The Cannes Film Festival poster for Xavier Donlan film "Mommy" ©Diaphana

The Cannes Film Festival poster for Xavier Donlan film “Mommy”
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(Relaxnews) – With just a week to go until the Foreign Language category deadline hits, more than fifty countries have made their official selections for the 2015 Academy Awards.

Those titles include Cannes Jury Prize winner “Mommy,” directed by Canada’s Xavier Dolan, Brazilian LGBT favorite “The Way He Looks” from Daniel Ribiero, human migration story and South Korean choice “Sea Fog,” and “Two Days, One Night” from Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, with Marion Cotillard as its lead.

Chinese-language interests are so far represented by Hong Kong film “The Golden Era,” Ann Hui’s early 1900s biopic about the celebrated Chinese author Xiao Hong and her short but remarkable life.

Other Cannes prize winners include Palme d’Or victor “Winter Sleep” directed by Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Un Certain Regard picks “White God” from Komel Mundruczo of Hungary and “Force Majeure” from Ruben Ostlund of Sweden.

Pawel Pawilkowski’s return to Poland with “Ida” is also present, the director’s World War II-era tale of a young nun sent in search of her family and, perhaps, a life outside the convent, as is India’s National Film Awards winner “Liar’s Dice” with Nawazuddin Siddiqui of “The Lunchbox,” Geetanjali Thapa (“I.D.”), and written and directed by screen star Geetu Mohandas (short film “Kelkkunnundo” or “Are You Listening?”).

Nominations from several significant contenders are yet to come by October 1, including Italy, France, China and Argentina, whereupon the Academy will produce a shortlist of nine in November; the 2015 Academy Awards then take place February 22.

cp/kc