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85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars

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Yesterday afternoon, the long list of countries submitting films for contention in Best Foreign Language Feature at the Oscars was revealed. With 85 movies in play, this is a record breaking group. Honestly, from what I could see, only three snubs seemed to be here, which was Belgium not choosing The Unknown Girl, Korea not choosing The Handmaiden, and Romania not choosing Graduation. Aside from those, all of the expected suspects are here for consideration. That gives us the first bit of information in trying to narrow down what will be nominated. My predictions will have to be updated (look for that either at the end of this week or next week), but that will be taken care of. For now, we just know the players.

What you’ll see below are more contenders than ever before. Among the higher profile titles are Canada’s It’s Only the End of the World from Xavier Dolan, Chile’s Neruda from Pablo Larraín, France’s Elle from Paul Verhoeven, Germany’s Toni Erdmann from Maren Ade, Iran’s The Salesman from Asghar Farhadi, Mexico’s Desierto from Jonás Cuarón, Palestine’s The Idol from Hany Abu-Assad, and Spain’s Julieta from Pedro Almodóvar. Now, I’m not saying that these eight are the top players for Oscar nominations, but at least one or two will surely wind up in the final five. They just have most of the buzz at the moment, for what that’s worth.

Here are all 85 titles in contention for a potential nomination at the Academy Awards:

Albania – Chromium (Bujar Alimani)

Algeria – The Well (Lotfi Bouchouchi)

Argentina – The Distinguished Citizen (Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat)

Australia – Tanna (Martin Butler and Bentley Dean)

Austria – Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Maria Schrader)

Bangladesh – The Unnamed (Tauquir Ahmed)

Belgium – The Ardennes (Robin Pront)

Bolivia – Sealed Cargo (Julia Vargas Weise)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanovic)

Brazil – Little Secret (David Schurmann)

Bulgaria – Losers (Ivaylo Hristov)

Cambodia – Before the Fall (Ian White)

Canada – It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan)

Chile – Neruda (Pablo Larraín)

China – Xuan Zang (Huo Jianqi)

Colombia – Alias Maria (José Luis Rugeles)

Costa Rica – About Us (Hernán Jiménez)

Croatia – On the Other Side (Zrinko Ogresta)

Cuba – The Companion (Pavel Giroud)

Czech Republic – Lost in Munich (Petr Zelenka)

Denmark – Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet)

Dominican Republic – Sugar Fields (Fernando Báez)

Ecuador – Such Is Life in the Tropics (Sebastián Cordero)

Egypt – Clash (Mohamed Diab)

Estonia – Mother (Kadri Kõusaar)

Finland – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen)

France – Elle (Paul Verhoeven)

Georgia – House of Others (Rusudan Glurjidze)

Germany – Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

Greece – Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari)

Hong Kong – Port of Call (Philip Yung)

Hungary – Kills on Wheels (Attila Till)

Iceland – Sparrows (Rúnar Rúnarsson)

India – Interrogation (Vetri Maaran)

Indonesia – Letters from Prague (Angga Dwimas Sasongko)

Iran – The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)

Iraq – El Clásico (Halkawt Mustafa)

Israel – Sand Storm (Elite Zexer)

Italy – Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)

Japan – Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Yoji Yamada)

Jordan – 3000 Nights (Mai Masri)

Kazakhstan – Amanat (Satybaldy Narymbetov)

Kosovo – Home Sweet Home (Faton Bajraktari)

Kyrgyzstan – A Father’s Will (Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu)

Latvia – Dawn (Laila Pakalnina)

Lebanon – Very Big Shot (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya)

Lithuania – Seneca’s Day (Kristijonas Vildziunas)

Luxembourg – Voices from Chernobyl (Pol Cruchten)

Macedonia – The Liberation of Skopje (Rade Šerbedžija and Danilo Šerbedžija)

Malaysia – Beautiful Pain (Tunku Mona Riza)

Mexico – Desierto (Jonás Cuarón)

Montenegro – The Black Pin (Ivan Marinović)

Morocco – A Mile in My Shoes (Said Khallaf)

Nepal – The Black Hen (Min Bahadur Bham)

Netherlands – Tonio (Paula van der Oest)

New Zealand – A Flickering Truth (Pietra Brettkelly)

Norway – The King’s Choice (Erik Poppe)

Pakistan – Mah-e-Mir (Anjum Shahzad)

Palestine – The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad)

Panama – Salsipuedes (Ricardo Aguilar Navarro and Manolito Rodríguez)

Peru – Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Juan Daniel F. Molero)

Philippines – Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Ma Mendoza)

Poland – Afterimage (Andrzej Wajda)

Portugal – Letters from War (Ivo M. Ferreira)

Romania – Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)

Russia – Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)

Saudi Arabia – Barakah Meets Barakah (Mahmoud Sabbagh)

Serbia – Train Driver’s Diary (Milos Radovic)

Singapore – Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)

Slovakia – Eva Nová (Marko Skop)

Slovenia – Houston, We Have a Problem! (Žiga Virc)

South Africa – Call Me Thief (Daryne Joshua)

South Korea – The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)

Spain – Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)

Sweden – A Man Called Ove (Hannes Holm)

Switzerland – My Life as a Zucchini (Claude Barras)

Taiwan – Hang in There, Kids! (Laha Mebow)

Thailand – Karma (Kanittha Kwunyoo)

Turkey – Cold of Kalandar (Mustafa Kara)

Ukraine – Ukrainian Sheriffs (Roman Bondarchuk)

United Kingdom – Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)

Uruguay – Breadcrumbs (Manane Rodríguez)

Venezuela – From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas)

Vietnam – Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (Victor Vu)

Yemen – I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced (Khadija Al-Salami)

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Stay tuned to see which finalists emerge from this list!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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