2021 Oscar Predictions: Best International Feature

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1. 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: 56,784

2. 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

3. Collective (2019)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Director: Alexander Nanau | Stars: Liviu Iolu, Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Camelia Roiu

Votes: 6,038

4. True Mothers (2020)

140 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Reo Sato

Votes: 540

5. The Man Standing Next (2020)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the 1970s Korea is under the absolute control of the president Park who controls the KCIA the organization with the edge over any branch of government.

Director: Min-ho Woo | Stars: Lee Byung-Hun, Sung-min Lee, Do-won Kwak, Hee-joon Lee

Votes: 2,125

6. Night of the Kings (2020)

R | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new "Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners.

Director: Philippe Lacôte | Stars: Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu, Jean Cyrille Digbeu, Rasmané Ouédraogo

Votes: 961

7. 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: 1,614

8. 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: 12,335

9. 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: 3,998

10. Running to the Sky (2019)

88 min | Drama

Twelve-year-old Jekshen is an exceptional runner. Lonely Jekshen only has his girlfriend from school and his father's friends for support. They encourage him to take part in a big race that could change his life for the better.

Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov | Stars: Temirlan Asankadyrov, Ruslan Orozakunov, Meerim Atantaeva, Ilim Kalmuratov

Votes: 48

11. Notturno (2020)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Gianfranco Rosi's new documentary is an immersive portrait of those trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Votes: 657

12. 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

13. Stories from the Chestnut Woods (2019)

81 min | Drama

In a decaying forest on the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, a stingy, old carpenter and a lonely, young chestnut seller share imaginative memories of the past as ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Bozic | Stars: Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roscic, Giusi Merli, Tomi Janezic

Votes: 383

14. 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

15. Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Villagers in the Venezuelan community of Lake Maracaibo fight against pollution, corruption and neglect to keep homes and way of life.

Director: Anabel Rodriguez Rios

Votes: 279

16. 2000 Songs of Farida (2020)

110 min | Drama

Kamil's peaceful life with his three wives in the remote region of Turkestan is disrupted when a fourth wife arrives. Changes simultaneously rush at a family that seem far from a historical... See full summary »

Director: Yalkin Tuychiev | Stars: Bahrom Matchanov, Marjona Uljayeva, Ilmira Rahimjanova, Yulduz Rajabova

Votes: 10

17. Alelí (2019)

TV-MA | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

The death of their father causes three dysfunctional siblings to fight over their beloved childhood home.

Director: Leticia Jorge | Stars: Néstor Guzzini, Mirella Pascual, Cristina Morán, Romina Peluffo

Votes: 320

18. Dear Comrades (2020)

121 min | Drama, History

82 Metascore

When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrey Gusev, Yuliya Burova

Votes: 2,041

19. The Auschwitz Report (2021)

94 min | Drama, History

This is the true story of Freddy and Walter - two young Slovak Jews, who were deported to Auschwitz in 1942. On 10 April 1944, after meticulous planning and with the help and the resilience... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bebjak | Stars: Noel Czuczor, Peter Ondrejicka, John Hannah, Wojciech Mecwaldowski

Votes: 64

20. 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

21. 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

22. The Endless Trench (2019)

TV-MA | 147 min | Action, Drama, History

1936. A country taken by the fascism. A husband marked for the killing. A wife determined to all for saving him. An endless incarceration in his own home.

Directors: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Belén Cuesta, Vicente Vergara, José Manuel Poga

Votes: 5,072

23. 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

24. Charter (2020)

94 min | Drama

After a divorce, Alice hasn't seen her children in two months as she awaits a custody verdict. When her son calls her in the middle of the night, Alice takes action, abducting the children on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands.

Director: Amanda Kernell | Stars: Ane Dahl Torp, Sverrir Gudnason, Troy Lundkvist, Tintin Poggats Sarri

Votes: 740

25. 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: 4,265

26. Atlantis (2019)

106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

85 Metascore

A soldier suffering from PTSD befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a war-torn society.

Director: Valentyn Vasyanovych | Stars: Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka, Vasyl Antoniak, Lily Hyde

Votes: 1,130

27. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019)

TV-14 | 132 min | Drama

A story of love between a mentally-ill father who was wrongly accused of murder and his lovely six year old daughter. Prison will be their home. Based on the 2013 Korean movie Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013).

Director: Mehmet Ada Öztekin | Stars: Aras Bulut Iynemli, Nisa Sofiya Aksongur, Deniz Baysal, Celile Toyon Uysal

Votes: 37,319

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. Never Gonna Snow Again (2020)

Unrated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

Zhenia, a Russian-speaking immigrant from the East works as a masseur in Poland and becomes a guru-like figure in a wealthy gated community of his clients.

Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert | Stars: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati

Votes: 702

32. 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

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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: 4,672

39. 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

40. I'm No Longer Here (2019)

TV-MA | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In Monterrey, Mexico, a young street gang spends their days dancing to slowed-down cumbia and attending parties. After a mix-up with a local cartel, their leader is forced to migrate to the U.S. but quickly longs to return home.

Director: Fernando Frias | Stars: Daniel Garcia, Xueming Angelina Chen, Sophia Metcalf, Jonathan Espinoza

Votes: 6,071

41. Buladó (2020)

87 min | Drama

As the different mentalities of rational father Ouira and spiritual grandfather Weljo start to clash, eleven-year-old Kenza is determined to find her own path into adult life. A magical-realism film placed on a junkyard in Curaçao.

Director: Eché Janga | Stars: Tiara Richards, Felix de Rooy, Everon Jackson Hooi, Vanessa Abad

Votes: 794

42. Hope (2019)

130 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.

Director: Maria Sødahl | Stars: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne, Alfred Vatne

Votes: 912

43. Song Without a Name (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Georgina's newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.

Director: Melina León | Stars: Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Ruth Armas

Votes: 701

44. Toorbos (2019)

120 min | Drama

"Toorbos" explores the uprooting of a young forest woman and her community during the time of the last forest inhabitants of South Africa's Knysna forest of the 1930's.

Director: Rene van Rooyen | Stars: Elani Dekker, Stiaan Smith, Ira Blanckenberg, Clare Marshall

Votes: 39

45. The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)

104 min | Drama

67 Metascore

His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam, a Syrian refugee, will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin.

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania | Stars: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 472

46. Happy Old Year (2019)

113 min | Drama, Romance