What’s competition like for Kalo Pothi, Nepal’s selection for Oscars?

This is a list of submissions to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has been inviting film industries from around the world to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956. The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Nine shortlisted contenders are revealed a week before the announcement of the Oscar nominations.

Nepal’s film industry has selected Kalo Pothi, a tale from the Maoist insurgency era, for the Oscars.


Mexico, “Desierto” by Jonás Cuarón

A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands. (IMDB)


Chile, “Neruda” by Pablo Larraín

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. (IMDB)


Venezuela, “From Afar” by Lorenzo Vigas

Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever. (IMDB)


Portugal, “Letters from War” by  Ivo M. Ferreira

Based on António Lobo Antunes’s novel, a collection of letters written by a young soldier, doctor and a aspirant writer, to his wife while he was serving in Angola between 1971 and 1973, during the Portuguese Colonial War, a war between Portugal with its former overseas provinces. (IMDB)


Croatia, “On the Other Side” by  Zrinko Ogresta

Twenty  years ago, Vesna moved her family to Zagreb, away from the events that almost destroyed their lives. However, an unexpected call will bring back the memory of a secret that she has been trying to hide all these years. (IMDB)


Germany, “Tony Erdmann” by Maren Ade

A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter. (IMDB)


Spain, “Julieta” by Pedro Almodóvar

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter. (IMDB)


Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” by Juho Kuosmanen

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. (IMDB)


Afghanistan, “Parting” by Navid Mahmoudi

Albania, “Chromium” by Bujar Alimani

Algeria, “The Well” by Lofti Bouchouchi

Armenia, “The Earthquake” by Sarik Andreasyan

Australia, “Tanna” by Martin Butler & Bentley Dean

Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” by Maria Schrader

Belgium, “The Ardennes” by Robin Pront

Bosnia And Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo” by Danis Tanovic

Brazil, “Little Secret” by Daniel Schumann

Bulgaria, “Losers”by Ivarlo Hristov

Colombia, “Alias Maria” by José Luis Rugeles Gracia

Cuba, “The Companion” by Pavel Giroud

Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich” by Petr Zelenka

Denmark, “Land of Mine” by Martin Zandvliet

Dominican Republic, “Flor de Azúcar” by Fernando Baez Mella

Egypt, “Clash” by Mohamed Diab

Estonia, “Mother” by Kadri Kõusaare

Georgia, “House of Others” by Rusudan Glurdjidze

Greece, “Chevalier” by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Hungary, “Kills on Wheels” by Attila Till

Iran, “The Salesman” by Asghar Farhadi

Iraq, “El Clasico” by Halkawt Mustafa

Japan, “Haha to Kuraseba” by Yoji Yamada

Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home” by Faton Bajraktari

Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will” by Bakyt Mukul & Dastan Japar Uulu

Lebanon, “Very Big Shot” by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya

Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day” by Kristijonas Vildziunas

Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl” by Pol Cruchten

Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes” by Said Khallaf

Netherlands, “Tonio” by Paula van der Oest

New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth” by Pietra Brettkelly

Norway, “The King’s Choice” by Eric Poppe

Pakistan, “Mah e Mir” by Anjum Shahzad

Panama, “Salsipuedes” by Ricardo Aguilar Navarro & Manuel Rodríguez

Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)” by Juan Daniel Fernández

Philippines, “Ma’Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza

Romania, “Sieranevada” by Cristi Puiu

Russia, “Paradise” by Andrei Konchalovsky

Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah” by Mahmoud Sabbagh

Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary” by Milos Radovica

Singapore, “Apprentice” by Junfeng Boo

Slovenia, “Houston, We Have A Problem!” by Ziga Virc

South Korea, “The Age of Shadows” by Jee-woon Kim

Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” by Hannes Holm

Switzerland, “My Life as a Courgette” by Claude Barras

Thailand, “Karma” by Kanittha Kwanyu

Tunisia, “As I Open My Eyes by Leyla Bouzid

Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs” by Roman Bondarchuk

United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow” by Babak Anvari

Uruguay, “Migas de Pan” by Manane Rodriguez

Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” by Victor Vu


(Compiled. The list is correct as of September 22, 2016.)

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