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2023 Oscars: Close, Saint Omer & Corsage Lead Best Intl. Feature Film Category of 92 Countries

2023 Oscars: Close, Saint Omer & Corsage Lead Best Intl. Feature Film Category of 92 Countries

For the next six weeks in Los Angeles (mostly), there’ll be individual film campaigning to be among the fifteen shortlist choices on December 21st. One shy from tying last year’s record, we have ninety-two film hopefuls for the ultimate battle royal and among them we find the first fiction narrative film from Alice Diop in Venice-winning Saint Omer repping France, neighbouring Belgium has Lukas Dhont‘s Cannes Grand Prix winner sophomore film Close as a true contender and from Austria, we have Marie Kreutzer‘s fifth feature film in the Cannes Un Certain Regard selected Best Performance Prize winning Corsage. Here are the 92 titles:

Albania: “A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On”
Algeria: “Our Brothers”
Argentina: “Argentina, 1985” / read review
Armenia: “Aurora’s Sunrise”
Australia: “You Won’t Be Alone”
Austria: “Corsage” / read review
Azerbaijan: “Creators”
Bangladesh: “Hawa”
Belgium: “Close” / read review
Bolivia: “Utama”
Bosnia and Herzegovina: “A Ballad”
Brazil: “Mars One”
Bulgaria: “In the Heart of the Machine”
Cambodia: “Return to Seoul” / read review
Cameroon: “The Planters Plantation”
Canada: “Eternal Spring”
Chile: “Blanquita”
China: “Nice View”
Colombia: “The Kings of the World”
Costa Rica: “Domingo and the Mist”
Croatia: “Safe Place”
Czech Republic: “Il Boemo”
Denmark: “Holy Spider” / read review
Dominican Republic: “Bantú Mama”
Ecuador: “Lo Invisible”
Estonia: “Kalev”
Finland: “Girl Picture”
France: “Saint Omer” / read review
Georgia: “A Long Break”
Germany: “All Quiet on the Western Front” / read review
Greece: “Magnetic Fields”
Guatemala: “The Silence of the Mole”
Hong Kong: “Where the Wind Blows”
Hungary: “Blockade”
Iceland: “Beautiful Beings”
India: “Last Film Show”
Indonesia: “Missing Home”
Iran: “World War III” / read review
Iraq: “The Exam”
Ireland: “The Quiet Girl”
Israel: “Cinema Sabaya”
Italy: “Nostalgia” / read review
Japan: “Plan 75” / read review
Jordan: “Farha”
Kazakhstan: “Life”
Kenya: “TeraStorm”
Kosovo: “Looking for Venera”
Kyrgyzstan: “Home for Sale”
Latvia: “January”
Lebanon: “Memory Box”
Lithuania: “Pilgrims”
Luxembourg: “Icarus”
Mexico: “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” / read review
Moldova: “Carbon”
Mongolia: “Harvest Moon”
Montenegro: “The Elegy of Laurel”
Morocco: “The Blue Caftan”
Nepal: “Butterfly on a Windowpane”
Netherlands: “Narcosis”
New Zealand: “Muru”
North Macedonia: “The Happiest Man in the World”
Norway: “War Sailor”
Pakistan: “Joyland”
Palestine: “Mediterranean Fever”
Panama: “Birthday Boy”
Paraguay: “Eami”
Peru: “Moon Heart”
Philippines: “On the Job: The Missing 8”
Poland: “EO” / read review
Portugal: “Alma Viva”

Romania: “Imaculat”
Saudi Arabia: “Raven Song”
Senegal: “Xalé”
Serbia: “Darkling”
Singapore: “Ajoomma”
Slovakia: “Victim”
Slovenia: “Orchestra”
South Korea: “Decision to Leave” / read review
Spain: “Alcarràs” / read review
Sweden: “Boy From Heaven” / read review

Switzerland: “A Piece of Sky”
Taiwan: “Goddamned Asura”
Tanzania: “Tug of War”
Thailand: “One for the Road”
Tunisia: “Under the Fig Trees” / read review
Turkey: “Kerr”
Uganda: “Tembele”
Ukraine: “Klondike”
United Kingdom: “Winners”
Uruguay: “The Employer and the Employee” / read review
Venezuela: “The Box” / read review
Vietnam: “578: Magnum”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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