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List of European Submissions to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language.A record total of 89 countries submitted a film before the deadline and 85 were accepted. Here is the list of European submissions to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.


Elle (France)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
With Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Directed by Maren Ade
With Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter.

Fire at Sea (Italy)

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
With Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Pietro Bartolo, Samuele Caruana

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Under the Shadow (U.K)

Directed by Babak Anvari
With Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Julieta (Spain)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
With Adriana Ugarte, Michelle Jenner, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suárez

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Land of Mine (Denmark)

Directed by Martin Zandvliet
With Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.

Ray (Russia)

Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy
With Yuliya Vysotskaya, Philippe Duquesne, Viktor Sukhorukov, Peter Kurth

Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.

Lost in Munich (Czech Republic)

Directed by Petr Zelenka
With Václav Neuzil, Jana Plodková, Alena Doláková, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo

Sir 'P' a 90 year old gray parrot, formerly living with Edouard Daladier, the French prime minister responsible for signing the Munich Treaty, comes to Prague to give his 'account' of the past events. But can he do it, being just a bird? In a series of weird events sir is kidnapped by a Czech journalist undergoing his midlife crisis. The guy has him publicly say some really controversial ...

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Austria)

Directed by Maria Schrader
With Tómas Lemarquis, Barbara Sukowa, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Josef Hader

Before Dawn charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the 'right attitude' towards the events in war torn Europe and his search for a new home.

Afterimage (Poland)

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
With Boguslaw Linda, Aleksandra Justa, Bronislawa Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz

The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda returns with this passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski (brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda), who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art.

Letters from War (Portugal)

Directed by Ivo Ferreira
With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova, Ricardo Pereira, João Pedro Vaz

Based on António Lobo Antunes's novel, a collection of letters written by a young soldier, doctor and a aspirant writer, to his wife while he was serving in Angola between 1971 and 1973, during the Portuguese Colonial War, a war between Portugal with its former overseas provinces.

Kills on Wheels (Humgary)

Directed by Attila Till
With Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Ádám Fekete, Mónika Balsai

Two disabled teenagers looking for a reason to live, team up with a wheelchaired hitman.

The Ardennes (Belgium)

Directed by Robin Pront
With Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

Tonio (Netherlands)

Directed by Paula van der Oest
With Pierre Bokma, Rifka Lodeizen, Chris Peters, Stefanie van Leersum

After 21-year-old student Tonio dies in a traffic accident, his novelist parents face sorrow and regret as they suffer the agony of losing their only child.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Finland)

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen
With Oona Airola, Jarkko Lahti, Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Ukrainian Sheriffs (Ukraine)

Directed by Roman Bondarchuk

A tragicomic portrait of a two-man team of sheri�s in a remote Ukrainian village disturbed by everyday incidents and political developments.

My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland)

Directed by Claude Barras
With Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Courgette is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his ...

Chevalier (Greece)

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
With Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his ...

Voices from Chernobyl (Luxemberg)

Directed by Pol Cruchten
With Dinara Drukarova, Camille Saltet de Sablet d'Estières, Marc Citti, Yves Pignot

This film does not deal with Chernobyl, but rather with the world of Chernobyl, about which we know very little. Eyewitness reports have survived: scientists, teachers, journalists, couples, children... They tell of their old daily lives, then of the catastrophe. Their voices form a long, terrible but necessary supplication which traverses borders and stimulates us to question our status quo.

Sieranevada (Romania)

Directed by Cristi Puiu
With Mimi Branescu, Mirela Apostu, Eugenia Bosânceanu, Ilona Brezoianu

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

Directed by Hannes Holm
With Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Zozan Akgün, Tobias Almborg

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Train Driver's Diary (Serbia)

Directed by Milos Radovic
With Lazar Ristovski, Petar Korac, Pavle Eric, Mirjana Karanovic

Statistics show that during their career every railroad engineer working unintentionally kills 15 to 20 people. This is a story about the innocent mass murderers and their lives.

Houston, We Have a Problem (Slovenia)

Directed by Ziga Virc

Explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s.

Chromium (Albania)

Directed by Bujar Alimani. With Frefjon Ruci, Klodjana Keco, Mirela Naska, Kasem Hoxha. While a mute and lonely mother lives a life that is far from easy, she nevertheless bares her lot with dignity and courage. Her 15-year-old son is trying to stand on his own two feet, but in so doing he only complicates the grim situation in the family.

Eva Nová (2015)

Directed by Marko Sko
With Emília Vásáryová, Milan Ondrík, Zofia Martisová, Anikó Varga

Eva would do anything to regain the love of the one she hurt the most - her son. She is a recovered alcoholic but decades ago she was a famous actress.

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