The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the submissions it received for the Best Foreign Film race. The AMPAS says that it received a record 92 submissions from countries and regions around the world.
Films representing Asia include:
– Roya Sadat’s A Letter to the President (نامه ای به رییس جمهور) for Afghanistan
– The Cage (খাঁচা) for Bangladesh
– Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father (មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហមសម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ញុំ) – produced by Rithy Panh – for Cambodia
– Record-setting action blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 (戰狼2) for China
– Indie mental illness drama Mad World (一念無明) for Hong Kong,
– Newton for India
– Turah for Indonesia
– Tearjerker Her Love Boils Bathwater (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛) for Japan
– The Road to Mother (Анаға апарар жол) for Kazakhstan
– Centaur (Кентавр) – which is playing in competition at this year’s Tokyo FilmEx – for Kyrgyzstan
– Mattie Do’s horror film Dearest Sister (ນ້ອງຮັກ) for Laos – the country’s first submissions in this category.
– The Children of Genghis for Mongolia
– White Sun (सेतो सुर्य) for Nepal
– Saawan (ساون) for Pakistan
– Mikhail Red’s Birdshot for Philippines
– Thailand-set road drama Pop Aye for Singapore
– Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) for South Korea
– Documentary Small Talk (日常對話) for Taiwan
– By the Time It Gets Dark (ดาวคะนอง) for Thailand
– Father and Son (Cha cõng con) for Vietnam
These films will face off against festival circuit favorites such as AIDS activism drama Beats Per Minute (BPM) from France, Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Square from Sweden, Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul, and Michael Haneke’s Happy End.
The last Asian film to make it to the final five was Panh’s French-Cambodian production The Missing Picture. It lost to Italy’s The Great Beauty.
A nine-film shortlist will first be announced in December, followed by the final five nominated films along with the rest of the nominations on January 23, 2018.