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67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

67 Countries Vying for 2008
Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record 67 countries, including first-time entrant Jordan, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today.

The 2008 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Opium War,” Siddiq Barmak, director;

Albania, “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani, directors;

Algeria, “Masquerades,” Lyes Salem, director;

Argentina, “Lion’s Den,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann, director;

Azerbaijan, “Fortress,” Shamil Nacafzada, director;

Bangladesh, “Aha!,” Enamul Karim Nirjhar, director;

Belgium, “Eldorado,” Bouli Lanners, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Snow,” Aida Begic, director;

Brazil, “Last Stop 174,” Bruno Barreto, director;

Bulgaria, “Zift,” Javor Gardev, director;

Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon, director;

Chile, “Tony Manero,” Pablo Larrain, director;

China, “Dream Weavers,” Jun Gu, director;

Colombia, “Dog Eat Dog,” Carlos Moreno, director;

Croatia, “No One’s Son,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;

Czech Republic, “The Karamazovs,” Petr Zelenka, director;

Denmark, “Worlds Apart,” Niels Arden Oplev, director;

Egypt, “The Island,” Sherif Arafa, director;

Estonia, “I Was Here,” Rene Vilbre, director;

Finland, “The Home of Dark Butterflies,” Dome Karukoski, director;

France, “The Class,” Laurent Cantet, director;

Georgia, “Mediator,” Dito Tsintsadze, director;

Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel, director;

Greece, “Correction,” Thanos Anastopoulos, director;

Hong Kong, “Painted Skin,” Gordon Chan, director;

Hungary, “Iska’s Journey,” Csaba Bollok, director;

Iceland, “White Night Wedding,” Baltasar Kormakur, director;

India, “Taare Zameen Par,” Aamir Khan, director;

Iran, “The Song of Sparrows,” Majid Majidi, director;

Israel, “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman, director;

Italy, “Gomorra,” Matteo Garrone, director;

Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;

Jordan, “Captain Abu Raed,” Amin Matalqa, director;

Kazakhstan, “Tulpan,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director;

Korea, “Crossing,” Tae-kyun Kim, director;

Kyrgyzstan, “Heavens Blue,” Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, director;

Latvia, “Defenders of Riga,” Aigars Grauba, director;

Lebanon, “Under the Bombs,” Philippe Aractingi, director;

Lithuania, “Loss,” Maris Martinsons, director;

Luxembourg, “Nuits d’Arabie,” Paul Kieffer, director;

Macedonia, “I’m from Titov Veles,” Teona Strugar Mitevska, director;

Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Roberto Sneider, director;

Morocco, “Goodbye Mothers,” Mohamed Ismail, director;

The Netherlands, “Dunya & Desie,” Dana Nechushtan, director;

Norway, “O’Horten,” Bent Hamer, director;

Palestine, “Salt of This Sea” Annemarie Jacir, director;

Philippines, “Ploning,” Dante Nico Garcia, director;

Poland, “Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski, director;

Portugal, “Our Beloved Month of August,” Miguel Gomes, director;

Romania, “The Rest Is Silence,” Nae Caranfil, director;

Russia, “Mermaid,” Anna Melikyan, director;

Serbia, “The Tour,” Goran Markovic, director;

Singapore, “My Magic,” Eric Khoo, director;

Slovakia, “Blind Loves,” Juraj Lehotsky, director;

Slovenia, “Rooster’s Breakfast,” Marko Nabersnik, director;

South Africa, “Jerusalema,” Ralph Ziman, director;

Spain, “The Blind Sunflowers,” Jose Luis Cuerda, director;

Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell, director;

Switzerland, “The Friend,” Micha Lewinsky, director;

Taiwan, “Cape No. 7,” Te-Sheng Wei, director;

Thailand, “Love of Siam,” Chookiat Sakveerakul, director;

Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;

Ukraine, “Illusion of Fear,” Aleksandr Kiriyenko, director;

United Kingdom, “Hope Eternal,” Karl Francis, director;

Uruguay, “Kill Them All,” Esteban Schroeder, director;

Venezuela, “The Color of Fame,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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No idea if any are on DVD but I've seen 5 of those:
Gomorra & Waltz with Bashir are excellent
Lion's Den and Iska's Journey are decidedly average, boring affairs
3 Monkeys has the most gorgeous cinematography in years, but yeah still not sure whether I liked it or not...
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Israel's “Waltz with Bashir” will win Best Foreign Language Film. Anyone wanna bet? I haven't even seen the movie, but I guarantee this will win the award.
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The French contender has already earned the Palme d'Or. Judging by the past, it won't even make it into the short list.
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Israel's “Waltz with Bashir” will win Best Foreign Language Film. Anyone wanna bet? I haven't even seen the movie, but I guarantee this will win the award.
Gomorra is a better film though. I can see that winning easy.
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Steelpotato,
Wanna make a DVD bet? If I win, you order me a dvd. If I lose, I order you a dvd? eh, eh?
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I'm interested in seeing Austria's REVANCHE which was one of the five shortlisted films in the Best Foreign Film category at the just concluded Oscars.

I'm more than a little unsure, but from what I can gather it might now be available on an English-friendly Austrian DVD (both standard and special editions). I can't seem to find it listed at many places and even the Ebay Austria listing mentions something about it being available only to Austrian buyers.

I understand Janus Films acquired this film and will release it to U.S. theaters early this year. That will be followed by a Criterion DVD release here in the U.S.

I suppose it'd be best to just wait for the Criterion DVD, and in all likelihood that is what I will do. But I was curious if anyone sees an easy source from which to acquire the Austrian DVD release (if it is indeed English-friendly).
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Re: 67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

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Israel's “Waltz with Bashir” will win Best Foreign Language Film. Anyone wanna bet? I haven't even seen the movie, but I guarantee this will win the award.

so how much did you lose
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Re: 67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;
on dvd?
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Re: 67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

DVD will be available 3/18/2009 in Japan,
Last weekend, 25 weeks after it was released, shot up to #1 at the Japanese box office, Surprising, as this was the first weekend for the film to be at the top spot in the 25 weeks.

No English subtitles.

BEAUTIFUL film. I loved it.
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Re: 67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

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Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;
on dvd?
it's been licensed by more than one territory that usually provides English subs, including Taiwan, HK and America.

korea submission "crossing" is soon on subbed Korean DVD, by the way.
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so how much did you lose
haha, i'm still in shock...I should have known actually - I should have considered the Palestinian/Israel crisis before making that choice. I would have never guessed Departures though...I did win my Oscar pool bet though with other choices!
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Re: 67 Countries Vying For Oscar 2008! - What's on DVD?

Here's some more that's available on dvd now:


Turkey, “3 Monkeys” (English subtitles)
Taiwan, “Cape No. 7” (English subtitles)
Russia, “Mermaid,” (NO English subtitles)
Poland, “Tricks” (English subtitles)
Hong Kong, “Painted Skin” (English subtitles)
Germany, "The Baader Meinhof Complex" (NO English subtitles)
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haha, i'm still in shock...I should have known actually - I should have considered the Palestinian/Israel crisis before making that choice. I would have never guessed Departures though...I did win my Oscar pool bet though with other choices!
the funny thing seeing three of the movies over a course of two days, The Class, Departures, and Revanche, I thought Departures was the best. I was glad of the win.

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Here's some more that's available on dvd now:


Turkey, “3 Monkeys” (English subtitles)
Taiwan, “Cape No. 7” (English subtitles)
Russia, “Mermaid,” (NO English subtitles)
Poland, “Tricks” (English subtitles)
Hong Kong, “Painted Skin” (English subtitles)
Germany, "The Baader Meinhof Complex" (NO English subtitles)
the final scene is simply stunning.
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Any comments on the DVD of "Cape No 7" (Taiwan)?
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