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Oscars 2021: Best International Feature Film — Official Submissions

This is a complete list of all official film submissions for the 2021 Oscar race in the International Feature category.

The deadline for countries to enter their official submissions is December 1, 2020. In order to be considered for a nomination, all entries must include dialogue that is primarily not in the English language. All films must be released in their country of origin between October 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Ten selections will be announced for the shortlist on February 9. From those ten, the Academy will determine the five nominees for Best International Feature Film.

The We Live Awards team will be updating this list on a regular basis whenever new titles are announced.

*: indicates a country or territory’s very first submission

AlbaniaOpen Door (Derë e hapur), dir. Florenc Papas

AlgeriaHéliopolis, dir. Djaâfar Gacem

Argentina: The Sleepwalkers (Los sonámbulos), dir. Paula Hernández

Armenia: Songs of Solomon, dir. Arman Nshanyan

AustriaWhat We Wanted (Was wir wollten), dir. Ulrike Kofler
Streaming on Netflix

Bangladesh: Sincerely Yours, Dhaka, Eleven directors
Streaming on Netflix

Belarus: Persian Lessons, dir. Vadim Perelman
Cohen Media Group; US release date TBA

BelgiumWorking Girls (Filles de joie), dir. Frédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich

BhutanLunana: A Yak in the Classroom, dir. Pawo Choyning Dorji

Bolivia: Chaco, dir. Diego Mondaca

Bosnia and HerzogovinaQuo Vadis, Aïda, dir. Jasmila Žbanić

BrazilBabenco: Tell Me When I Die (Babenco: Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou), dir. Bárbara Paz

BulgariaThe Father (Bashtata), dir. Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

Canada: Funny Boydir. Deepa Mehta
Netflix, Available on December 10

Chile: The Mole Agent (El agente topo), dir. Maite Alberdi
Gravitas Ventures, Streaming on Hulu

China: Leap, dir. Peter Chan

Columbia: Forgotten We’ll Be (El olvido que seremos), dir. Fernando Trueba
Cohen Media Group, US release date TBA

Costa Rica: Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra), dir. Sofía Quirós

Croatia: Extracurricular (Dopunska nastava), dir. Ivan-Goran Vitez

Czech Republic: Charlatan (Šarlatán), dir. Agnieszka Holland

Denmark: Another Round (Druk), dir. Thomas Vinterberg
Samuel Goldwyn Films; In theaters 12/4, Streaming 12/18

Dominican Republic: A State of Madness (Mis 500 locos), dir. Leticia Tonos
Global Genesis Group; US release date TBA

Ecuador: Emptiness (Vacio), dir. Paul Venegas

Egypt: When We’re Born, dir. Tamer Ezzat

Estonia: The Last Ones (Viimased), dir. Veiko Õunpuu

Finland: Tove, dir. Zaida Bergroth
Nordisk Films: US release date TBA

France: Two of Us, dir. Filippo Meneghetti
Magnolia Pictures; In theaters 2/5/2021

Georgia: Beginning (Dasatskisi), dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili

Germany: And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt), dir. Julia von Heinz

Greece: Apples (Mila), dir. Christos Nikou
Cohen Media Group; US release date TBA

Guatamala: La Llorona, dir. Jayro Bustamente
Streaming on Shudder

Hong Kong: Better Days, dir. derek Tsang
Well Go USA Entertainment; Streaming on Amazon Prime

Hungary: Preparations to Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time, dir. Lili Horvát

Iceland: Agnes Joy, dir. Silja Hauksdóttir

India: Jallikattu, dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery
Streaming on Amazon Prime

IndonesiaImpetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam), dir. Joko Anwar
Streaming on Shudder

Iran: The Sun (Khōrshīd), dir. Majid Majidi
Celluloid Dreams; US release date TBA

Ireland: Monster (Arracht), dir. Tom Sullivan

Israel: Asia, dir. Ruthy Pribar

Italy: Notturno, dir. Gianfranco Rosi

Ivory Coast: Night of the Kings (La Nuit des rois), dir. Phillippe Lacôte
Neon; US release date TBA

Japan: True Mothers (Asa ga Kuru), dir. Naomi Kawase
Kino Films; US release date TBA

Jordan: 200 Meters, dir. Ameen Nayfeh

Kazakhstan: The Crying Steppe, dir. Marina Kunarova

Kenya: The Letter (Barua), dir. Maia Lekow, Chris King

Kosovo: Exile (Exil), dir. Visar Morina

Kyrgyzstan: Running to the Sky, dir. Mirlan Abdykalykov
Pluto; US release date TBA

Latvia: Blizzard of Souls (aka The Rifleman), dir. Dzintars Dreibergs

Lebanon: Broken Keys, dir. Jimmy Keyrouz

*Lesotho: This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, dir. Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Lithuania: Nova Lituania, dir. Karolis Kaupinis
Streaming on Mubi

Luxembourg: River Tales (Cuentos del rio), dir. Julie Schroell

Malaysia: Roh, dir. Emir Ezwan

Mexico: I’m No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí), dir. Fernando Frías de la Parra
Streaming on Netflix

Montenegro: Breasts (Grudi), dir. Marija Perović

Morocco: The Unknown Saint, dir. Alaa Edine Aljem
The Match Factory; US release date TBA

Netherlands: Buladó, dir. Éche Janga

Nigeria: The Milkmaid, dir. Desmond Ovbiagele

North Macedonia: Willow (Vrba), dir. Milcho Manchevski

Norway: Hope (Håp), dir. Maria Sødahl

Pakistan: Zindagi Tamasha (Circus of Life), dir. Sarmad Khoosat

Palestine: Gaza mon amour, dir. Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser

Panama: Causa Justa, dir. Luis Franco Brantley, Luis Pacheco

Peru: Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre), dir. Melina León
Film Movement; Virtual cinemas release

Philippines: Mindanao, dir. Brillante Mendoza

Poland: Never Gonna Snow Again (Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie), dir. Malgrozata Szumowska, Michal Englert
Kino Lorber; US release date TBA

Portugal: Listen, dir. Ana Rocha de Sousa

Romania: Collective (Colectiv), dir. Alexander Nanau
Magnolia Pictures/Participant; Virtual cinemas release

Russia: Dear Comrades! (Dorogie tovarishchi!), dir. Andrei Konchalovsky
Neon; US release date TBA

Serbia: Dara in Jasenovac, dir. Predrag Antonijević

Singapore: Wet Season, dir. Anthony Chen

Slovakia: The Auschwitz Report (Správa), dir. Peter Bebjak

Slovenia: Stories from the Chestnut Woods (Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov), dir. Gregor Božič

South Africa: Toorbos, dir. Rene van Rooyen

South Korea: The Man Standing Next (Mansanui bujangdeul), dir. Woo Min-ho
MPI Media Group/ Capelight Pictures; US release date TBA

Spain The Endless Trench (La tinchera infinita)dir. Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi, Jose Mari Goenaga
Streaming on Netflix

*Sudan: You Will Die at 20, dir. Amjad Abu Alala

*Suriname: Wiren, dir. Ivan Tai-Apin

Sweden: Charter, dir. Amanda Kernell

Switzerland: My Little Sister (Schwesterlein), dir. Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

Taiwan: A Sun (Yángguāng Pǔzhào), dir. Chung Mong-hong
Streaming on Netflix

Thailand: Happy Old Year, dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Streaming on Netflix

Tunisia: The Man Who Sold His Skin (L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau), dir. Kaouther Ben Hania

Turkey: Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7. Koğuştaki Mucize), dir. Mehmet Ada Öztekin
Available to rent

Ukraine: Atlantis (Atlantida), dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych
Grasshopper Film; US release date TBA

Uruguay: Alelí, dir. Leticia Jorge

Uzbekistan: 2000 Songs of Farida, dir. Yalkin Tuychiev

Venezuela: Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (Erase Una Vez en Venezuela, Congo Mirador), dir. Anabel Rodríguez Rios)

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