2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
(UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 6, 2014)
Official submissions have already begun to be announced. The Cannes winner “Winter Sleep” is the frontrunner on paper but more than two dozen countries still need to submit. We could have things like “Mommy” or even last year’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” factor in.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Winter Sleep TURKEY
"Kis uykusu" - Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities...
2. Ida POLAND
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
3. Beloved Sisters GERMANY
"Die geliebten Schwestern" - A romantic drama centered on the love triangle between rising poet Friedrich Schiller and two aristocratic sisters.
4. The Liberator Venezuela
"Libertador" - Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
5. The Japanese Dog ROMANIA
"Câinele Japonez" - The Japanese Dog is a sensitive film about family reconciliation. Veteran actor Victor Rebengiuc plays a taciturn farmer recovering from the death of his wife in a devastated flood. Having also lost his house, Costache spends his days trying to fix up his new home and generally avoiding his neighbors. The old man turns out to have a son who lives in Japan and whom he hasn’t told anything about his mother’s death.
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6. White God HUNGARY
"Fehér isten" - 13 year-old Lili fights to protect her pet Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing that love can win over any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
7. Never Die Young Luxembourg
Guido Peters is born in Petange the 7th of december1959. At the age of 12 he was sent in a boarding school in Arlon. Three years long, years that seemed an eternity. As he returns to Petange, he starts behaving differently. By the age of 15, he is taking drugs and becomes dependent to them. In order to keep up with his own needs, he is selling heroine and finally gets in trouble with the police. At the age of 20, he gets involved in a tragic story .... Wanting to flee away from the police station he was arrested in, Guido jumps over an 8 meters tall wall. He escapes the death but remains crippled for his whole life. But his drugs consumption goes on. In the rehabilitation center, even sitting in a wheelchair, he succeeds taking drugs. Untill the day he touches ground and tries to commit suicide. Once again, he escapes the death. He suddenly decides to stop taking drugs and with a strong will, forces himself to get rid of this poison. Now Guido is 50, life goes on and he seems to be peaceful.
8. Cowboys CROATIA
"Kauboji" - The film Cowboys is a comedy based on a Croatian hit theater play. It is a story of eight outsiders who trying to create a theater play while breaking every rule of theater craft. Genre-wise Cowboys are between social drama and comedy which with emphasis on clear stories and functionally profiled characters. The story takes place in a little industrial town, small and claustrophobic enough to make life in it impossible, and yet big and diverse enough to make the story and the characters convincing. SOMETIME LIFE CAN BE BORING, BUT WESTERN NEVER!
9. The Dark Valley AUSTRIA
"Das finstere Tal" - Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alpes. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.
10. See You in Montevideo Serbia
"Montevideo, vidimo se!" - A football team from Belgrade, former Republic of Yugoslavia gets a chance to go to the First World Football Championship, but things get complicated along the way.
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 1001 Grams – NORWAY
12 Tangerines - ESTONIA
13 The Light Only Shines There – JAPAN
14 Jhola - NEPAL
15 Force Majeure – SWEDEN
16 Concrete Night – FINLAND
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