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Nigeria “Misses Out” Again As 85 Countries Fight For 2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar


Despite its improving production quality levels and increasing global recognition of its films, Nigerian films have once again missed out of reckoning for the foreign language film category of the 89th Academy Awards as none of the country’s growing filmmaking industry, Nollywood has been submitted for consideration.

Of the eighty-five countries who have put in works for consideration in that category, Yemen is a first-timer of note while only 5 African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa – are currently in contention.

There will be only 5 nominees in this category which was introduced in 1956 in the build up to the 29th Academy Awards.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

See the full list of submissions below:

Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani
Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi
Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader
Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed
Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront
Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic
Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;
Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;
Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;
Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan
Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín
China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi
Colombia, “Alias Maria,” José Luis Rugeles
Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez
Croatia, “On the Other Side,” Zrinko Ogresta
Cuba, “The Companion,” Pavel Giroud
Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich,” Petr Zelenka
Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet
Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields,” Fernando Báez
Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Sebastián Cordero
Egypt, “Clash,” Mohamed Diab
Estonia, “Mother,” Kadri Kõusaar,
Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” Juho Kuosmanen
France, “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven
Georgia, “House of Others,” Rusudan Glurjidze
Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade
Greece, “Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari
Hong Kong, “Port of Call,” Philip Yung
Hungary, “Kills on Wheels,” Attila Till
Iceland, “Sparrows,” Rúnar Rúnarsson
India, “Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran
Indonesia, “Letters from Prague,” Angga Dwimas Sasongko
Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi
Iraq, “El Clásico,” Halkawt Mustafa
Israel, “Sand Storm,” Elite Zexer
Italy, “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi
Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Yoji Yamada
Jordan, “3000 Nights,” Mai Masri,
Kazakhstan, “Amanat,” Satybaldy Narymbetov
Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home,” Faton Bajraktari
Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will,” Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Latvia, “Dawn,” Laila Pakalnina
Lebanon, “Very Big Shot,” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day,” Kristijonas Vildziunas
Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl,” Pol Cruchten
Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje,” Rade Šerbedžija, Danilo Šerbedžija
Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain,” Tunku Mona Riza
Mexico, “Desierto,” Jonás Cuarón
Montenegro, “The Black Pin,” Ivan Marinović
Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes,” Said Khallaf
Nepal, “The Black Hen,” Min Bahadur Bham
Netherlands, “Tonio,” Paula van der Oest
New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth,” Pietra Brettkelly
Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe
Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir,” Anjum Shahzad
Palestine, “The Idol,” Hany Abu-Assad
Panama, “Salsipuedes,” Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez
Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel F. Molero
Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa,” Brillante Ma Mendoza
Poland, “Afterimage,” Andrzej Wajda
Portugal, “Letters from War,” Ivo M. Ferreira
Romania, “Sieranevada,” Cristi Puiu
Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky
Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah,” Mahmoud Sabbagh
Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary,” Milos Radovic
Singapore, “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng
Slovakia, “Eva Nová,” Marko Skop
Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” Žiga Virc
South Africa, “Call Me Thief,” Daryne Joshua
South Korea, “The Age of Shadows,” Kim Jee-woon
Spain, “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras
Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” Laha Mebow
Thailand, “Karma,” Kanittha Kwunyoo
Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar,” Mustafa Kara
Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs,” Roman Bondarchuk
United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow,” Babak Anvari
Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs,” Manane Rodríguez
Venezuela, “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas, director;
Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,” Victor Vu
Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced,” Khadija Al-Salami

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