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List of European submissions to the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. 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 Film every year since the award was created in 1956. 81 countries submitted a film before the deadline. Here is the list of movies submitted from 12 European Countries.


Mustang (2015)

Country : France
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
With Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common ...

A War (2015)

Country : Denmark
Directed by Tobias Lindholm
With Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim, Søren Malling

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave ...

Home Care (2015)

Country : Czech Republic
Directed by Slávek Horák
With Alena Mihulová, Bolek Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Zuzana Krónerová

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta lives for her husband Lada, her daughter, and her patients. But then one day things change and Vlasta comes to realize that she might need some care too.

Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

Country : Germany
Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli
With André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch

A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Xenia (2014)

Country : Greece
Directed by Panos H. Koutras
With Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Yannis Stankoglou, Marissa Triandafyllidou

Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father, after their Albanian mother passes away.

Don't Be Bad (2015)

Country : Italy
Directed by Claudio Caligari
With Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Roberta Mattei, Silvia D'Amico

A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the '90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism. A world where money, luxury cars, night clubs, cocaine and synthetic drugs are easy to run. A world in which Vittorio and Cesare, in their early twenty, act in search of their success. Initiation for their ...

Sunstroke (2014)

Country : Russia
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
With Martinsh Kalita, Viktoriya Solovyova, Anastasiya Imamova, Sergey Serov

Only one night with the stranger becomes the real delusion for the main character. This 'sunstroke' doesn't release it even in most 'damned days' of death of the Russian Empire - According to the story of the same name and Ivan Bunin's diaries 'Damned days'.

Flowers (2014)

Country : Spain
Directed by Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
With Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Aizpuru, Josean Bengoetxea

Ane's life turns around when, week after week, she receives a bunch of flowers at home. Always at the same time and always without a senders note.

Iraqi Odyssey (2014)

Country : Switzerland
Directed by Samir

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation.

Sivas (2014)

Country : Turkey
Directed by Kaan Müjdeci
With Okan Avci, Cakir, Ozan Celik, Ezgi Ergin

An eleven-year-old boy and a weathered fighting dog develop a strong relationship after the boy finds the dog wounded in a ditch, left to die.

11 Minutes (2015)

Country : Poland
Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
With Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra

The lives of several Varsovians are intertwined for just 11 minutes. These minutes turn out to be crucial for their ultimate fate.

The Paradise Suite (2015)

Country : Netherlands
Directed by Joost van Ginkel
With Anjela Nedyalkova, Boris Isakovic, Erik Adelöw, Isaka Sawadogo

The Paradise Suite is a story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other's lives irreversibly. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her journey to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her grueling captivity forces the angelic African, Yaya, to fight for her freedom - a dangerous fight in which he loses everything ...

Under Milk Wood (2015)

Country : UK
Directed by Kevin Allen
With Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church, Julian Lewis Jones, Di Botcher

Residents of a fictional Welsh community share stories and poems of their life in their seaside town.

The Summer of Sangaile (2015)

Country : Lithuania
Directed by Alanté Kavaïté
With Aiste Dirziute, Julija Steponaityte, Nele Savicenko, Salkauskaite Inga

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

Baby(a)lone (2015)

Country : Luxembourg
Directed by Donato Rotunno
With Anouk Wagener, Joshua Defays, Fabienne Elaine Hollwege, Charlotte Elsen

Two troubled teens in Luxembourg act out their frustrations on the world, and slowly grow closer.

Aferim! (2015)

Country : Romania
Directed by Radu Jude
With Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin, Alexandru Dabija

Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century,...

The Brand New Testament (2015)

Country : Belgium
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
With Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (2015)

Country : Portugal
Directed by Miguel Gomes
With Crista Alfaiate, João Pedro Bénard, Margarida Carpinteiro, Chico Chapas

Son of Saul (2015)

Country : Hungary
Directed by László Nemes
With Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

Stranger (2015)

Country : Kazakhstan
Directed by Ermek Tursunov
With Roza Hairullina, Mikhail Karpov, Erzhan Nurymbet

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

Country : Sweden
Directed by Roy Andersson
With Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Country : Austria
Directed by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
With Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Hans Escher

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

The Fencer (2015)

Country : Finland
Directed by Klaus Härö
With Lembit Ulfsak, Kirill Käro, Märt Avandi, Maria Avdjushko

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Enclave (2015)

Country : Serbia
Directed by Goran Radovanovic
With Milena Jaksic, Filip Subaric, Nenad Stanojkovic, Milan Sekulic

Kosovo 2004, five years after the war. Nenad, ten years Christian boy from a Serbian enclave, determined to create a proper community burial for his late grandfather, crosses enemy lines and makes friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo.

Goat (2015)

Country : Slovakia
Directed by Ivan Ostrochovský
With Peter Baláz, Nikola Bongilajová, Stanislava Bongilajová, Ján Franek

A former Olympic boxer on a quest for his last defeat.