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71 Countries Vie For 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar (Kenya Is A First-Timer)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 8, 2012 3:55 PM
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We've already highlighted 2 of the submissions below that fall under the African Diaspora category: Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! representing Algeria, and David Tosh Gitonga's Nairobi Half Life, representing Kenya.

Scannig the fool list of 71 titles/countries below, I can say that there'll likely be 2 or 3 other highlights, so expect more. 

The Academy will announce the final list of 5 nominated films on Thursday January 10, 2013.

The official Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday February 24, 2013.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 2012 submissions are:

Afghanistan, "The Patience Stone," Atiq Rahimi, director;

Albania, "Pharmakon," Joni Shanaj, director;

Algeria, "Zabana!" Said Ould Khelifa, director;

Argentina, "Clandestine Childhood," Benjamín Ávila, director;

Armenia, "If Only Everyone," Natalia Belyauskene, director;

Australia, "Lore," Cate Shortland, director;

Austria, "Amour," Michael Haneke, director;

Azerbaijan, "Buta," Ilgar Najaf, director;

Bangladesh, "Pleasure Boy Komola," Humayun Ahmed, director;

Belgium, "Our Children," Joachim Lafosse, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Children of Sarajevo," Aida Begic, director;

Brazil, "The Clown," Selton Mello, director;

Bulgaria, "Sneakers," Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, directors;

Cambodia, "Lost Loves," Chhay Bora, director;

Canada, "War Witch," Kim Nguyen, director;

Chile, "No," Pablo Larraín, director;

China, "Caught in the Web," Chen Kaige, director;

Colombia, "The Snitch Cartel," Carlos Moreno, director;

Croatia, "Vegetarian Cannibal," Branko Schmidt, director;

Czech Republic, "In the Shadow," David Ondrícek, director;

Denmark, "A Royal Affair," Nikolaj Arcel, director;

Dominican Republic, "Jaque Mate," José María Cabral, director;

Estonia, "Mushrooming," Toomas Hussar, director;

Finland, "Purge," Antti J. Jokinen, director;

France, "The Intouchables," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;

Georgia, "Keep Smiling," Rusudan Chkonia, director;

Germany, "Barbara," Christian Petzold, director;

Greece, "Unfair World," Filippos Tsitos, director;

Greenland, "Inuk," Mike Magidson, director;

Hong Kong, "Life without Principle," Johnnie To, director;

Hungary, "Just the Wind," Bence Fliegauf, director;

Iceland, "The Deep," Baltasar Kormákur, director;

India, "Barfi!" Anurag Basu, director;

Indonesia, "The Dancer," Ifa Isfansyah, director;

Israel, "Fill the Void," Rama Burshtein, director;

Italy, "Caesar Must Die," Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, directors;

Japan, "Our Homeland," Yang Yonghi, director;

Kazakhstan, "Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe," Akan Satayev, director;

Kenya, "Nairobi Half Life," David 'Tosh' Gitonga, director;

Kyrgyzstan, "The Empty Home," Nurbek Egen, director;

Latvia, "Gulf Stream under the Iceberg," Yevgeny Pashkevich, director;

Lithuania, "Ramin," Audrius Stonys, director;

Macedonia, "The Third Half," Darko Mitrevski, director;

Malaysia, "Bunohan," Dain Iskandar Said, director;

Mexico, "After Lucia," Michel Franco, director;

Morocco, "Death for Sale," Faouzi Bensaïdi, director;

Netherlands, "Kauwboy," Boudewijn Koole, director;

Norway, "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;

Palestine, "When I Saw You," Annemarie Jacir, director;

Peru, "The Bad Intentions," Rosario García-Montero, director;

Philippines, "Bwakaw," Jun Robles Lana, director;

Poland, "80 Million," Waldemar Krzystek, director;

Portugal, "Blood of My Blood," João Canijo, director;

Romania, "Beyond the Hills," Cristian Mungiu, director;

Russia, "White Tiger," Karen Shakhnazarov, director;

Serbia, "When Day Breaks," Goran Paskaljevic, director;

Singapore, "Already Famous," Michelle Chong, director;

Slovak Republic, "Made in Ash," Iveta Grófová, director;

Slovenia, "A Trip," Nejc Gazvoda, director;

South Africa, "Little One," Darrell James Roodt, director;

South Korea, "Pieta," Kim Ki-duk, director;

Spain, "Blancanieves," Pablo Berger, director;

Sweden, "The Hypnotist," Lasse Hallström, director;

Switzerland, "Sister," Ursula Meier, director;

Taiwan, "Touch of the Light," Chang Jung-Chi, director;

Thailand, "Headshot," Pen-ek Ratanaruang, director;

Turkey, "Where the Fire Burns," Ismail Gunes, director;

Ukraine, "The Firecrosser," Mykhailo Illienko, director;

Uruguay, "The Delay," Rodrigo Plá, director;

Venezuela, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," Hernán Jabes, director;

Vietnam, "The Scent of Burning Grass," Nguyen Huu Muoi, director.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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