2018 Best Foreign Language Film Submissions Ranked

A ranked rundown of this year's official submissions in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. (Ranked by preference, not by likelihood of winning.)

  • Roma

    1.Roma

    Mexico Review

    Watching Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was what it must have felt like to be among the audience to see Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves or Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura for the first time.

  • Birds of Passage

    2.Birds of Passage

    Colombia Review

    A sweeping, suspenseful, and visually awesome epic that reinvigorates the cartel genre.

  • Capernaum

    3.Capernaum

    Lebanon Review

    Nadine Labaki's touching drama is a triumph that walks a razor’s edge between heart-wrenching emotion and sentimentality without tripping.

  • Woman at War

    4.Woman at War

    Iceland
    A fun tale of eco-anarchy with an offbeat sense of humour.

  • Never Look Away

    5.Never Look Away

    Germany

    Personal, beautifully shot portrait of keeping history and memory alive through art.

  • Cold War

    6.Cold War

    Poland

    'Ida' is even better as a musical.

  • I Am Not a Witch

    7.I Am Not a Witch

    United Kingdom Review

    "What makes you think she's a witch?"
    "Well, she turned me into a newt!"
    "A newt?"
    "... I got better. "

  • Sunset

    8.Sunset

    Hungary
    Laszlo Nemes once again does this 'follow people from behind while looking at the backs of their heads' thing, but this time with better hats.

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    9.Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Indonesia Review

    The gleeful bloodbath for the #MeToo era.

  • Shoplifters

    10.Shoplifters

    Japan

    The sweetest Cannes winner ever?

  • Donbass

    11.Donbass

    Ukraine

    Tragedy and comedy walk side by side in this offbeat series of vignettes that excavate history.

  • Burning

    12.Burning

    South Korea Review

    Slow (adj) ˈslō : not hasty or precipitate

  • The Angel

    13.The Angel

    Argentina

    The far better "wannabe mobster twink" drama of the list. Canada's "Family First" doesn't have a chance!

  • What Will People Say

    14.What Will People Say

    Norway TIFF Platform Report

    Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink drama is compelling, but boo-uns to Norway for not sending Blind Spot

  • The Great Buddha+

    15.The Great Buddha+

    Taiwan

    WTF+

  • The Cakemaker

    16.The Cakemaker

    Israel

    The sweet and charming bisexual Israeli "Waitress" your grandma will love.

  • Omnipresent

    17.Omnipresent

    Bulgaria Review

    Creepy.

  • Beauty and the Dogs

    18.Beauty and the Dogs

    Tunisia

    When these long take tricks work, they're wonderful. When they don't, they feel horribly like protracted exercises in style over substance.

  • The Guilty

    19.The Guilty

    Denmark

    Like 'Locke,' the scenario of having one person in one location talking on the phone for an entire movie is a gimmick that runs out of gas VERY quickly. Ridiculous!

  • Border

    20.Border

    Sweden

    How do Trolls date in the age of Tinder?

  • Family First

    21.Family First

    Canada Review

    Why did we send this film?

  • Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

    22.Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

    Panama Review

    A nice puff piece, but that's all.

  • Cocote

    23.Cocote

    Dominican Republic

    Bizarre!

  • Gutland

    24.Gutland

    Luxembourg

    Not even the 'Phantom Thread' stans can save this one.