Strong presence of Women Filmmakers in Foreign Language Film Oscar


Women filmmakers have an impressive presence in the list of films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.Women filmmakers have an impressive presence in the list of films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

So far 83 countries have announced their selection and Ghana, Honduras and United Arab Emirates will submit theirs in the next few days. Among 83 films selected for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, 22 films are directed by woman filmmakers.

Iran is the only country represented in this list by two women filmmakers, Anahit Abad, Iranian Armenian filmmaker that her film Yeva is represented by Armenia and Narges Abyar Iranian film director that Iran has introduced her film Breath to the Academy.European lead the list of women filmmakers by 11 films.

Here is the list of the films directed by a women filmmaker and submitted for the  Best Foreign Language Film Oscar:
Afghanistan: A Letter to the President, Roya Sadat
Armenia, Yeva, Anahit Abad
Bulgaria, Glory, Kristina Grozeva (and Petar Valchanov)
Cambodia, First They Killed My Father, Angelina Jolie
Croatia, Quit Staring at My Plate, Hana Jušić
Ecuador, Alba, Ana Cristina Barragán
Georgia, Scary Mother, Ana Urushadze
Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi
Iran, Breath, Narges Abyar
Laos, Dearest Sister, Mattie Do
Luxembourg, Barrage, Laura Schroeder
Mexico, Tempstad, Tatiana Huezo
Netherlands, Lyla M., Mijke de Jong
Palestine, Wajib, Annemarie Jacir
Panama, Beyond Brotherhood, Arianne Benedetti
Paraguay, Los Buscadores, Tana Schembori (and Juan Carlos Maneglia)
Poland, Spoor, Agnieszka Holland
Singapore, Pop Aye, Kirsten Tan
Slovenia, The Miner, Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak
Spain, Summer 1993, Carla Simón
Switzerland, The Divine Order, Petra Biondina Volpe
Taiwan, Small Talk, Huang Hui-chen
Thailand, By the Time It Gets Dark, Anocha Suwichakornpong


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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