Oscar 2017: Rise of Women Directors in Foreign Language Films

I am delighted to report that this year’s submissions foe the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar have broken several records.

First, it’s the largest entries in contention in the 60 year history of this category.  No less than 85 countries–Yemen for the first time–have submitted their features.  The previous record was in 2014, which saw 83 entries.

Second and more significantly, 16 of the 85 submitted films (about 19 percent) are directed by women.

They are (in alphabetical order):

Maren Ade

Khadija al-Salami

Leyla Bouzid

Pietra Brettkelly

Rusudan Gluridze

Kadri Koussar

Mai Masri

Laha Mebow

Laila Pakalnina

Tunky Mona Riza

Mananr Rodriguez Maria Schrader

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Paula van der Oest

Julia Vargas-Weise

Elite Zexer