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Oct 10 2018

Oscar's Foreign Race Pt 4 - Debuting Filmmakers

Previously:All 87 foreign language film contenders,all the trailers we could find(we're missing just two) along with screening information,andthe 20 female directors submitted.  Okay,part four now...


First time's the charm.26 of the 87 films Oscar-submitted by their home country are for directors making their debut.That's an extraordinary honor if you stop to think about it!Would you like to meet them?That's rhetorical as I'll hope you'll click ahead to do so...

Asim Abbasiis a Pakistani director making his feature debut withCake.He previously made short films.You can follow him on Twitter.

More newbies after the jump...

Lukas Dhont's debutGirlis Belgium's submission.The 27 year-old director (the youngest director from any of the 87 films) won the Camera d'Or at Cannes this summer for this trans ballerina drama.You can follow him on Instagram.

Gustav Möller's career is off to a great start.The 30 year-old director's debut Danish feature about a police officer trying to save a kidnapped woman won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance.Though Gustav was born in Sweden,he went to film school in Denmark.The Guiltyopens October 19th in select cities in the US.Möller has already signed with WME in the States so expect new projects to line up.

Gojko Berkuljanmakes his directorial feature debut with Montenegro'sIskra.He previously worked mostly on short films and documentaries.

Gustavo Rondón Córdovadebut featureThe Familyis Venezuela's submission after a great run which included 35 film festivals.The 41 year-old director is from Caracas and studied film in the Czech Republic.He previously made several shorts.You can follow him on TwitterorInstagram.

Ofir Raul Graizer,a 37 year old gay Israeli director,made his first short in 2007.The Cakemakeris his first full length feature and after winning big at Israel's Ophir Awards, it became Israel's submission.You can preorder the gay drama on iTunes.

Huang Hsin-yaois a 45 year-old director from Taiwan who previously made a couple of documentaries and shorts before helming Taiwan's submissionThe Great Buddha+whichyou can stream on iTunes.

Konstantin Khabenskiyis someone whose face you might recognize having starred in numerous films in Russia.He's also appeared in American films,too.But the 46 year old actor has stepped behind the camera (while staying in front of it) for his directorial debutSobibor.

Ivan Salajhas previously made short films,TV movies,and taken part in group directorial efforts but is making his traditional theatrical directorial debut with Croatia's comic submissionThe Eighth Commissioner.

Abu Bakr Shawkyis an Egyptian-Austrian writer/director.His debutYomeddinepremiered at Cannes where it was honored with the François Chalais Award though it lost the Camera d'Or to Belgium'sGirl.

Gjorce Stavrevskiis a 40 year old shorts filmmaker graduating to features with the Macedonian submissionSecret Ingredient.

Govina Van Maeleis a 35 year old Belgian filmmaker.His filmography was mostly documentaries and camera work prior to his narrative feature debutGutland,now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Likarion Wainainais a 31 year-old Kenyan filmmaker who was born in Russia.After short films and a TV series he makes his feature debut with inspirational sick child dramaSupa Modo.You can follow him on Twitter.

Mike Wiluanis a producer (credits includeCrazy Rich Asians,Hitman Agent 47,and many more) who occassionally acts,too.He's taking his first turn behind the camera as a film director with the Singaporean submissionBuffalo Boys(which he also acts in).His next project is a TV series for HBO Asia calledGrisse.

Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Ariashas made two documentary features and shorts before butCocote,the Dominican Republic's submission,is the 33 year old director's first narrative feature.His film won the 'Signs of Life Award' at Locarno (pictured above).

Jamaicanoproblemis a Producer who has moved into the co-director's chair with Ecuador's submissionASon of Man.(The film's other director is Pablo Aguero who has four or five films under his belt)

We already discussedthe female directorsyesterday but,once again,the 10 debuting directors among that particular list were...

Rungano Nyonifor the UKI Am Not a Witch
Yasmine Chouikhfor AlgeriaUntil the End of Time
Sophie Dupuisfor CanadaFamily Ties
Cristina Gallegofor ColombiaBirds of Passage
Rahmatou Keïtafor NigerThe Wedding Ring
Alexandra Latishev Salazarfor Costa RicaMedea
Kay Nguyenfor VietnamThe Tailor
Darya Zhukfor BelarusCrystal Swan
Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalofor EstoniaTake It Or Leave It
Blerta Zeqirifor KosovoThe Marriage

more to come...

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FILMMAKERS!You can read more about the filmshere,seethe current predictions,and watch all the submission trailers.We aim to provide you with the best foreign film Oscar coverage on the web each year!

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Reader Comments (4)

actually Lukas Dhont does have Instagram account and he's been posting regluarly there

October 10,2018 | Unregistered Commentereduardo

eduardo -- thanks.weird that i didn't find that on my search.updated.

October 10,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The Heiresses is Marcelo Martinessi´s feature debut,previously doing shorts and docs

October 10,2018 | Unregistered CommenterChatan

So many handsome dudes,which is always <3 <3 <3 but also,wish more women were debuting,too.

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDavid S.

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