’s “Dearest Sister” was submitted by Laos
We’ll have to wait until January 23 for Oscar nominations to be announced, but the Academy has released the titles of all of the films competing in the foreign-language Oscar race. According to Deadline, a record-setting number of countries have submitted films for consideration in the category. Of 92 films vying for a nomination, 25 are directed or co-directed by women by our count — an encouraging 27 percent. A nine-film shortlist will follow before final nominations are revealed.
Nineteen percent of last year’s crop of films submitted in this category were directed or co-directed by women. Just one of them ended up scoring a nod — Maren Ade
’s daughter-father dramedy “Toni Erdmann
For comparison’s sake, consider the fact that none of this year’s or last year’s Best Picture nominees were helmed by women. The last time a woman-directed film received a Best Picture nomination was Ava DuVernay
” back in 2015. So, women directors are better represented in the foreign-language category — featuring women directors from all over the world — than the largely American Best Picture race.
We’ve reported on some of the women-helmed features that have been submitted for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, including Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President
,” a drama about an official grappling with tribal laws, Angelina Jolie
’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung
’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir
,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.
Other titles in the running include Mattie Do
’s “Dearest Sister,” the story of a girl who can communicate with the dead, and Mijke de Jong
’s “Layla M.
” a drama about a teenage Muslim who becomes radicalized.
Check out all of the women-directed films submitted by their respective countries below. List adapted from Deadline.
Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President
,” Roya Sadat, director;
,” Lucrecia Martel
,” Anahit Abad
Australia, “The Space Between
,” Ruth Borgobello
Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov
, Kristina Grozeva
Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie
Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director;;
,” Ana Cristina Barragán
Georgia, “Scary Mother
,” Ana Urushadze
Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour
,” Guetty Felin
Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi
Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do
,” Laura Schroeder
,” Tatiana Huezo
Netherlands, “Layla M.
,” Mijke de Jong
,” Annemarie Jacir
Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director;
Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland
, Kasia Adamik
Singapore, “Pop Aye
,” Kirsten Tan
Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director;
Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón
Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe
Taiwan, “Small Talk
,” Hui-Chen Huang
Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong
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