2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
(UPDATED: OCTOBER 13, 2014)
We have the official list of 83 countries, a new record. They will narrow this down to 9 films so we will sit tight until then. I think we have frontrunners in the top five but this could be just about anything with this branch.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Leviathan RUSSIA
2. 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...
3. Mommy Canada
The film stars Anne Dorval as Diane Després, a widowed mother who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled, sometimes violent son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) as a single parent. Després then begins to receive assistance and support from her mysterious new neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément).
4. Two Days, One Night BELGIUM
In Seraing, an industrial town of Liège in Belgium, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is a young wife and mother, who works in a small solar-panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. During her absence, her colleagues realize they are able to cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and the management proposes a €1,000 bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. Sandra later returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, and she must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus. However, most of the co-workers need the proposed bonus for their own families and Sandra faces an uphill battle to keep her job before the crucial vote on Monday morning.
5. 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.
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. Wild Tales ARGENTINA
A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
7. 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.
8. Beloved Sisters GERMANY
A romantic drama centered on the love triangle between rising poet Friedrich Schiller and two aristocratic sisters.
9. Timbuktu Mauritania
A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.
10. 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.
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 The Liberator – VENEZUELA
12 The Japanese Dog – ROMANIA
13 Living is Easy with Eyes Closed – SPAIN
14 Dukhtar – PAKISTAN
15 Force Majeure – SWEDEN
16 Concrete Night – FINLAND
17 1001 Grams – NORWAY
18 Tangerines - ESTONIA
19 The Way He Looks – BRAZIL
20 Invasion – PANAMA
21 A Few Cubic Meters of Love – AFGHANISTAN
22 Jhola - NEPAL
23 To Kill a Man – CHILE
24 The Guide – UKRAINE
25 The Gambler – LITHUANIA
26 Mateo – COLOMBIA
27 Rocks In My Pocket – LATVIA
28 Olvidados – BOLIVIA
29 The Boys from Marx and Engels Street – MONTENEGRO
30 The Golden Era – HONG KONG
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