Oscar’s Foreign Film Submissions – The Women Directed Films

by Melissa Silverstein on October 7, 2010

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Sydney Levine over at Sydney’s Buzz put together a list of all the foreign films submitted for Oscar consideration. As of the writing of the piece 55 63 countries have submitted films (last year 65 did) and only 7 8 are directed by women — that’s 12.7%.

Submissions were due October 1.

Here are the women directed ones:

Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
Costa Rica – Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo
Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier
Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag
India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi
Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey
Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin
Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

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Sydney Levine October 8, 2010 at 5:30 AM

Thanks for using my blog as your starting point. It made me go back to it and revise it because now 63 countries rather than 55 have submitted films. However, the Female Factor ♀ remains the same 12.7% even though now there are 8 titles directed by women counting Costa Rico (which once had a woman president as well). This figure (more or less) seems to be an average for women directors in festivals, winning awards, etc. That’s far from a parity and remember that in U.S. 55% of theater tickets are bought by women.

Here are the 8 films directed by women:
Afghanistan – Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
Costa Rica – Of Love and Other Demons, directed by Hilda Hidalgo
Denmark – In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier
Germany – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag
India – Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi
Nicaragua – La Yuma, directed by Florence Jaugey
Norway – Angel, directed by Margreth Olin
Switzerland – La petite chambre, directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

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