Turkey submits ‘Winter Sleep’, kicks off Foreign Oscar race



The Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film kicked off today with the first public announcement of a submission. According to Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, Turkey will be represented by Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep’. It’s hardly a surprising choice (the film won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) but one can never take these things for granted. The deadline for countries to submit their films is usually around the first week of October, so you can expect a steady stream of announcements over the next two months. I’m already predicting a number of films to show up on the final longlist: Two Days, One Night (Belgium), Coming Home (China), Zero Motivation (Israel), Human Capital (Italy), Bad Hair (Venezuela). Of course, the big question of them all is whether France will go with last year’s Blue is the Warmest Color now that it’s finally eligible. We’ll find out soon enough.