Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2005 entries include 'House of Flying Daggers,' 'The Sea Inside'
Of the 49 films submitted for the 2005 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 27 are from Europe, 12 from Asia, eight from the Americas, and a mere two from Africa. For the record: the two African entries are Oussama Fawzy's I Love Cinema (Egypt) and Darrell Roodt's AIDS drama Yesterday (South Africa).
Of note, this year marks the first time that Malaysia has sent in a movie for the Academy Awards: Saw Teong Hin's A Legendary Love / The Princess of Mount Ledang / Puteri Gunung Ledang. The 15th-century-set story of the forbidden romance between a Javanese Hindu princess (Tiara Jacquelina) and a Malay Muslim warrior (M. Nasir), A Legendary Love is the most expensive Malaysian film ever made. (See also: “Malaysian Culture 'Snubbed' at Venice Film Festival.”)
Also of note:
- Bahman Ghobadi's Iranian-backed, Iraq War-related drama Turtles Can Fly won the Best Picture Golden Shell at the 2004 San Sebastian Film Festival.
- Gianni Amelio's Italian entry The Keys to the House, starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Charlotte Rampling, was a Venice Film Festival favorite; its failure to win any important awards at the festival led to an uproar in the Italian press.
- Spanish entry The Sea Inside, directed by Alejandro Amenábar and toplining Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, and Lola Dueñas, took home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Award at Venice.
Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2005 orphans: Two Gael García Bernal movies
Since arcane Academy rules allow only one film per country, Pedro Almodóvar's much praised Spanish comedy-drama Bad Education, starring Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez, is not among the submitted films.
Another Gael García Bernal star vehicle, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries / Diarios de motocicleta, ended up an Oscar orphan as well, for it doesn't really belong to any one country. The movie was shot in Spanish, its director is a Portuguese-speaking Brazilian, its story is set in various South American countries, and most of its financing came from the (mostly) English-speaking United States. According to Academy regulations, U.S. movies are ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
The 2005 Academy Award nominations, including, of course, the shortlist of Best Foreign Language Film nominees, will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 25, '05, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
2005 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entries
Afghanistan, Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi, director.
Argentina, Lost Embrace, Daniel Burman, director.
Austria, Antares, Gotz Spielmann, director.
Belgium, The Alzheimer Case, Erik Van Looy, director.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Days and Hours, Pjer Žalica, director.
Brazil, Olga, Jayme Monjardim, director.
Bulgaria, Mila from Mars, Zornitsa Sophia, director.
Canada, Far Side of the Moon, Robert Lepage, director.
Chile, Machuca, Andrés Wood, director.
Croatia, Long Dark Night, Antun Vrdoljak, director.
Czech Republic, Up and Down, Jan Hrebejk, director.
Denmark, The Five Obstructions, Jørgen Leth and Lars von Trier, directors;
Ecuador, Chronicles, Sebastián Cordero, director.
Egypt, I Love Cinema, Oussama Fawzy, director.
Estonia, Revolution of Pigs, Jaak Kilmi and René Reinumägik, directors;
Finland, Producing Adults, Aleksi Salmenperä, director.
France, The Chorus, Christophe Barratier, director.
Germany, Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, director.
Greece, A Touch of Spice, Tassos Boulmetis, director.
Hungary, Kontroll, Nimród Antal, director.
Iceland, Cold Light, Hilmar Oddsson, director.
India, Shwaas, Sandeep Sawant, director.
Iran, Turtles Can Fly, Bahman Ghobadi, director.
Israel, Campfire, Joseph Cedar, director.
Italy, The Keys to the House, Gianni Amelio, director.
Japan, Nobody Knows, Hirokazu Kore-eda, director.
Macedonia, The Great Water, Ivo Trajikov, director.
Malaysia, A Legendary Love, Saw Teong Hin, director.
Mexico, Innocent Voices, Luis Mandoki, director.
The Netherlands, Simon, Eddy Terstall, director.
Norway, Hawaii, Oslo, Erik Poppe, director.
Palestine, The Olive Harvest, Hanna Elias, director.
The Philippines, Crying Ladies, Mark Meily, director.
Poland, The Welts, Magdalena Piekorz, director.
Portugal, The Miracle According to Salomé, Mário Barroso, director.
Romania, Orient-Express, Sergiu Nicolaescu, director.
Russia, Night Watch, Timur Bekmambetov, director.
Serbia and Montenegro, Goose Feather, Ljubiša Samardžic, director.
Slovenia, Beneath Her Window, Metod Pevec, director.
South Africa, Yesterday, Darrell Roodt, director.
South Korea, Tae Guk Gi, Kang Je-gyu, director.
Spain, The Sea Inside, Alejandro Amenábar, director.
Sweden, As It Is in Heaven, Kay Pollak, director.
Switzerland, Mein Name Ist Bach / My Name Is Bach, Dominique de Rivaz, director.
Taiwan, 20 30 40, Sylvia Chang, director.
Thailand, The Overture, Itthisoontorn Vichailak, director.
Uruguay, Whisky, Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll, directors;
Venezuela, Punto y Raya, Elia Schneider, director.
Ziyi Zhang House of Flying Daggers image: Sony Pictures Classics.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.