Diversity in Foreign Language Films Almost at Record High For Oscars

This year, foreign language film submissions for the Oscars reached just three short of a record high! 

Oscars 2014

Submissions came in from Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Costa Rica, Ecuador Lebanon  and many more. Australia’s entry, Rolf de Heer’s “Charlie’s Country,” is largely in the aboriginal language of Yolngu Matha.

The official list of eligible films will be announced in the coming days by The Academy and it’s expected that this number may still surpass last year’s.

2013’s foreign language film Oscar winner was ‘Amour’, a French-language drama film written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.

“The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad. Anne suffers a stroke which paralyses her on the right side of her body.”

For great foreign language films in Dublin, check out the IFI, their October programme has new releases in Italian, German, Polish and more. Don’t worry about you’re level of fluency if you’re not a native speaker though, the subtitles will be there to help!


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