OSCAR 2021 - INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM (by João Pitta)

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1. 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: 40

ÁFRICA DO SUL

2. 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: 41

ALBANIA

3. Scales (2019)

74 min | Drama, Mystery

Set in a dystopian landscape, SCALES is the story of a young strong-willed girl, Hayat, who lives in a poor fishing village governed by a dark tradition in which every family must give one ... See full summary »

Director: Shahad Ameen | Stars: Basima Hajjar, Yagoub Alfarhan, Abdulaziz Shtian, Ibrahim Al-Hasawi

Votes: 232

ARÁBIA SAUDITA

4. And Tomorrow the Entire World (2020)

TV-MA | 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: 1,061

ALEMANHA

5. 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: 546

ARGENTINA

6. 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: 1,088

ARMÊNIA

7. 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: 1,432

ÁUSTRIA *

8. 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: 549

BANGLADESH

9. 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: 555

BÉLGICA *

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: 73

BOLÍVIA

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: 14,894

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

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: 410

BRASIL *

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: 435

BULGÁRIA

14. The Fisherman's Diary (2020)

TV-MA | 143 min | Drama

Ekah is determined to go to school in a village of fishermen where a girl child's education is considered a taboo. Her drive to break this old adage gets her embroiled with her father, Solomon's past.

Director: Enah Johnscott | Stars: Kang Quintus, Faith Fidel, Cosson Chinopoh, Ramsey Nouah

Votes: 360

CAMARÕES

15. 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: 7

CAMBOJA

16. 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, Leanna Chea, François Papineau, Ngoc Thoa

Votes: 193

CANADÁ *

17. The Crying Steppe (2021)

108 min | Drama

70% of indigenous population of Kazakhstan died during the Great Famine, artificially imposed on people in the 1920s by the Bolsheviks. Overcoming blind fear of death and despair, an eagle hunter Turar tries to save his family.

Director: Marina Kunarova | Stars: Sayazhan Kulymbetova, Akylkhan Almassov, Dulyga Akmolda, Sergey Ufimtzev

Votes: 294

CAZAQUISTÃO

18. 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, Marta Olivares, Berta Ureta

Votes: 6,170

CHILE *

19. 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: 836 | Gross: $0.08M

CHINA

20. 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: 135

COLÔMBIA

21. 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: 2,196

CORÉIA DO SUL *

22. 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: 1,125

COSTA DO MARFIM

23. 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: 288

COSTA RICA *

24. Extracurricular (2020)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

A model high school student who's steeped in a world of serious crime finds his double life upended when a classmate takes an interest in his secret.

Stars: Kim Dong-Hee, Park Joo-Hyun, Da-bin Jung, Nam Yoon-Su

Votes: 3,149

CROÁCIA

26. Another Round (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.

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

Votes: 72,598

DINAMARCA *

27. 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: 124

EGITO

28. 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: 24

EQUADOR

29. 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: 103

ESLOVÁQUIA

30. 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: 389

ESLOVÊNIA

31. 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: 5,143

ESPANHA *

32. 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: 190

ESTÔNIA

33. Mindanao (2019)

124 min | Drama

Mindanao tells the story of Muslim woman Saima Datupalo (Judy Ann Santos). While taking care of her cancer-stricken daughter named Aisa Datupalo (Yuna Tangog) in a temporary home for ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Judy Ann Santos, Allen Dizon, Yuna Tangog, Nezzar Pitt

Votes: 63

FILIPINAS

34. 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: 940

FINLÂNDIA

35. 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: 1,715

FRANÇA *

36. 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: 1,255

GEORGIA *

37. Apples (II) (2020)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

79 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: 1,526

GRÉCIA *

38. 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: 4,263

GUATEMALA *

39. Days of Light (2019)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

A solar storm hits Central America. Its inhabitants must face life disconnected from technology. Fear, friendship and love emerge as they come together with others, while the skies are lit by lights never seen before.

Directors: Gloria Carrión Fonseca, Julio López Fernández, Enrique Medrano, Mauro Borges Mora, Enrique Pérez Him, Sergio Ramírez | Stars: Agustín Acevedo, Adela Aguero, Mauricio Aguilar, Alondra Altamirano

Votes: 15

HONDURAS

40. 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: 6,056

HONG KONG

41. 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: 935

HUNGRIA

42. 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: 6,533

ÍNDIA *

43. 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: 3,722

INDONÉSIA *

44. 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: 986

IRAN *

45. 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: 118

IRLANDA

46. Agnes Joy (2019)

92 min | Drama

6.3