The shortlisted films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Juan Jose Campanella, director
Australia, “Samson & Delilah” Warwick Thornton, director;
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner” Stephan Komandarev, director;
France, “Un Prophete” Jacques Audiard, director;
Germany, “The White Ribbon” Michael Haneke, director;
Israel, “Ajami” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, directors;
Kazakhstan, “Kelin” Ermek Tursunov, director;
The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime” Martin Koolhoven, director;
Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow” Claudia Llosa, director.
Here's hoping Thornton and producer Kath Shelper can somehow pull off a minor movie miracle and get a nomination. Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar will be presenting the category at the ceremony in march and we can only dream that they will call it out. It seems that they particularly liked South America this year, too, so it's a shame that Chile didn't have half a brain and submit The Maid. That would have been another particularly inspired choice if it had been submitted and made the list. I was incredibly mixed on that film when I saw it back in August at MIFF, but I have since swung very positive towards it for those interested.