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Awards Buzz - Best Foreign Language Film

We are happy to present the annual gathering of the films that are the official submissions for Academy Award® consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category


9th Company   

9th Company
Russia, 2006, 126 min.
The Soviet Union’s ill-fated “military action” in Afghanistan in the 1980s, a taboo topic until only recently, provides the backdrop for this recent number-one hit at the Russian box office. The film provides a gritty portrayal of war with all the blood, dirt and death of a war... more



After the Wedding   

After the Wedding
Denmark, 2006, 120 min.
When Jacob, (played by Mads Mikkelsen, the arch villain in the recent Bond film Casino Royale) who runs a struggling orphanage in Bombay, returns to Denmark to secure new funds, he discovers that his new benefactor has a secret path that will forever alter his charitable present and... more



Ahimsa: Stop to Run   

Ahimsa: Stop to Run
Thailand, 2006, 96 min.
With goofy humor and originality, this over-the-top Buddhist karmic thriller takes genre bending to the next level. Ahimsa lives a life of clubs, sex, and drugs until a mysterious red haired man in a red tracksuit appears: his karma.... more



Ahlaam   

Ahlaam
Iraq, 2006, 110 min.
In Iraq’s first post-Saddam feature, three individuals from a mental hospital are forced to wander the streets of Baghdad after the U.S. invasion destroyed their home. They are stuck between the madness they once were treated for and the madness that now surrounds them. Their dreams, or hallucinatio... more



American Visa   

American Visa
Bolivia, 2006, 90 min.
Simple, honest and earthy, American Visa is the story of a Bolivian English teacher trying to get a visa to the US, in post-9/11 Bolivia. Strong dialogue and contemporary visuals, plus refreshing performances by the Mexican actors Demián Bichir and Kate del Castillo make this a riveting Boliv... more



Avenue Montaigne   

Avenue Montaigne
France, 2006, 106 min.
A series of interconnected stories serves as the basis for Danièle Thompson’s breezy, bittersweet and utterly charming Parisian comedy about the lives of the varied characters—rich and poor, famous and unknown—who populate a café on the chic Avenue Montaigne.... more



The Banquet   

The Banquet
Hong Kong, 2006, 131 min.
Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s lavish, tenth century spectacle recalls recent martial arts epics, but its true heart lies in its stately chamber drama intrigue starring popular actors Daniel Wu and Ziyi Zhang, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.... more



Before Flying Back to the Earth   

Before Flying Back to the Earth
Lithuania, 2006, 52 min.
A gracefully expressive journey into the lives of children living with leukemia at a pediatric hospital in Vilnius, Lithuania. Every detail is carefully chosen, composed and edited. A poetic, unsentimental, award-winning documentary about the resilience of the human spirit.... more



El Benny   

El Benny
Cuba, 2006, 120 min.
Cuba’s Oscar entry El Benny is based on the life of the famous Cuban musician, Benny Moré. The debut feature by writer/director Jorge Luis Sanchez features new versions of Morés songs performed by contemporary musicians including Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell, Haila and Orishas.... more



Black Book   

Black Book
Netherlands, 2006, 145 min.
Director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall) returns to Holland to direct this World War II thriller. Rachel, a celebrated Jewish singer—who joins the Dutch resistance to track down the Nazis who killed her family—is caught in a web of seduction, betrayal, and revenge. In this comp... more



The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros   

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Philippines, 2006, 100 min.
When Maximo, a 12-year-old effeminate Filipino youth, falls for a new cop on his street, all kinds of hell breaks loose for his criminal family and for his sense of who he is and what he wants to become. This independent project was awarded the International Jury Prizes at both the Berlin and Rotter... more



Blue Cha Cha   

Blue Cha Cha
Taiwan, 2006, 108 min.
Just out of jail, Ah Yu is looking to find her way again in life and love. A former prison mate gives her a job in a girly bar, but the men she meets either think she’s a prostitute or take advantage of her—until one day at the pier she meets a seemingly aloof fisherman who draws an emotional respon... more



Border Café   

Border Café
Iran, 2006, 105 min.
A widow’s effort to run a truck stop diner near the Iran-Turkey border becomes a lesson in stifling patriarchy. Taking on gender and geography, the film deals with physical and metaphorical borders. A strong script, nuanced acting, and a sharply delineated sociopolitical sense make it as enjoyable a... more



Bosta   

Bosta
Lebanon, 2006, 112 min.
This rousing Lebanese musical tells the story of college troupe that tours the country in an old bosta (bus), performing a techno version of the national line dance that shocks conservatives, but paves the way for the future. The infectious soundtrack features compositions performed by British group... more



Chariton's Choir   

Chariton's Choir
Greece, 2006, 116 min.
This Corfu-set comic drama stars Greek superstar George Corraface as a bohemian school principal whose freethinking spirit will not be crushed by the fascistic military after their 1967 coup d’état. Chariton’s outlook on life inspires his students who face the challenges of adolescence in a Greece.... more



Children   

Children
Iceland, 2006, 93 min.
Karitas, a single mother trying to survive in contemporary Icelandic society, fights a custody battle for her three young daughters, oblivious to the needs of her son Gudmund. Then her hoodlum ex enters the mix after burning his bridges elsewhere. The drama brings to light the failure of a supposedl... more



Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures   

Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures
Brazil, 2006, 99 min.
In 1942, Johann, a young German fleeing the war, and Ranulpho, a Brazilian seeking an escape from the oppressive drought in his home province, join forces. Merrily rolling from village to village, they bring rural folk the magic of cinema as they screen a film advertising a miraculous new patent med... more



Curse of the Golden Flower   

Curse of the Golden Flower
China, 2007, 118 min.
Zhang Yimou’s third martial arts and CGI extravaganza after Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) juxtaposes a tenth-century Forbidden City of courtly intrigue with superstars Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li, and epic action. Zhang’s trademark sense of primary colors gives the film an i... more



Days of Glory   

Days of Glory
Algeria, 2006, 120 min.
Winner of an ensemble acting prize at the Cannes and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, Days of Glory is a powerful WWII story that details the bad treatment the French heaped upon their fellow soldiers of North African descent. The film features a superb ensemb... more



Falkenberg, Farewell   

Falkenberg, Farewell
Sweden, 2006, 88 min.
The struggle of five 20-something male friends to find their place in the world provides the focus for Falkenberg, Farewell, which captures the energy of youth, and with it, a strong undercurrent of melancholy. Winner for Best Film at the Athens Film Festival.... more



Family Law   

Family Law
Argentina, 2006, 102 min.
From Argentinean director Daniel Burman, the ‘Latin Woody Allen,’ comes this witty comedy in which a successful law professor with a beautiful wife and adorable son suddenly finds himself unsure what it means to be either a husband or a father in this tender-hearted comedy of delusion and self disco... more



Forever Flows   

Forever Flows
Bangladesh, 2006, 112 min.
A lower-middle class Bangladeshi family struggles after the father goes blind and the family's money has been wasted on a layabout son, forcing beautiful daughter Tithi to work as a prostitute to help out in this steady-eyed, non-judgmental look at the lives of Tithi and the people she comes in cont... more



The Golden Door   

The Golden Door
Italy, 2006, 112 min.
A turn-of-the-century rural Sicilian family embarks on a difficult journey to Ellis Island and to modernity, leaving behind their homes and possessions in the hopes of securing a better tomorrow in a land purportedly flowing with milk and honey, in this imaginative and intelligent film.... more



Gravehopping   

Gravehopping
Slovenia, 2006, 103 min.
A top prizewinner at multiple prestigious festivals, this black comedy centers on eulogy writer Pero (a Gene Wilder look-alike) and his eccentric family who live together in a typically Balkan world of black humor and irony, where tragedy always looms.... more



Grbavica   

Grbavica
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2006, 90 min.
Winner of the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, this Sarajevo-set drama highlights the plight of the thousands of Muslim women raped during the Balkan wars through the story of Esma, a hard-working single mother haunted by events from her past.... more



Hula Girls   

Hula Girls
Japan, 2006, 108 min.
When a recession hits, the women of a coalmining town in 1960s Japan come up with an unlikely solution for economic salvation after a plan to build a leisure spa flounders. They form a smash hit hula dancing team that becomes the desired tourist magnet, in this charming ensemble comedy.... more



Ice Cream, I Scream   

Ice Cream, I Scream
Turkey, 2006, 100 min.
Made with over 2,000 residents of Mugla as the cast, this comic drama follows a single tradesman’s naive struggle for survival in the global economy. Ali decides to promote his homemade ice cream on a newly purchased scooter, but when the bike is stolen, he accuses his competitors of sabotage.... more



In Bed   

In Bed
Chile, 2006, 85 min.
Matías Bize’s sexually comedic, occasionally dramatic and notably risqué two-hander is set completely within the four walls of a déclassé motel room where newly formed couple Daniela (Blanca Lewin) and Bruno (Gonzalo Valenzuela) have sex and discuss their lives. A fresh take on the gulf between the ... more



King and the Clown   

King and the Clown
South Korea, 2006, 119 min.
Second on the list of all-time box office champs in South Korea, Jun-Ik Lee’s vibrant period drama follows two street performers whose satirical sketch about the king’s court first lands them in hot water and then leads them to perform for the king himself.... more



Kontakt   

Kontakt
Macedonia, 2006, 96 min.
Circumstances throw a rugged ex-convict, Janka, and a recent resident of a psychiatric ward, Zana, together in a devastated Macedonian villa. When this odd couple connects, their relationship almost seems normal compared to the chaotic state-of-affairs surrounding them.... more



Libertas   

Libertas
Croatia, 2006, 109 min.
This is the story of Marin Drzic (a.k.a. Marino Darsa), a 16th-century poet/playwright from Ragusa-Dubrovnik, whose pointed allegories about injustice offended the nobles of his homeland. Forced into exile in Italy, he wrote Libertas, an appeal for freedom of speech and expression.... more



The Lives of Others   

The Lives of Others
Germany, 2006, 137 min.
In this nail-biting political thriller set just years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, an agent of the East German police finds his ideology turned inside out when he is assigned to incriminate an innocent playwright. This runaway hit swept the German and Bavarian Academy Awards.... more



Love for Share   

Love for Share
Indonesia, 2006, 120 min.
Three women from different backgrounds deal with polygamy in Indonesia and the predicament of having to share their domestic life and the love of one man with several women and often with humorous consequences.... more



Lunacy   

Lunacy
Czech Republic, 2006, 121 min.
A masterpiece from Jan Svankmajer, the master of Czech surrealism, Lunacy introduces us to a man whose horrifying dreams make his nights unbearable. An offer of assistance from a sadistic nobleman leads the man into an asylum where the doctors are even more dangerous than the patients.... more



Madeinusa   

Madeinusa
Peru, 2006, 100 min.
For one devout Peruvian village, God dies on Good Friday and is born again on Easter; between those days there is no sin. During these strange Holy Days young Madeinusa falls for a gringo stranger against her father’s wishes, in this stunningly photographed take on the classic American Western.... more



Maroa   

Maroa
Venezuela, 2006, 102 min.
Great performances from the young cast highlight this hard-hitting melodrama. 11-year-old Maroa struggles with the lure of the Caracas streets and a fractious life at home with her violent granny. When arrested and sent to reform school, the youth orchestra teacher brings her out of her shell.... more



Migration   

Migration
Nepal, 2006, 122 min.
Based on the Nepalese magnum opus Basain, Migration paints a vivid picture of a beautiful rural community in Nepal, focusing on one family’s heartrending struggle for survival, before their poverty forces them to leave their home in search of a better life.... more



Monkeys in Winter   

Monkeys in Winter
Bulgaria, 2006, 111 min.
Set over a 40-year time span, three stories explore the lives of three mothers from separate generations who each face difficult decisions. Winner, East of the West Competition, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.... more



Nomad (The Warrior)   

Nomad (The Warrior)
Kazakhstan, 2006, 112 min.
A widescreen historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan with old-school sincerity and crunching battle scenes. Mansur (Kuno Becker) is rescued from certain death in infancy by the mystic Kazakh warrior Oraz (Jason Scott Lee), and destined to unite the country's three warring tribes. ... more



Pan's Labyrinth   

Pan's Labyrinth
Mexico, 2006, 112 min.
Iconoclast wunderkind Guillermo Del Toro crafts a profound political allegory set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the horrors of the new fascist regime, in which a little girl escapes into a world of magic—populated by pagan demigods and mythological creatures—... more



Rang De Basanti   

Rang De Basanti
India, 2006, 160 min.
India’s submission to the Academy Awards, Rang de Basanti, translated ‘paint it yellow,’ is about awakening, about standing up for one’s beliefs and about today’s youth of India. The film inspired ten million people to enlist public opinion and start candle marches across India creating great... more



Retrieval   

Retrieval
Poland, 2006, 103 min.
Amateur boxer Wojtek dreams of supporting his girlfriend and her child, but becomes a changed person once he begins working as an enforcer for an amoral loan shark. Wojtek's work and his struggle to make a family for himself prove consistently absorbing.... more



Someone Else’s Happiness   

Someone Else’s Happiness
Belgium, 2006, 98 min.
In the 1990s, a series of child murders hook Belgium. This highly assured first feature creates a series of vignettes centering on the inhabitants of a suburban village where a child’s body has been discovered after a hit-and-run. Emotional truths slowly unravel revealing that things are very differ... more



Ten Canoes   

Ten Canoes
Australia, 2006, 92 min.
Set 1,000 years ago in a culture that could be timeless, this detailed—and highly entertaining—recreation of ancient Aboriginal life is a closely observed and often humorous account of the daily activities and beliefs of the indigenous people of Australia.... more



Thieves and Liars   

Thieves and Liars
Puerto Rico, 2006, 114 min.
Corruption has exploded in Puerto Rico over the last 15 years. In compelling parallel stories, Thieves and Liars follows three families as the older generations helplessly watch the deterioration of truth and justice in their society’s youth.... more



Tomorrow Morning   

Tomorrow Morning
Serbia, 2006, 85 min.
After 12 years in Canada, Nenad returns to his native Belgrade where he wants to celebrate his wedding with Maja in the company of family and old friends. The story explores the feelings, disappointments and hopes of young people and the continuous quest to find oneself in a world full of contradict... more



A Ton of Luck   

A Ton of Luck
Colombia, 2006, 96 min.
Based on a true story, this black comedy recounts the antics of a battalion of underpaid, overworked Columbian soldiers who come upon a cache of $40 million. But what they take as a gift from God ultimately turns out to be the devil’s work. ... more



Vitus   

Vitus
Switzerland, 2006, 120 min.
Vitus is a child cursed with early genius: he can play the piano and consume entire sets of encyclopedias, but all he wants is a normal life, puttering about with his eccentric grandfather (Bruno Ganz). Parental pressure eventually forces this precocious child to take a leap into the unknown.... more



Volver   

Volver
Spain, 2006, 120 min.
Three generations of women collide in Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s latest masterpiece of comic melodrama. Penélope Cruz (Best Actress, Cannes) plays a janitor whose life is turned upside down when, first her daughter suddenly becomes a killer, and then her supposedly dead mother shows up in M... more



Water   

Water
Canada, 2006, 114 min.
The haunting finish to Deepa Mehta's “Elements” trilogy is a feast for the eyes and ears. In colonial India, eight-year-old Chuyia is sent to a home for Hindu widows. Her feisty presence has a particular effect on a young woman who falls for a Gandhian idealist.... more



The Way I Spent the End of the World   

The Way I Spent the End of the World
Romania, 2006, 100 min.
A tragic-comedy with shades of the absurd and the sublime, carrying an intense historical and emotional charge, World unfolds in Bucharest in 1989, during the last year of the Ceaucescu dictatorship, and revolves around gorgeous 17-year-old Eva, who lives with her parents and seven-year-old brother.... more



The Wedding Chest   

The Wedding Chest
Kyrgyzstan, 2006, 104 min.
Aidar, a Kyrgyz expat living in Paris, returns to his homeland for a visit, with a beautiful French girlfriend in tow. But Aidar has become a European, while his relatives and neighbors uphold a traditional way of life, a fact that leads to misunderstandings, both comic and serious.... more



White Palms   

White Palms
Hungary, 2006, 101 min.
An uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented, yet troubled gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past, this highly personal film draws on the memories and experiences of the director and his brother—who plays the leading role. International Critic’s Prize, Hungarian Film Week.... more



The Yacoubian Building   

The Yacoubian Building
Egypt, 2006, 161 min.
Egypt’s most ambitious and audacious movie surveys a microcosm of Cairo society by following the colorful occupants of a once dignified apartment building and their interconnected searches for love, pleasure and honor. Best First Feature, Tribeca Film Festival.... more



You Bet Your Life   

You Bet Your Life
Austria, 2006, 95 min.
This gritty portrait of a gambling addict borrows the multiple-ending device used by Krzysztof Kieslowski in The Double Life of Veronique. Kurt, a habitual slacker has a chance encounter with a woman named Elvira and a seemingly lucky gambling die. He starts using it to help him make decision... more



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