PH’s ‘Mindanao,’ Korea’s ‘The Man Standing Next’ qualify for consideration at Oscars

Published February 2, 2021, 10:28 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Mindanao’ and ‘The Man Standing Next’ (Instagram, Korean Film Council)

Filipino film “Mindanao” and the Korean movie “The Man Standing Next” have been chosen as among 93 entries eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the feature films eligible to be considered in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature and International Feature Film categories for this year’s Oscars that will be held on April 25.

AMPAS said 93 countries submitted entries for the International Feature Film category, formerly Best Foreign Language Film.

“Mindanao” is headlined by Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon while Lee Byung-hun stars in “The Man Standing Next.”

The Academy defined an international feature film “as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly (more than 50 percent) non-English dialogue track.”

This year, Lesotho, Sudan and Suriname became first-time entrants. The Board of Governors of AMPAS earlier decided to expand the shortlist to 15 from 10.

The shortlist will be announced on Feb. 9 and the nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on March 15.

Here are the films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards:

Albania, “Open Door”

Argentina, “The Sleepwalkers”

Armenia, “Songs of Solomon”

Austria, “What We Wanted”

Bangladesh, “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka”

Belgium, “Working Girls”

Bolivia, “Chaco”

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

Brazil, “Babenco – Tell Me When I Die”

Bulgaria, “The Father”

Cambodia, “Fathers”

Cameroon, “The Fisherman’s Diary”

Canada, “14 Days, 12 Nights”

Chile, “The Mole Agent”

China, “Leap”

Colombia, “El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father)”

Costa Rica, “Land of Ashes”

Croatia, “Extracurricular”

Cuba, “Buscando a Casal”

Czech Republic, “Charlatan”

Denmark, “Another Round”

Dominican Republic, “A State of Madness”

Ecuador, “Emptiness”

Egypt, “When We’re Born”

Estonia, “The Last Ones”

Finland, “Tove”

France, “Two of Us”

Georgia, “Beginning”

Germany, “And Tomorrow the Entire World”

Greece, “Apples”

Guatemala, “La Llorona”

Honduras, “Days of Light”

Hong Kong, “Better Days”

Hungary, “Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”

Iceland, “Agnes Joy”

India, “Jallikattu”

Indonesia, “Impetigore”

Iran, “Sun Children”

Ireland, “Arracht”

Israel, “Asia”

Italy, “Notturno”

Ivory Coast, “Night of the Kings”

Japan, “True Mothers”

Jordan, “200 Meters”

Kazakhstan, “The Crying Steppe”

Kenya, “The Letter”

Kosovo, “Exile”

Kyrgyzstan, “Running to the Sky”

Latvia, “Blizzard of Souls”

Lebanon, “Broken Keys”

Lesotho, “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”

Lithuania, “Nova Lituania”

Luxembourg, “River Tales”

Malaysia, “Roh”

Mexico, “I’m No Longer Here”

Mongolia, “Veins of the World”

Montenegro, “Breasts”

Morocco, “The Unknown Saint”

Netherlands, “Buladó”

Nigeria, “The Milkmaid”

North Macedonia, “Willow”

Norway, “Hope”

Pakistan, “Circus of Life”

Palestine, “Gaza Mon Amour”

Panama, “Operation Just Cause”

Paraguay, “Killing the Dead”

Peru, “Song without a Name”

Philippines, “Mindanao”

Poland, “Never Gonna Snow Again”

Portugal, “Vitalina Varela”

Romania, “Collective”

Russia, “Dear Comrades!”

Saudi Arabia, “Scales”

Senegal, “Nafi’s Father”

Serbia, “Dara of Jasenovac”

Singapore, “Wet Season”

Slovakia, “The Auschwitz Report”

Slovenia, “Stories from the Chestnut Woods”

South Africa, “Toorbos”

South Korea, “The Man Standing Next”

Spain, “The Endless Trench”

Sudan, “You Will Die at Twenty”

Suriname, “Wiren”

Sweden, “Charter”

Switzerland, “My Little Sister”

Taiwan, “A Sun”

Thailand, “Happy Old Year”

Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

Turkey, “Miracle in Cell No. 7”

Ukraine, “Atlantis”

Uruguay, “Aleli”

Venezuela, “Once upon a Time in Venezuela”

Vietnam, “Dreamy Eyes”