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Submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film

by Jerome Magajes
Submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film by Jerome Magajes
updated- 10/17/2012 Not yet in the database: Pharmakon (Albania) If Only Everyone (Armenia) Buta (Azerbaijan) Pleasure Boy Komola (Bangladesh) Lost Loves (Cambodia) Cannibal Vegetarian (Croatia) In the Shadows (Czech Republic) Check Mate (Dominican Republic) Purge (Finland) Keep Smiling (Georgia) Inuk (Greenland) Myn Bala (Kazakhstan) Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg (Latvia) The Third Half (Macedonia) Kauwboy (The Netherlands) The Bad Intentions (Peru) White Tiger (Russia) Made in Ash (Slovakia) Little One (South Africa) Touch of the Light (Taiwan) Firecrosser (Ukraine) Rock, Paper, Scissors (Venezuela) The Scent of the Burning Grass… Read more

updated- 10/17/2012
Not yet in the database:
Pharmakon (Albania)
If Only Everyone (Armenia)
Buta (Azerbaijan)
Pleasure Boy Komola (Bangladesh)
Lost Loves (Cambodia)
Cannibal Vegetarian (Croatia)
In the Shadows (Czech Republic)
Check Mate (Dominican Republic)
Purge (Finland)
Keep Smiling (Georgia)
Inuk (Greenland)
Myn Bala (Kazakhstan)
Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg (Latvia)
The Third Half (Macedonia)
Kauwboy (The Netherlands)
The Bad Intentions (Peru)
White Tiger (Russia)
Made in Ash (Slovakia)
Little One (South Africa)
Touch of the Light (Taiwan)
Firecrosser (Ukraine)
Rock, Paper, Scissors (Venezuela)
The Scent of the Burning Grass (Vietnam)

Other countries
Source: Wikipedia
Bolivia’s nominating body, the Asociación de Cineastas Bolivianos, proposed sending Jorge Sanjinés’ Insurgentes to represent Bolivia, and invited the film’s producers to assemble the necessary documents to enter the film in the race. However, citing time restraints, the film’s representatives declined to participate. Bolivia had been absent the past two years in large part because no local films fully met all AMPAS requirements.
Cuba confirmed that it would not submit a film this year.
Iran’s Academy confirmed their participation in the competition on September 21, 2012, noting however that they had considered boycotting the Oscars due to the Innocence of Muslims video on YouTube that originated in the United States, and planned to send a strongly worded letter to that effect. On September 24, it was announced that Iran’s official selection committee had selected A Cube of Sugar by Reza Mirkarimi as the official Iranian submission. On the same day, the head of Iran’s government controlled cinema agency called for a boycott of the Oscars and Reuters reported that Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini had confirmed that Iran would boycott.
Luxembourg announced that their national selection committee had met and decided not to send a film. The country last competed in 2009.

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