keha Brown

Votes: 282

░░░░║► COSTA RICA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 9th submission from Costa Rica ◾ 1st submission for Sofía Quirós Ubeda [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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21. Extracurricular (2019)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The recently divorced father of a nine-year-old, furious his daughter can't spend her birthday with him, bursts into her classroom with a birthday cake and a rifle. A hostage crisis ensues,... See full summary »

Director: Ivan-Goran Vitez | Stars: Milivoj Beader, Zlatko Buric, Marko Cindric, Filip Eldan

Votes: 167

░░░░║► CROATIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Serbo-Croatian (Variety: Croatian) ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 30th submission from Croatia ◾ 1st submission for Ivan-Goran Vitez [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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22. Charlatan (2020)

118 min | Drama, History

65 Metascore

The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná

Votes: 1,194

░░░░║► CZECH REPUBLIC ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Czech ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 27th submission from Czech Republic ◾ 5th submission for Agnieszka Holland [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2017/90th: Spoor [POLAND] ● 2013/86th: Burning Bush {cinema cut} [CZECH REPUBLIC] ➜ disq/repl ● 2011/84th: In Darkness [POLAND] ➜ nom ● 1985/58th: Angry Harvest [WEST GERMANY] ➜ nom

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23. Another Round (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe

Votes: 56,822

░░░░║► DENMARK ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Danish, Swedish ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 58th submission from Denmark ◾ 3rd submission for Thomas Vinterberg [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2013/86th: The Hunt [DENMARK] ➜ nom ● 1998/71st: The Celebration [DENMARK]

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24. A State of Madness (2020)

93 min | Drama, History

A film noir evocative Caribbean drama set in 1953 in the Dominican Republic during the cruel dictatorship of Leonidas Trujillo.

Director: Leticia Tonos | Stars: Luis José Germán, Jane Santos, Pavel Marcano, Ico Abreu

Votes: 31

░░░░║► DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 13th submission from the Dominican Republic ◾ 3rd submission for Leticia Tonos [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2014/87th: Cristo Rey [DOMINICAN REPUBLIC] ● 2011/84th: Love Child[ [DOMINICAN REPUBLIC]

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25. Emptiness (2019)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

LEI and WONG clandestinely arrive to Ecuador, on their way to the port city of Guayaquil. From here LEI plans to continue her journey to New York, but CHANG, a bipolar mobster will decide ... See full summary »

Director: Paúl Venegas | Stars: Jing Fu, Lidan Zhu, Day Min Meng, Ricardo Velasteguí

Votes: 22

░░░░║► ECUADOR ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Mandarin, Spanish ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 9th submission from Ecuador ◾ 1st submission for Paúl Venegas [♂]

......................................................................................................................

Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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26. When We're Born (2019)

110 min | Drama, Musical

When we are born, we each have a life path, which is then influenced by how we are raised and the beliefs ingrained in us. The film interweaves the hopes and dreams of three characters at ... See full summary »

Director: Tamer Ezzat | Stars: Amr Abed, Ibtihal Elserety, Salma Hassan, Mohamed Hatem

Votes: 122

░░░░║► EGYPT ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Arabic ╚▷ Continent: Africa

◾ 35th submission from Egypt ◾ 1st submission for Tamer Ezzat [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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27. The Last Ones (2020)

117 min | Drama

A struggling mine owner supplies his workers with drugs so they'll forget a tough existence. Nearby a small community of reindeer breeders also struggles.This critique of capitalism unfolds against a Western like Lapland landscape.

Director: Veiko Õunpuu | Stars: Pääru Oja, Laura Birn, Tommi Korpela, Elmer Bäck

Votes: 175

░░░░║► ESTONIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Finnish ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 18th submission from Estonia ◾ 3rd submission for Veiko Õunpuu [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2013/86th: Free Range [ESTONIA] ● 2010/83rd: The Temptation of St. Tony [ESTONIA]

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28. Tove (2020)

100 min | Biography, Drama

The movie centres on the life of Tove Jansson, showing both her personal relationships, and the creation of the popular Moomin books.

Director: Zaida Bergroth | Stars: Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 861

░░░░║► FINLAND ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Swedish, Finnish, French ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 34th submission from Finland ◾ 1st submission for Zaida Bergroth [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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29. Two of Us (2019)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is put to the test when they are suddenly unable to move freely between each other's apartments.

Director: Filippo Meneghetti | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain

Votes: 1,615

░░░░║► FRANCE ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: French, German ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 65th submission from France ◾ 1st submission for Filippo Meneghetti [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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30. Beginning (I) (2020)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

81 Metascore

In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah's Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, ... See full summary »

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili | Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvili

Votes: 1,178

░░░░║► GEORGIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Georgian ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 19th submission from Georgia ◾ 1st submission for Dea Kulumbegashvili [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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31. And Tomorrow the Entire World (2020)

111 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

How far one is willing to go for the sake of one's political commitment.

Director: Julia von Heinz | Stars: Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Andreas Lust

Votes: 621

░░░░║► GERMANY ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: German ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 64th submission from Germany ◾ 1st submission for Julia von Heinz [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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32. Apples (II) (2020)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities.

Director: Christos Nikou | Stars: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis

Votes: 1,405

░░░░║► GREECE ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Greek ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 41st submission from Greece ◾ 1st submission for Christos Nikou [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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33. La Llorona (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

An aging paranoid war criminal, protected by his faithful wife, faces death while being haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic, Julio Diaz

Votes: 4,000

░░░░║► GUATEMALA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Spanish, Kaqchikel ╚▷ Continent: Americas

◾ 3rd submission from Guatemala ◾ 2nd submission for Jayro Bustamante [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2015/88th: Ixcanul [GUATEMALA]

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34. Better Days (2019)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

Director: Derek Tsang | Stars: Dongyu Zhou, Jackson Yee, Fang Yin, Ye Zhou

Votes: 4,677

░░░░║► HONG KONG ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Mandarin ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 39th submission from Hong Kong ◾ 1st submission for Derek Tsang [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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35. Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020)

95 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Márta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims they have never met before.

Director: Lili Horvát | Stars: Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 811

▒▒▒▒║► HUNGARY ◄║▒▒▒▒ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: shortlisted

╚▷ Language: Hungarian ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 56th submission from Hungary ◾ 1st submission for Lili Horvát [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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36. Agnes Joy (2019)

92 min | Drama

Rannveig is experiencing burnout in all aspects of her mundane suburban life. She's stuck with a job she hates and a marriage that is slowly dying. On top of that, she's constantly fighting... See full summary »

Director: Silja Hauksdóttir | Stars: Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir, Donna Cruz, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 168

░░░░║► ICELAND ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Icelandic ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 40th submission from Iceland ◾ 1st submission for Silja Hauksdóttir [♀]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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37. Jallikattu (2019)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery | Stars: Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Jaffer Idukki

Votes: 6,332

░░░░║► INDIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Malayalam ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 53rd submission from India ◾ 1st submission for Lijo Jose Pellissery [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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38. Impetigore (2019)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Maya with her best friend, Dini, tries to survive in a city without a family. She realized that she might inherit a property from her rich family. Maya returns to the village with Dini and unaware of the danger was waiting for her.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim

Votes: 3,547

░░░░║► INDONESIA ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Indonesian ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 22nd submission from Indonesia ◾ 1st submission for Joko Anwar [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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39. Sun Children (2020)

99 min | Drama

71 Metascore

12-year-old Ali and his three friends, together they work hard to survive and support their families. In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is entrusted to find hidden treasure underground.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Roohollah Zamani

Votes: 810

░░░░║► IRAN ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Persian ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 26th submission from Iran ◾ 6th submission for Majid Majidi [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted:

● 2015/88th: Muhammad: The Messenger of God [IRAN] ● 2008/81st: The Song of Sparrows [IRAN] ● 2001/74th: Baran [IRAN] ● 1999/72nd: The Color of Paradise [IRAN] ● 1998/71st: Children of Heaven [IRAN] ➜ nom

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40. Monster (2019)

86 min | Drama

Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Sullivan | Stars: Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney, Eoin O'Dubhghaill

Votes: 115

░░░░║► IRELAND ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Irish ╚▷ Continent: Europe

◾ 7th submission from Ireland ◾ 1st submission for Tom Sullivan [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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41. Asia (2020)

85 min | Drama

Asia's motherhood has always been an ongoing struggle rather than an obvious instinct. Becoming a mother at a very early age has shaped Asia's relationship with her teenage daughter Vika. ... See full summary »

Director: Ruthy Pribar | Stars: Alena Yiv, Shira Haas, Tamir Mula, Gera Sandler

Votes: 239

░░░░║► ISREAL ◄║░░░░ ......................................................................................................................

STATUS: submitted

╚▷ Language: Hebrew, Russian ╚▷ Continent: Asia

◾ 54th submission from Israel ◾ 1st submission for Ruthy Pribar [♂]

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Other films by the same director that have also been submitted: none

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42. Notturno (2020)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary