49 Countries in Competition for Foreign Language Oscar

Forty-nine countries have submitted films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category, Academy President Frank Pierson announced on Friday.

The submissions for 2004 are:

Afghanistan, “Earth and Ashes,” Atiq Rahimi, director
Argentina, “A Lost Embrace,” Daniel Burman, director
Austria, “Antares,” Gŏtz Spielmann, director
Belgium, “The Alzheimer Case,” Erik Van Looy, director
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Days and Hours,” Pjer Zalica, director
Brazil, “Olga,” Jayme Monjardim, director
Bulgaria, “Mila from Mars,” Zornitsa Sophia, director
Canada, “Far Side of the Moon,” Robert Lapage, director
Chile, “Machuca,” Andres Wood, director
China, “House of Flying Daggers,” Zhang Yimou, director
Croatia, “Long Dark Night,” Antun Vrdoljak, director
Czech Republic, “Up and Down,” Jan Hřebejk, director
Denmark, “The Five Obstructions,” Jorgen Leth & Lars von Trier, directors
Ecuador, “Chronicles,” Sebastian Cordero, director
Egypt, “I Love Cinema,” Osama Fawzy, director
Estonia, “Revolution of Pigs,” Jaak Kilmi, Rene Reinumagi, directors
Finland, “Producing Adults,” Aleksi Salmenpera, director
France, “The Chorus,” Christophe Barratier, director
Germany, “Downfall,” Oliver Hirschbiegel, director
Greece, “A Touch of Spice,” Tassos Boulmetis, director
Hungary, “Kontroll,” Nimrod 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
Korea, “Tae Guk Gi,” Kang Je-gyu, 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
Philippines, “Crying Ladies,” Mark Meily, director
Poland, “The Welts,” Magdalena Piekorz, director
Portugal, “The Miracle According to Salome,” Mario Barroso, director
Romania, “Orient-Express,” Sergiu Nicolaescu, director
Russia, “Night Watch,” Timolir Bekmambetov, director
Serbia and Montenegro, “Goose Feather,” Ljubisa Samardzić, director
Slovenia, “Beneath Her Window,” Metod Pevec, director
South Africa, “Yesterday,” Darrell Roodt, director
Spain, “The Sea Inside,” Alejandro Amenabar, director
Sweden, “As in Heaven,” Kay Pollak, director
Switzerland, “Mein Name Ist 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

Of these films, only “The Five Obstructions” and “Tae Guk Gi” have opened in the United States thus far, with “House of Flying Daggers” and “The Sea Inside” scheduled to open before the end of the year. One title expected to be amongst the submissions, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement,” did not get released in France in time to qualify.

The final nominees for the 77th Academy Award will be announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, with the Awards presentation ceremony set to begin at 5 P.M. Pacific Time on Sunday, February 27, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, televised live on ABC.