The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on October 8 that a record 71 countries submitted their official entries to the foreign language film category of the 85th Oscar Awards scheduled in February next year.
From this list of 71 eligible submissions, nine finalists will be shortlisted in mid-January, 2013. The final five nominees will be announced on January 24, 2013. The 85th Oscar Awards night is scheduled for February 24.
This series had already provided capsule write-ups about the early entries in its first two installments. Here are twelve more films already submitted for consideration:
The Patience Stone, directed by Atiq Rahimi
The film focuses on a soft-spoken woman in an unnamed, war-torn Middle Eastern country as a war rages on. The woman takes care of her comatose husband and is forced to send their two children to live with their aunt. She falls into a relationship with a young soldier and begins a secret dialogue with her comatose husband to survive her ordeal.
Inuk, directed by Mike Magidson
The film tells the story of 16-year-old Inuk who is sent from his troubled home in the capital of Nuuk to a children’s home in northern Greenland where he meets Ikuma, a legendary polar bear hunter who is slowly realizing he is losing his hunting skills. He takes Inuk on his dogsled for an annual hunting trip and the most difficult part of their journey turns out to be “the one they must make within themselves”.
Kauwboy, directed by Noudemiju Koole
The film is about a precocious 10-year-old boy with a difficult home life under a volatile father and an absentee mother. He finds solace in an abandoned baby jackdaw. Through the special friendship he builds with the bird, the boy brings down the wall between him and his father.
KonTiki, directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning
The true story of Norwegian explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl who in 1974, with five other scientists, sailed across the Pacific Ocean—more than 4,000 miles from South America to the Polynesian Islands—on a wooden raft to prove ancient tribes could also have made the journey.
When I Saw You, directed by Annemarie Jacir
Set in Jordan in 1967, the film tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who runs away from a Palestinian refugee camp in his search for freedom.
The Bad Intentions, directed by Rosario Garcia-Montero
The film tells the story of an 8-year-old girl growing up in Peru in the early 80s when terrorist violence was starting to agitate the country. When told that she going to have a baby brother soon, the girl convinces herself that she will die on the same day that her brother will be born.
Bwakaw, directed by Juan Robles Lana
An octogenarian gay man feels he is growing old alone with a stray dog he took under his care. As he waits for the day of his death, he is shocked when it is his dog who gets ill and dies ahead of him. But the pet’s death makes a difference as his master finds a new appreciation for life.
80 Million, directed by Waldemar Krzystek
The film follows the cunning plan of four regional opposition activists who plot to withdraw 80 million klotys of the Solidarity movement’s funds from its bank accounts. Outwitting the regime’s spies who get wind of the plan, Solidarity’s heroes pull off the stunt, securing the money to be used later to build an underground resistance movement.
Blood of My Blood, directed by Joao Canigo
The downbeat tale of adultery, incest and drugs in a Lisbon slum.
Beyond the Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiuf
The story of two girls who are reunited after one returns home to Romania from Germany to rekindle her relationship with her childhood friend. While she has been away, her friend has found God and joined the local monastery as a novitiate.
White Tiger, directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Based on the novel Tankman by Ilya Boyashov, the film tells the story of a tank driver who is severely burned in a battle with a German tank, the White Tiger. His wounds miraculously heal and the hero, forgetting memories of his past, develops new amazing abilities—he can now talk to tanks which tell him their stories and ask for his help to fight the White Tiger.
When Day Breaks, directed by Goran Paskaljevic
A retired music professor finds out the truth about his past when a wartime metal box containing a musical score is found hear the site of a concentration camp in Belgrade.
(Continued next week)
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