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Oscars 2021: Best International Feature


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The eligible films:

  • Albania, “Open Door”
  • Argentina, “The Sleepwalkers”
  • Armenia, “Songs of Solomon”
  • Austria, “What We Wanted”
  • Bangladesh, “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka”
  • Belgium, “Working Girls”
  • Bolivia, “Chaco”
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
  • Brazil, “Babenco – Tell Me When I Die”
  • Bulgaria, “The Father”
  • Cambodia, “Fathers”
  • Cameroon, “The Fisherman’s Diary”
  • Canada, “14 Days, 12 Nights”
  • Chile, “The Mole Agent”
  • China, “Leap”
  • Colombia, “El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father)”
  • Costa Rica, “Land of Ashes”
  • Croatia, “Extracurricular”
  • Cuba, “Buscando a Casal”
  • Czech Republic, “Charlatan”
  • Denmark, “Another Round”
  • Dominican Republic, “A State of Madness”
  • Ecuador, “Emptiness”
  • Egypt, “When We’re Born”
  • Estonia, “The Last Ones”
  • Finland, “Tove”
  • France, “Two of Us”
  • Georgia, “Beginning”
  • Germany, “And Tomorrow the Entire World”
  • Greece, “Apples”
  • Guatemala, “La Llorona”
  • Honduras, “Days of Light”
  • Hong Kong, “Better Days”
  • Hungary, “Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”
  • Iceland, “Agnes Joy”
  • India, “Jallikattu”
  • Indonesia, “Impetigore”
  • Iran, “Sun Children”
  • Ireland, “Arracht”
  • Israel, “Asia”
  • Italy, “Notturno”
  • Ivory Coast, “Night of the Kings”
  • Japan, “True Mothers”
  • Jordan, “200 Meters”
  • Kazakhstan, “The Crying Steppe”
  • Kenya, “The Letter”
  • Kosovo, “Exile”
  • Kyrgyzstan, “Running to the Sky”
  • Latvia, “Blizzard of Souls”
  • Lebanon, “Broken Keys”
  • Lesotho, “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”
  • Lithuania, “Nova Lituania”
  • Luxembourg, “River Tales”
  • Malaysia, “Roh”
  • Mexico, “I’m No Longer Here”
  • Mongolia, “Veins of the World”
  • Montenegro, “Breasts”
  • Morocco, “The Unknown Saint”
  • Netherlands, “Buladó”
  • Nigeria, “The Milkmaid”
  • North Macedonia, “Willow”
  • Norway, “Hope”
  • Pakistan, “Circus of Life”
  • Palestine, “Gaza Mon Amour”
  • Panama, “Operation Just Cause”
  • Paraguay, “Killing the Dead”
  • Peru, “Song without a Name”
  • Philippines, “Mindanao”
  • Poland, “Never Gonna Snow Again”
  • Portugal, “Vitalina Varela”
  • Romania, “Collective”
  • Russia, “Dear Comrades!”
  • Saudi Arabia, “Scales”
  • Senegal, “Nafi’s Father”
  • Serbia, “Dara of Jasenovac”
  • Singapore, “Wet Season”
  • Slovakia, “The Auschwitz Report”
  • Slovenia, “Stories from the Chestnut Woods”
  • South Africa, “Toorbos”
  • South Korea, “The Man Standing Next”
  • Spain, “The Endless Trench”
  • Sudan, “You Will Die at Twenty”
  • Suriname, “Wiren”
  • Sweden, “Charter”
  • Switzerland, “My Little Sister”
  • Taiwan, “A Sun”
  • Thailand, “Happy Old Year”
  • Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”
  • Turkey, “Miracle in Cell No. 7”
  • Ukraine, “Atlantis”
  • Uruguay, “Aleli”
  • Venezuela, “Once upon a Time in Venezuela”
  • Vietnam, “Dreamy Eyes”

There are 93 contenders this year, which ties last year's record.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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The shortlist, with the ones I have seen in bold:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
  • Chile, “The Mole Agent”
  • Czech Republic, “Charlatan”
  • Denmark, “Another Round”
  • France, “Two of Us”
  • Guatemala, “La Llorona”
  • Hong Kong, “Better Days”
  • Iran, “Sun Children”
  • Ivory Coast, “Night of the Kings”
  • Mexico, “I’m No Longer Here”
  • Norway, “Hope”
  • Romania, “Collective”
  • Russia, “Dear Comrades!”
  • Taiwan, “A Sun”
  • Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award nominees in this category:

  • Bacurau
  • The Eight Hundred
  • I'm No Longer Here
  • Jallikattu
  • The Life Ahead

I'm No Longer Here is the only nominee that is also on the Oscar shortlist.

The winner will be announced April 16.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Note: there is absolutely no overlap between the Oscar nominees and the Motion Picture Sound Editors nominees (which is the only guild I'm aware of that has nominated anyone in this category).

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 4/2/2021 at 9:05 AM, Andrew said:

Hey, does anyone know how to score access to The Man Who Sold His Skin?  I like to be a completist in watching Oscar-nominated international features, and this is the only one I'm not finding a way to watch.

I have no idea how to see this one either. 

I also have no idea how to see PinocchioBetter Days or The Mole Agent.

(Pinocchio was available as part of an Italian film festival in Vancouver a few months ago, but I missed it. And I know that The Mole Agent is on some website somewhere, but it doesn't stream outside the US. I can find no mention of Better Days or The Man Who Sold His Skin in any of the press releases I've received.)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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  • 2 weeks later...
On 3/2/2021 at 9:42 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award nominees in this category:

  • Bacurau
  • The Eight Hundred
  • I'm No Longer Here
  • Jallikattu
  • The Life Ahead

I'm No Longer Here is the only nominee that is also on the Oscar shortlist.

The winner will be announced April 16.

And the winner is... The Eight Hundred, which never even made the Oscar shortlist!

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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On 4/4/2021 at 7:25 AM, Andrew said:

Better Days recently became available to rent thru streaming services in the US.  No such luck with The Man Who Sold His Skin, alas.

Hey Andrew, just wondering if you were able to find The Man Who Sold His Skin in the end? A friend here in Canada tipped me off to the fact that it's rentable from iTunes here, though it doesn't seem to be available on any of the other streaming services. Maybe it's available in the US, too...?

Better Days, thankfully, is now available on Google Play here.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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