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Palm Springs FF Continues with the Oscar Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film

Photo of Carlos Aguilar By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz January 9, 2014 at 11:30AM

As this year's Academy Awards nominations approach, and after the shocking selection included in the Academy's shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, audiences will get the opportunity to see some of the films that were dismissed but which are absolutely deserving of attention.
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As this year's Academy Awards nominations approach, and after the shocking selection of films conforming the Academy's shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, audiences will get the opportunity to see some of the films that were dismissed but which are absolutely deserving of attention. Rather than including all of the 76 Submissions the Palm Spring Film Festival decided to shorten their program to 45 of what they considered the best representation of the extensive amount of films.

Included in the program are all of the 9 shortlisted films, all the other major omissions, and many more obscure titles that showcase some of the most interesting voices in World Cinema today. Most of these films have been awarded prizes and received praise at major festivals from Sundance to Cannes and Toronto, and will give the viewer a broader view of the category beyond the assumed frontrunners.

Below is a list with more information on each of the films that will be screening at Palm Springs with reviews and interviews with the filmmakers for the majority of them. Read more about the complete list of 76 Foreign Language Oscar Submissions visit HERE

For more information on the Palm Springs International Film Festival visit HERE


ARGENTINA

The German Doctor (Wakolda)
Dir:  Lucia Puenzo
Language: Spanish, German, Hebrew
U.S Release: Samuel Goldwyn Films
ISA: Pyramide
Festivals: Cannes 2013 Un Certain Regard
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

Case Study by Sydney Levine

AUSTRALIA 

The Rocket
Dir: Kim Mordaunt
Language: Lao
U.S Release: Kino Lorber
ISA: Level K
Festivals: Berlin 2013: Best First Feature Film ,Tribeca 2013: World Narrative Competition
TRAILER 

AUSTRIA

The Wall
Dir: Julian Polsler
Language: German
U.S Release: Music Box Films - May 31, 2013
ISA: The Match Factory
Festivals: Sitges FF 2012 Official Fantastic, Mumbai FF 2012 Int'l Competition
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar


BELGIUM

The Broken Circle Breakdown
Dir: Felix van Groeningen
Language: Flemish
U.S Release: Tribeca Film - November 1, 2013
ISA: The Match Factory
Festivals: Berlinale - EFM 2013 - Panorama
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar 

Interview by Carlos Aguilar

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Dir: Danis Tanović
Language: Bosnian, Romani
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: The Match Factory
Festivals: Berlinale Competition,EFM TIFF 2013 Contemporary World Cinema
TRAILER

CAMBODIA

The Missing Picture

Dir: Rithy Panh
Language: French
U.S Release: Acquired by Strand Releasing for U.S Distribution
Festivals: Cannes 2013 - Un Certain Regard Prix, San Sebastian 2013 Pearls
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

CANADA

Gabrielle
Dir: Louise Archambault
Language: French
U.S Release: eOne
ISA: eOne
Festivals: Toronto- TIFF 2013, Locarno International Film Festival 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar 

Interview by Carlos Aguilar


CHILE 

Gloria
Dir: Sebastian Lelio
Language: Spanish
U.S Release: Roadside Attractions
ISA: Funny Balloons
Festivals: Berlin EFM 2013, Toronto - TIFF 2013
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

Interview by Sydney Levine

CHINA

Back to 1942
Dir: Feng Xiaogang
Language: Mandarin, English
U.S Release: Well Go USA - May 14, 2013
ISA: Huayi Brothers
Festivals: Rome Film Festival 2012, Dubai International Film Festival 2012
TRAILER 


CROATIA

Halima's Path

Dir: Arsen Anton Ostojić
Language: Bosnian
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Berlin EFM 2013, Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2012 - EurAsia (Special Jury Prize)
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar


DENMARK 

The Hunt
Dir: Thomas Vinterberg
Language: Danish
U.S Release: Magnolia Pictures - July 12, 2013
ISA: TrustNordisk
Festivals: Cannes 2012 Competition, Toronto - TIFF 2012, AFI Fest 2012
TRAILER

EGYPT 

Winter of Discontent 
Dir: Ibrahim el-Batout
Language: Arabic
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Venice International Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

FINLAND 

Disciple

Dir: Ulrika Bengts
Language: Finnish
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Helsinki FF 2012, Montréal World FF 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar 

Interview by Carlos Aguilar

FRANCE 

Renoir
Dir: Gilles Bourdos
Language: French
U.S Release: Samuel Goldwyn Films - March 29, 2013
ISA: Wild Bunch
Festivals: Cannes 2012 Un Certain Regard
TRAILER

GEORGIA 

In Bloom
Dir: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
Language:  Georgian
U.S Release: Big World Pictures
ISA: Memento
Festivals: CICAE award Berlinale Forum 2013
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

GERMANY

Two Lives
Dir: Georg Maas
Language:  German
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Beta Cinema
Festivals: Berlin EFM 2013, Toronto-TIFF 2013, Busan 2013
TRAILER

HONG KONG 

The Grandmaster
Dir: Wong Kar-wai
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
U.S Release: The Weinstein Company - August 23, 2013
ISA: Fortissimo  
Festivals: Berlinale -EFM 2013
TRAILER


HUNGARY

The Notebook
Dir: Janosz Szasz
Language:  Hungarian
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: TIFF 2013 Contemporary World Cinema
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

ICELAND

Of Horses and Men

Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson
Language: Icelandic
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Icelandic Film Centre
Festivals: Berlin EFM 2013, Sundance 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar


INDIA

The Good Road

Dir: Gyan Correa
Language: Gujarati
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: National Film Board of India
Festivals: London Indian Film Festival in 2013
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

IRAN

The Past

Dir: Asghar Farhadi
Language: French, Persian
U.S Release: Sony Pictures Classics - December 20, 2013
ISA:  Memento
Festivals:Cannes 2013 Competition-Won Best Actress, Toronto - TIFF 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar 

Interview by Carlos Aguilar

ISRAEL

Bethlehem

Dir: Yuval Adler
Language: Hebrew
U.S Release: Adopt 
ISA: Westend 
Festivals: Toronto - TIFF 2013 Discovery, Telluride Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival
TRAILER

ITALY

The Great Beauty
Dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Language: Italian
U.S Release: AJanus Films
ISA: Pathe
Festivals: Cannes 2013 Competition, Berlin EFM 2013,
TRAILER 

Interview by Sydney Levine

JAPAN

The Great Passage
Dir: Yuya Ishii
Language: Japanese
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Shochiku
Festivals: Fantasia FF 2013 Official Selection
TRAILER

KAZAKHSTAN

Shal (The Old Man)

Dir: Yermek Tursunov 
Language: Russian, Kazakh
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: N/A
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

LATVIA

Mother, I Love You

Dir: Janis Nords
Language: Latvian
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: New Europe Film Sales
Festivals: Los Angeles Film Festival 2013, Berlinale Generation KPlus (Grand Prix of the International Jury for the best feature film) 
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

MEXICO

Heli

Dir: Amat Escalante
Language: Spanish
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: NDM
Festivals: Cannes 2013 Competition-Winner Best Director, San Sebastian 2013 Horizontes Latinos,
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

Interview by Carlos Aguilar


MOROCCO

Horses of God
Dir: Nabil Ayouch
Language: Arabic
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Cannes 2012, BIF London Film Festival 2012
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar 


THE NETHERLANDS

Borgman 

Dir: Alex van Warmerdam
Language: Dutch
U.S Release: Drafthouse Films
ISA: Fortissimo
Festivals: Cannes 2013 Competition, Busan 2013, Toronto-TIFF 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

NEW ZEALAND

White Lies  

Dir: Dana Rotberg
Language: Maori
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Film Sales Company
Festivals: N/A
TRAILER

NORWAY

I Am Yours

Dir: Iram Haq
Language: Norwegian, Urdu
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Toronto-TIFF 2013
TRAILER 

PALESTINE

Omar
Dir:
Hany Abu-Assad
Language: Arabic
U.S Release:
Adopt FilmsISA: The Match Factory
Festivals:
Cannes 2013 Un Certain Regard, Toronto-TIFF 2013

TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

Interview by Carlos Aguilar

PHILIPPINES

Transit

Dir: Hannah Espia
Language: Filipino, Tagalog, Hebrew
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Cinemalaya Film Festival 2013
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

POLAND

Walesa

Dir: Andrzej Wajda
Language: Polish
U.S Release: TBA

ISA: Films Boutique
Festivals: Toronto - TIFF 2013, Venice- Biennale 2013
TRAILER

ROMANIA  

Child's Pose

Dir: Calin Peter Netzer
Language: Romanian
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Beta Cinema
Festivals: Berlinale - EFM 2013 - Competition (Golden Bear for the Best Film), Toronto - TIFF 2013 Contemporary World Cinema
TRAILER

Articles by Sydney Levine, Berlin Diary #2

RUSSIA

Stalingrad

Dir: Fedor Bondarchuk
Language: Russian
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: N/A
TRAILER

SAUDI ARABIA

Wadjda

Dir: Haifaa al-Mansour
Language: Arabic
U.S Release: Sony Pictures Classics - September 13, 2013
ISA: The Match Factory  
Festivals: Cannes 2012, Venice International Film Festival 2012, Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto-TIFF 2013
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

SERBIA

Circles

Dir: Srdan Golubovic
Language: Serbian
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Memento
Festivals: Sundance 2013 World Dramatic, Berlinale - EFM 2013 Forum
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar 

Interview by Sydney Levine

SINGAPORE

Ilo Ilo
Dir: Anthony Chen
Language: Mandarin, Hokkien, English, Tagalog
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Memento
Festivals: Cannes 2013 Directors Fortnight, Toronto - TIFF 2013 Discovery
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar


SLOVENIA

Class Enemy
Dir: Rok Biček
Language: Slovene
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Toronto-TIFF 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

SOUTH KOREA

Juvenile Offender 
Dir: Kang Yi-kwan
Language: Korean
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Finecut
Festivals: Toronto - TIFF 2012 Contemporary World Cinema,
TRAILER

SPAIN

15 Years and One Day
Dir: Gracia Querejeta
Language: Spanish
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Latido
Festivals: San Sebastian 2013 Made in Spain, Berlin EFM 2013
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

Interview by Carlos Aguilar

SWITZERLAND

More Than Honey
Dir: Markus Imhoof
Language: German, Mandarin
U.S Release: TBA
ISA: Films Boutique
Festivals: Toronto - TIFF 2012 TIFF Docs, Berlin EFM 2013
TRAILER

TURKEY

The Butterfly's Dream
Dir: Yılmaz Erdoğan
Language: Turkish
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Istanbul Film Festival, Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival
TRAILER 

Review by Carlos Aguilar

UNITED KINGDOM

Metro Manila
Dir: Sean Elllis
Language: Filipino, Tagalog
U.S Release: Paladin/108 Media
ISA: 
Festivals: Sundance 2013 World Dramatic, Berlin EFM 2012, Cannes 2012, AFM 2012, Berlin EFM 2013
TRAILER 

URUGUAY

Anina
Dir: Alfredo Soderguit
Language: Spanish
U.S Release: TBA
Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
TRAILER

Review by Carlos Aguilar

This article is related to: All The Foreign Language Oscar Submissions , Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award , Best Foreign Language Film Oscar , Palm Springs Intentional Film Festival , Academy Awards, Oscar Academy Award, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), The Wall, The German Doctor , The Rocket, The Past , Bethlehem, Anina , Metro Manila, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker , The Missing Picture , The Grandmaster, The Butterfly's Dream , Circles , The Broken Circle Breakdown, More Than Honey , 15 Years and One Day , 15 Years + 1 Day, Class Enemy, Juvenile Offender , Ilo Ilo, Wadjda , Stalingrad, Child's Pose, Walesa , Transit , OMAR, I Am Yours , White Lies , Borgman, Of Horses and Men, Horses of God , Heli, Mother, I Love You , The Old Man, Shal , The Great Passage , The Good Road , The Notebook, Two Lives, In Bloom, Renoir , The Disciple , Winter of Discontent , The Hunt , Halima's Path , Gabrielle , Back to 1942, Gloria

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