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2017's Best Foreign Language Film Nominees

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Film Editor
Updated: 30 March 2017
It’s that time of year when the Oscar noms have come out and the entire film world is buzzing. The Best Foreign Language Film is always one of the most competitive, unpredictable and exciting categories. Last year, Holocaust drama Son of Saul nabbed the top prize.

Here’s what’s been nominated this year:

Toni Erdmann

Year: 2016

Country of Origin: Germany/Austria

The firm favourite, having wowed audiences at festivals last year, this comedy looks to have it in the bag. There is also plenty of hype around the two leads, which should make for an interesting awards night if they both turn up.

The Salesman

Year: 2016

Country of Origin: Iran

Iranian films tend to be favoured by international critics, and the global politics surrounding the country mean that film is one of the few means of getting an insight on the day-to-day climate in the Middle East. Not to be discounted.

Land of Mine

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Denmark

A historical drama that looks at the uncomfortable situation in the aftermath of WWII, whereby German POWs were tasked with clearing mines in Denmark. The academy never shies away from military conflict, even when it confronts us with some ugly truths.

A Man Called Ove

Year: 2015

Country: Sweden

Ostensibly a comedy about the clash between an old widower and a younger family who move into his neighbourhood, A Man Called Ove has received positive reviews, with most claiming that it has the ability to bring genuine ‘tears to the eyes’.


Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Australia

A winner at Venice Film Festival last year, this Australian-based drama (in the Nauvhal language) is deliberately evocative of Romeo and Juliet in its structure. Could its previous wins count in its favour on February 26 when the Oscars are handed out?