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Foreign Film Oscar Noms 2008: The Complete List!

With Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit out of the foreign Oscar picture, IONCINEMA.com predicts a four-way race between audience faves Persepolis, The Counterfeiters, 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Caramel. Mexico’s The Orphanage has the best chance at completing the 5 pack. That said everything else is just a formality. The final five picks will be announced on Jan. 22. The Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

With Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit out of the foreign Oscar picture, IONCINEMA.com predicts a four-way race between audience faves PersepolisThe Counterfeiters, 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Caramel. Spain's The Orphanage has the best chance at completing the 5 pack. That said everything else is just a formality. The final five picks will be announced on Jan. 22. The Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 24.


 

       
2008 Foreign Oscar Long List
Argentina: XXY (Lucia Puenzo)
Australia: The Home Song Stories (Tony Ayres)
Austria: The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Azerbaijan: Caucasia (Farid Gumbatov)
Bangladesh: On The Wings Of Dreams (Golam Rabbany Biblob)
Belgium: Ben X  (Nic Balthazar)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: It's Hard To Be Nice (Srdjan Vuletic)
Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Cao Hamburger)
Bulgaria: Warden of the Dead (Ilian Simeonov)
Canada: The Days of Darkness (Denys Arcand)
Chile: Padre nuestro (Our Father) – (Rodrigo Sepulveda)
China: The Knot (Yun shui yao) (Yi Lin)
Colombia: Satanas: Profile of a Killer (Andres Baiz)
Croatia: Armin (Ognjen Svilicic)
Cuba: The Silly Age (Pavel Giroud)
Czech Republic: I Served the King of England (Jirí Menzel)
Denmark: The Art of Crying (Peter Schønau Fog)
Egypt: In the Heliopolis Flat (Mohamed Khan)
Estonia: The Autumn Ball (Ilmar Raag)
Finland: A Man's Job (Aleksi Salmenpera)
France: Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi)
Georgia: The Russian Triangle (Aleko Tsabadze)
Germany: The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin)
Greece: Eduart (Angeliki Antoniou)
Hong Kong: Exiled (Johnnie To)
Hungary: Taxidermia (György Pálfi)
Iceland: Jar City (Mýrin) (Baltasar Kormákur)
 
       

India: Eklavya: The Royal Guard (Vidhu Vinod Chopra)
Indonesia: Denias, Singing on the Cloud (John De Rantau)
Iran: M for Mother (Rasoul Mollagholipour)
Iraq: Jani Gal (Jamil Rostami)
Ireland: Kings (Tom Collins)
Israel: Beaufort (Joseph Cedar)
Italy: The Unknown (Giuseppe Tornatore)
Japan: I Just Didn't Do It (Masayuki Suo)
Kazakhstan: Mongol (Sergei Bodrov)
Korea: Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong)

 

       

Lebanon: Caramel
Luxembourg: Little Secrets (Pol Cruchten)
Macedonia: Shadows (Milcho Manchevski)
Mexico: Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas)
The Netherlands: Duska (Jos Stelling)
Norway: Gone with the Woman (Petter Naess)
Peru: Crossing a Shadow (Augusto Tamayo)
Philippines: Donsol (Adolfo B Alix Jr.)
Poland: Katyn (Andrzej Wajda)
Portugal: Belle Toujours (Manoel de Oliveira)
Puerto Rico: Love Sickness (Carlitos Ruiz, Mariem Perezs)
Romania: 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
Russia: 12 Nikita Mikhalkov
Serbia: The Trap (Srdan Golubovic)
Singapore: 881 (Royston Tan)
Slovakia: Return of the Storks (Martin Repka)  
Slovenia: Kratki stiki (Short Circuits) (Janez Lapajne)
Spain: The Orphanage (Juan Antonio Bayona)
Sweden: You, the Living (Roy Andersson)
Switzerland: Late Bloomers (Bettina Oberli)
Taiwan : Island Etude (Chen Huai-En)
Thailand: King of Fire (Chatrichalerm Yukol)
Turkey: Takva (Özer Kiziltan)
Uruguay: The Pope's Toilet (Enrique Fernandez, Cesar Charlones)
Venezuela: Postcards from Leningrad (Mariana Rondon)
Vietnam: The White Silk Dress (Luu Huynh)

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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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