Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President, Lorenzo Soria with America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards nominations on Thursday December 10, 2015 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Foreign Language Films: Road To The Globes 2015

Part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s mission is to foster greater understanding through cinema. It is in that spirit that a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film is awarded each year. This year 71 films were submitted for consideration in this category representing 46 countries. Multiple films from any one country may be submitted.

In order to qualify for Foreign Language consideration, a film must have at least 51% of its dialogue in a language other than English, it must be released in its country or countries (in case of co-production) of origin between Nov. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015, and it must have an official screening for HFPA voting members. The HFPA Foreign Language category rules allow American productions that are in languages other than English. A motion picture also qualifies if censorship prevented it from being released in its country of origin, as long as it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying period.

Of these, five nominees will be announced on December 10, 2015. One will win the award on January 10, 2016.

HFPA journalists, who themselves cover Hollywood film and television for publications from over 30 countries, know that it is important to promote awareness of world cinema in the United States. It is often not easy for many of these films to gain an international audience beyond their borders. We feel it is a great privilege to experience the best the world has to offer through the eyes of authors from around the globe.

Every year we stagger from screenings bleary-eyed but gratified by the realization that few things give us an opportunity to understand other people – and realize how alike we really all are – as much as movies.

In that spirit we present here an overview of all foreign language films submitted to our consideration for the 73rd Golden Globes


11Minutes (Poland)

13 Minutes (Germany)

1944 (Estonia),

600 Miles (Mexico),

Aferim! (Romania),

Apples From The Desert (Israel),

Baba Joon (Israel)

Brand New Testament, The (Belgium)

Boss, Anatomy of a Crime, The (Argentina)

Chosen One, The (Romania)

Clan, The (Argentina)

Club, The (Chile)

Connection, The (France)

Crimean (Turkey)

Dheepan (France)

Don’t Be Bad (Italy)

Eden (France)

Far From Men (France)

Felix & Meira (Canada)

Fencer, The (Finland/Germany/ Estonia)

Four O’clock at Paradise (Syria/Algeria/Egypt)

Francis: Pray For Me (Argentina)

Gloria (Mexico)

Gone With the Bullets (China)

Goodnight Mommy (Austria)

Gulls, The (Russia)

Happy Times (Mexico)

Head Full of Honey (Germany)

Heavenly Nomadic (Kyrgyzstan)

Help, I Shrunk My Teacher (Germany)

Heneral Luna (Philippines)

High Sun, The (Croatia)

Hirchen (Germany)

Home Care (Czech Republic)

How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) (Thailand)

Ixcanul (Guatemala/France)

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Iran)

Jauja (Argentina)

Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

Lost Birds (Turkey)

Marguerite (France)

Men&Chicken (Denmark)

Men Who Save the World (Malaysia)

Mia Madre (Italy)

Midwife, The (Finland)

Moira (Georgia)

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (China)

Mountains May Depart (China)

Much Loved (Morocco)

Mustang (France)

New Girlfriend, The (France)

Our Little Sister (Japan)

Paradise Suite, The (The Netherlands)

Phoenix (Germany/Poland)

Rams (Iceland)

Rasin Mwen (Haiti)

Second Mother, The (Brazil)

Sivas (Turkey)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Stranger (Kazakhstan)

Tina Sababili:The Two of Us (South Africa)

Theeb (Jordan)

Throne, The (South Korea)

To the Fore (Hong Kong),

War, A (Denmark)

Wave, The (Norway)

Wolf Totem (China)

Utopia (Afghanistan)

Victoria (Germany)

Viva (Ireland)

You Carry Me (Montenegro/Croatia).

Serge Rakhlin

Luca Celada