AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The list of nine has been whittled down from a record 83 submissions. The list, in alphabetical order by country, is:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damian Szifron
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest
Poland, “Ida,” PaweÅ‚ Pawlikowski
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Ostlund
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo
Pawlikowski’s “Ida” is apparently the front runner at the moment, but don’t count out “Force Majeure,” “Leviathan” and “Timbuktu” which are popping up on a lot of this year’s critical Top 10 lists.
There are some notable absentees though who didn’t make this round including Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter’s Sleep,” the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days One Night,” and Bertrand Bonello “Saint Laurent”.
This short list will be reduced to a further five nominees in mid-January whom will be announced with the rest of this year’s Oscar nominees on January 15th.