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Oscars International Race Hits 92 Entries, One Short of All-Time Record

All of the films have now been placed in groups and assigned to voters in the category

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Ninety-two films have been entered in the Oscar race for Best International Feature Film, one less than the category’s record of 93 set in 2020 and tied last year.

The 92 films do not constitute the Academy’s official list of qualifying films, which will likely be announced in early December before the start of shortlist voting. But Academy members who volunteered to participate in that first round of voting have been split into 11 different groups, and those 92 movies make up the films that voters have been asked to view and consider.  

The group assignments were emailed to Academy members on Friday, and TheWrap has assembled this list from the films assigned to the 11 different groups.

There is still a chance that some films could fail to meet all of the qualifying criteria and be dropped from the final list. Last year, though, every one of the 93 films assigned to voters ended up on the official AMPAS list in the category.

The highest profile films in the race this year include “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” (Mexico), “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany), “Decision to Leave” (South Korea), “Close” (Belgium), “Corsage” (Austria), “War Sailor” (Norway), “Saint Omer” (France), “Argentina, 1985” (Argentina), “Holy Spider” (Denmark) and “Return to Seoul” (Cambodia), among others.

Malta previously announced that it had submitted Valerie Buhagiar’s “Carmen,” but that film was not on any of the assignment lists.  

Voting rules for the international feature award have changed this year. In the past, voters were separated into four or five groups, and each group was given a list of about 20 films, with instructions to see a certain number of films (last year, 12) from that list. This year, there are more groups but only eight or nine films in each group. Voters are required to see all of the films from their group for their vote to count.

In place of the in-person screenings of eligible films that were held in pre-pandemic years, all films will be available in a special Academy Screening Room platform devoted to the category. At the time the group assignments were made on Friday, 78 of the 92 films were on the platform, with new films added every Friday and an Academy email stating that all the films would be available on the platform by Nov. 11.

Shortlist voting begins on Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 15, with a shortlist of 15 films announced on Dec. 21.

In place of the in-person screenings of the eligible films that were held in pre-pandemic years, all films will be available in a special Academy Screening Room platform devoted to the category. At the time the group assignments were made on Friday, 78 of the 92 films were on the platform, with an Academy email stating that all the films would be available on the platform by Nov. 11.

Shortlist voting begins on Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 10, with a shortlist of 15 films announced on Dec. 21.

TheWrap has compiled a full list of the contenders, with descriptions of each film and links to subtitled trailers when available. 

Here is the list of the 92 films that were assigned to voters:

Albania: “A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On”
Algeria: “Our Brothers”
Argentina: “Argentina, 1985”
Armenia: “Aurora’s Sunrise”
Australia: “You Won’t Be Alone”
Austria: “Corsage”
Azerbaijan: “Creators”

Bangladesh: “Hawa”
Belgium: “Close”
Bolivia: “Utama”
Bosnia and Herzegovina: “A Ballad”
Brazil: “Mars One”
Bulgaria: “In the Heart of the Machine”

Cambodia: “Return to Seoul”
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”
Dominican Republic: “Bantú Mama”
Ecuador: “Lo Invisible”
Estonia: “Kalev”

Finland: “Girl Picture”
France: “Saint Omer”

Georgia: “A Long Break”
Germany: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
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”
Iraq: “The Exam”
Ireland: “The Quiet Girl”
Israel: “Cinema Sabaya”
Italy: “Nostalgia”

Japan: “Plan 75”
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”
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”
Portugal: “Alma Viva”

Romania: “Imaculat”

Saudi Arabia: “Raven Song”
Senegal: “Xalé”
Serbia: “Darkling”
Singapore: “Ajoomma”
Slovakia: “Victim”
Slovenia: “Orchestra”
South Korea: “Decision to Leave”
Spain: “Alcarràs”
Sweden: “Boy From Heaven”
Switzerland: “A Piece of Sky”

Taiwan: “Goddamned Asura”
Tanzania: “Tug of War”
Thailand: “One for the Road”
Tunisia: “Under the Fig Trees”
Turkey: “Kerr”

Uganda: “Tembele”
Ukraine: “Klondike”
United Kingdom: “Winners”
Uruguay: “The Employer and the Employee”

Venezuela: “The Box”
Vietnam: “578: Magnum”