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Awards Buzz: Best Foreign Language Film

Our annual gathering of films that are the official submissions for Academy Award® consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category presents a comprehensive overview of the chosen films available for viewing prior to the nomination announcements that will be made in the coming weeks. This selection is intended to provide the public as well as Academy members attending the Festival with an opportunity to view as many films as possible, in order to make their own informed decision about the relative merits of each film they see. We take pride in providing filmgoers with the opportunity to view the largest assemblage of official foreign submissions available each year.


Caribe   

Caribe
Costa Rica, 2005, 91 min.
This debut feature depicts environmental strife in the paradise-like Caribbean tropical coast of Costa Rica through the story of an altruistic ecologist who compromises his ideals.... more



The City of the Sun   

The City of the Sun
Slovak Republic, 2005, 96 min.
Working stiffs the world over will understand and commiserate with this portrayal of four friends and their get-rich-quick schemes in the Czech city of Ostrava. Like The Full Monty, it's a warmly honest story about down-on-their-luck buddies simply trying to get by. Best Film, Pilsen Film Fes... more



Days of Santiago   

Days of Santiago
Peru, 2003, 84 min.
Think Taxi Driver in Peru. A 23-year-old war veteran returns to Lima after spending six years fighting terrorists, the Peruvian drug mafia, and a nationalist war against Ecuador. Unable to smoothly transition back home, his life starts to spin out of control…... more



The Death of Mister Lazarescu   

The Death of Mister Lazarescu
Romania, 2005, 155 min.
The tragicomic late-night odyssey of 63-year-old Mr Lazarescu: on the verge of death, he is driven from one hospital to another without any result... This brilliant marvel of black humor was the revelation at Cannes, where it took top prize in the Un Certain Regard section. ... more



Fateless   

Fateless
Hungary, 2005, 141 min.
Adapted by Nobel laureate Imré Kertesz from his 1975 autobiographical novel, Fateless dares to aestheticize the concentration camp experience in a more provocative manner than -- in many critics' opinions -- Schindler's List. Cinematographer Lajos Koltai's directorial debut follows young Gyor... more



Gie   

Gie
Indonesia, 2005, 148 min.
Gie chronicles the life and times of Indonesian political activist Soe Hok Gie (1942-69) as he divides his time between intellectual endeavors, mountain climbing, and political activism in opposition to the Soekarno regime of the late-1960s. ... more



Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)   

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)
France, 2005, 111 min.
Based on the true story of how, on Christmas Eve during World War I, German, Scottish and French soldiers declared a truce for one day and shared sentiments about the meaning of the season, this life-affirming tale is both profoundly moving and, at its core, a scorching condemnation of the idiocy of... more



Kissed by Winter   

Kissed by Winter
Norway, 2005, 85 min.
Starting like a whodunit, this assured first feature deals with loss, regret and possible redemption. Victoria, a Swedish doctor working in a snowy Norwegian village, discovers that the death of a young man dredges up painful memories that she would prefer to forget.... more



The Land Has Eyes   

The Land Has Eyes
Fiji, 2005, 88 min.
The first indigenous film from Fiji, this visually lush story features a young girl who taps into the island myth of the Warrior Woman in order to redeem her family name. Brimming with ethnographic detail, it's a vibrant and uplifting tale.... more



L’Enfant   

L’Enfant
Belgium, 2005, 101 min.
Bruno is 20 and a thief. His girlfriend Sonia is 18, and has just given birth to Jimmy, their child. Ill equipped to handle this new responsibility, Bruno undertakes a horrific act, which itself begets other drastic, life-changing crises. Winner Palme d’Or (Best Film), Cannes Film Festival.... more



Lovelorn   

Lovelorn
Turkey, 2005, 139 min.
Winner - Meltem Cumbul, FIPRESCI Award, Best Actress Idealist schoolteacher Nazim retires and returns home to Istanbul, after a 15-year term in a poor, forgotten Kurdish-Alevite village in eastern Turkey. Politely ignored by his children who secretly despise him since he chose ideal... more



Mother of Mine   

Mother of Mine
Finland, 2005, 112 min.
Winner - Audience Awards, Best Narrative Feature A momentous event in Finnish history is recounted in this heart-wrenching film. During World War II, ten-year-old Eero is one of eighty thousand children sent to Sweden for their protection. Alienated from his foster family and unfamiliar wi... more



One Long Winter Without Fire   

One Long Winter Without Fire
Switzerland, 2005, 91 min.
Winner of the 2005 Swiss Film Award for best picture, this controlled, meticulously crafted film features Aurelien Recoing (star of Laurent Cantet's Time Out) and Marie Matheron as parents trying to cope with the death of their child while struggling to maintain their livelihoods as farmers i... more



Paheli   

Paheli
India, 2005, 141 min.
Drawn from a classic folk tale where a ghost falls in love with a beautiful girl and substitutes for the husband who leaves on his own wedding night, this exuberant and colorful film is set in the exotic Rajasthan of vibrant dances and camel races.... more



Paradise Now   

Paradise Now
Palestine, 2005, 91 min.
Shot in Nablus, Hany Abu-Assad's timely and shocking film looks at two Palestinian childhood friends who are recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Sworn to secrecy, the friends begin their journey across the border, but the operation doesn't go as planned... Best Director, Berlin Fil... more



Perhaps Love   

Perhaps Love
Hong Kong, 2005, 108 min.
Featuring top Asian actors such as Hong Kong's Heavenly King Jacky Cheung, South Korean Ji Jin-hee, Taiwanese-Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro and Chinese Zhou Xun, the musical Perhaps Love offers a love triangle set in Shanghai's film world, bursting with musical styles, exquisite set design and r... more



Play   

Play
Chile, 2005, 106 min.
In a contemporary city, which could be anywhere, a couple search for love but never quite seem to meet. The film's pop visual style is unique, and it succeeds in helping us search for clues in a world that denies they exist. Best New Director, Tribeca Film Festival.... more



The Promise / aka Master Of The Crimson Armor   

The Promise / aka Master Of The Crimson Armor
China, 2005, 98 min.
Chen Kaige, one of China's most acclaimed filmmakers, tries his hand at the kind of digitally-enhanced fantasy established by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). A valiant slave falls in love with a beautiful princess and epic chaos ensues.... more



Requiem of Snow   

Requiem of Snow
Iraq, 2005, 91 min.
In a village in the Kurdish area of Iraq, the inhabitants pray for rain for their land parched with drought. Longing to escape from his undesirable destiny, Rojin seeks help from a stranger… A first feature from an Iraqi Kurd living in Iran.... more



The Ruins   

The Ruins
Slovenia, 2005, 101 min.
Using a theater company's production of a play to reveal intricacies of character, The Ruins creates engrossing drama with performance, camerawork and tone. Director and master manipulator Herman tries to use his intimate knowledge of his actors and collaborators in order to insure the play'... more



Shop of Dreams   

Shop of Dreams
Estonia, 2005, 111 min.
Costume designer Alice, seamstress Ada and make-up artist Yana start a new company in Tallinn, designed to provide people with everything they need to make their dreams come true. A humorous, poignant and ultimately life-affirming film about women, love and life.... more



Shyamol Chhaya   

Shyamol Chhaya
Bangladesh, 2005, 111 min.
Here's the story of a fateful boat journey during Bangladesh's 1971 war of liberation. As the Pakistani military attacked, a group of helpless people moved towards the liberated zone. They were terribly frightened, but they had dreams of Shyamol Chhaya -- the land of peace. Will they be able to reac... more



So Close, So Far   

So Close, So Far
Iran, 2005, 116 min.
An arrogant neurologist must examine the meaning of his life when his son is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Accustomed to being in control, he tries to bend the future to his will, but a trek through the desert puts him at the mercy of nature and fate.... more



Something Like Happiness   

Something Like Happiness
Czech Republic, 2005, 103 min.
When Dasha is hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, her neighbors Monika and Tonik offer to take care of her two small boys until she recovers. Against a backdrop of crumbling buildings and dire poverty, a fragile hope blossoms in this extraordinarily tender film from the director of Wild Bees<... more



Sophie Scholl - the Final Days   

Sophie Scholl - the Final Days
Germany, 2005, 118 min.
Winner of the German audience award for best film of 2005, Marc Rothemund's beautifully acted drama tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, the young student who became the most famous martyr of the anti-Nazi White Rose resistance movement in 1943 Munich. Julia Jentsch's brilliant lead performance an... more



Stolen Eyes   

Stolen Eyes
Bulgaria, 2005, 112 min.
Stolen Eyes deals with a dark chapter in Bulgarian history, when, in 1985, the government of Todor Zhivkov decided to "Bulgarianize" its Turkish minority by outlawing Turkish names, customs, language and dress, and follows an unlikely love story that develops against this traumatic backdrop. Best Bu... more



Tbilisi-Tbilisi   

Tbilisi-Tbilisi
Georgia, 2005, 108 min.
A selection from Cannes' prestigious Directors Fortnight, writer/director/ film professor Levan Zakareishvili's second film is a powerful, personal work, which turns an unforgiving narrative eye on the harsh realities of life on the streets in his native Tbilisi where poverty, corruption and a class... more



The Tin Mine   

The Tin Mine
Thailand, 2005, 116 min.
A bio-pic of sorts of Thai national hero Archin Panjabhan who was expelled from university in 1949 and forced to work in a tin mine in backwoods Thailand. Out of his years in that rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched town came more than 140 autobiographical stories that catapulted him to the front ranks of... more



Totally Personal   

Totally Personal
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005, 79 min.
Totally Personal creates a historical document both droll and touching out of the memories, meditations, and observations of the filmmaker and his family. The history begins in the communist era, continues through the war that ravaged the former Yugoslavia and into today's post-war period.... more



To the Other Side   

To the Other Side
Mexico, 2005, 81 min.
Writer/director Gustavo Loza's visually stimulating, hauntingly timely film punctures the surface of immigration with a distinctive and unconventional storytelling style. Three countries, three cultures, three different realities serve as background for the stories of three children with absent fath... more



The Wandering Shadows   

The Wandering Shadows
Colombia, 2005, 90 min.
Contemplative, sober, sometimes hopeful look at today's Colombia through the strange relationship of two physically and spiritually crippled men. Through poetry and metaphor, this black and white feature debut expresses conflict without bullets and redemption without religion. In the journey, a new ... more



The Wayward Cloud   

The Wayward Cloud
Taiwan, 2005, 113 min.
Taiwanese bad boy Tsai Ming-liang has come up with one of his most provocative films yet, a naughty, transgressive and thoroughly non-traditional drama-with musical numbers! Taipei is in the throes of a serious drought. Against this backdrop Tsai's favourite collaborator Lee Kang-sheng tries to get ... more



Welcome to Dongmakgol   

Welcome to Dongmakgol
South Korea, 2005, 134 min.
During the Korean Civil War of 1950, a handful of northern and southern Korean soldiers and one American find themselves taking refuge in Dongmakgol, a tiny village history has passed by. This dryly-scripted dramedy finds the various warring factions slowly seduced by the peasant's laid-back lifesty... more



Zozo   

Zozo
Sweden, 2005, 104 min.
Lebanese-born, Sweden-based director Josef Fares (Jalla! Jalla!) returns to Lebanon to tell the compelling story of Zozo, a lad left orphaned by the Lebanese civil war who is determined to to join his grandparents in Sweden. Once there, his adjustment is complicated by cultural barriers and h... more



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