Half of Best Foreign Language Film Candidates to Screen in Palm Springs

Palm Springs International Film Festival offers large selection of foreign submissions

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival will showcase 40 films submitted for Best Foreign Language Film, including The Second Mother from Brazil.
Photo courtesy of The Second Mother


Half of the 80 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film will screen at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, scheduled Jan. 1-11.

The films selected will compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section. The Awards Buzz section is selected by Festival programmers as the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. A special jury of international film critics will review these films to present the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress in this category. 

Additional film programs will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The following 40 films are selected to screen (in alphabetical order by country):

Bota (Albania), Directors: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
• The Clan (Argentina), Director: Pablo Trapero
The Brand New Testament (Belgium), Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Our Everyday Life (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Director: Ines Tanović
The Second Mother (Brazil), Director: Anna Muylaert
The Judgement (Bulgaria), Director: Stephan Komandarev
Felix and Meira (Canada), Director: Maxime Giroux
The Club (Chile), Director: Pablo Larraín
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), Director: Ciro Guerra
The High Sun (Croatia), Director: Dalibor Matanic
Home Care (Czech Republic), Director: Director: Slávek Horák
A War (Denmark), Director: Tobias Lindholm
1944 (Estonia), Director: Elmo Nüganen
Lamb (Ethiopia), Director: Yared Zeleke
The Fencer (Finland), Director: Klaus Härö
Mustang (France), Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Labyrinth of Lies (Germany), Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Ixcanul (Guatemala), Director: Jayro Bustamante
• Son of Saul (Hungary), Director: László Nemes
Rams (Iceland), Director: Grimur Hákonarson
Viva (Ireland), Director: Paddy Breathnach
Baba Joon (Israel), Director: Yuval Delshad
100 Yen Love (Japan), Director: Masaharu Take
Theeb (Jordan), Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Babai (Kosovo), Director: Visar Morina
Heavenly Nomadic (Kyrgyzstan), Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov
600 Miles (Mexico), Director: Gabriel Ripstein
The Paradise Suite (Netherlands), Director: Joost van Ginkel
The Wave (Norway), Director: Roar Uthaug
Moor (Pakistan), Director: Jami Mahmood
11 Minutes (Poland), Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One (Portugal), Director: Miguel Gomes
Aferim! (Romania), Director: Radu Jude
Enclave (Serbia), Director: Goran Radovanović
Flowers (Spain), Directors: Jon  Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Sweden), Director: Roy Andersson
Iraqi Odyssey (Switzerland), Director: Samir
The Assassin (Taiwan), Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (Thailand), Director: Josh Kim
Sivas (Turkey), Director: Kaan Müjdeci

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