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There are 49 films in line for five nominations and one Oscar in the Foreign language category, down from 55 last year, but still fiercely competitive – and including a Touch of Spice, currently playing in Australia. Among the better known directors in the list are Daniel Burman, Zhang Yimou, Lars von Trier, Bernd Eichinger, Bahman Ghobadi and Alejandro Amenabar.

The rest of the nominations for the 77th Academy Awards will be announced on January 25, 2005 and the Oscars will be presented on February 27, 2005.

Afghanistan, "Earth and Ashes," directed by Atiq Rahimi
Argentina, "A Lost Embrace," directed by Daniel Burman
Austria, "Antares," directed by Gotz Spielmann
Belgium, "The Alzheimer Case," directed by Erik Van Looy
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Days and Hours," directed by Pjer Zalica
Brazil, "Olga," directed by Jayme Monjardim
Bulgaria, "Mila from Mars," directed by Zornitsa Sophia
Canada, "Far Side of the Moon," directed by Robert Lapage
Chile, "Machuca," directed by Andrés Wood
China, "House of Flying Daggers," directed by Zhang Yimou
Croatia, "Long Dark Night," directed by Antun Vrdoljak
Czech Republic, "Up and Down," directed by Jan Hrebejk
Denmark, "The Five Obstructions," directed by Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier
Ecuador, "Chronicles," directed by Sebastián Cordero
Egypt, "I Love Cinema," directed by Osama Fawzy
Estonia, "Revolution of Pigs," directed by Karlo Funk
Finland, "Producing Adults," directed by Aleksi Salmenperä
France, "The Chorus," directed by Christophe Barratier
Germany, "Downfall," directed by Bernd Eichinger
Greece, "A Touch of Spice," directed by Tassos Boulmetis
Hungary, "Kontroll," directed by Nimród Antal
Iceland, "Cold Light," directed by Hilmar Oddsson
India, "Shwaas," directed by Sandeep Sawant
Iran, "Turtles Can Fly," directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Israel, "Campfire," directed by Joseph Cedar
Italy, "The House Keys," directed by Gianni Amelio
Japan, "Nobody Knows," directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Korea, "Tae Guk Gi," directed by Kang Je-gyu
Macedonia, "The Great Water," directed by Ivo Trajikov
Malaysia, "A Legendary Love," directed by Saw Teong Hin
Mexico, "Innocent Voices," directed by Luis Mandoki
The Netherlands, "Simon," directed by Eddy Terstall
Norway, "Hawaii, Oslo," directed by Erik Poppe
Palestine, "The Olive Harvest," directed by Hanna Elias
Philippines, "Crying Ladies," directed by Mark Meily
Poland, "The Welts," directed by Magdalena Piekorz
Portugal, "The Miracle According to Salomé," directed by Mário Barroso
Romania, "Orient-Express," directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu
Russia, "Night Watch," directed by Timolir Bekmambetov
Serbia and Montenegro, "Goose Feather," directed by Ljubisa Samardzic
Slovenia, "Beneath Her Window," directed by Metod Pevec
South Africa, "Yesterday," directed by Darrell Roodt
Spain, "The Sea Inside," directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Sweden, "As in Heaven," directed by Kay Pollak
Switzerland, "Mein Name Ist Bach," directed by Dominique de Rivaz
Taiwan, "20 : 30 : 40," directed by Sylvia Chang
Thailand, "The Overture," directed by Itthisoontorn Vichailak
Uruguay, "Whisky," directed by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll
Venezuela, "Punto y Raya," directed by Elia Schneider

Published October 28, 2004

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