Oscars Predictions: International Feature – Is ‘Zone of Interest’ the New Frontrunner or Will ‘The Taste of Things’ Bring France Its First Win in 30 Years?
Oscars Predictions: International Feature – Is ‘Zone of Interest’ the New Frontrunner or Will ‘The Taste of Things’ Bring France Its First Win in 30 Years?

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2024 Oscars Predictions:
Best International Feature

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Weekly Commentary (Updated Sept. 21, 2023): In a surprising twist, France’s Oscar committee has chosen the culinary romance “The Taste of Things” over “Anatomy of a Fall,” Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winning film, to represent the country in the international feature film race.

France hasn’t won an Oscar for best international film since Régis Wargnier’s “Indochine” (1992). The last nomination for France in the international feature film category dates back to Ladj Ly’s police brutality thriller “Les Misérables” (2018). Nonetheless, whatever the entrant will be, they’ll face stiff competition with Germany’s “The Teachers’ Lounge” and Finland’s “Fallen Leaves,” which are already announced as representatives for their native lands.

The U.K. has also selected Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” as its contender for the Oscars and a likely best picture player for A24. BAFTA is the organization appointed by AMPAS to select the U.K.’s submission to the category.

In addition, Italy chose “Io Capitano” over “La Chimera,” while Spain chose J.A. Bayona’s “Society of the Snow.”

Read: Variety’s Awards Circuit for the latest Oscars predictions in all categories.

The submission deadline for general categories is Nov. 18, 2023. Preliminary shortlist voting will begin on Dec. 18, with the results announced on Dec. 21. The voting period will run from Jan. 11-16, 2024, with the official nominations announcement on Jan. 23.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10.

***The list below is not final and will be updated throughout the awards season.


And the Predicted Nominees Are:


  1. The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom) — dir. Jonathan Glazer
  2. Perfect Days” (Japan) — dir. Wim Wenders
  3. The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany) — dir. İlker Çatak
  4. The Taste of Things” (France) — dir. Trần Anh Hùng
  5. Io capitano” (Italy) — dir. Matteo Garrone

Next in Line


  1. Fallen Leaves” (Finland) — dir. Aki Kaurismäki
  2. Society of the Snow” (Spain) — dir. J.A. Bayona
  3. Shayda” (Australia) — dir. Noora Niasari
  4. Four Daughters” (Tunisia) — dir. Kaouther Ben Hania
  5. The Promised Land” (Denmark) — dir. Nikolaj Arcel **

Other Top-Tier Possibilities


  1. About Dry Grasses” (Turkey) — dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  2. The Settlers” (Chile) — dir. Felipe Gálvez Haberle
  3. The Monk and the Gun” (Bhutan) — dir. Pawo Choyning Dorji **
  4. Tótem” (Mexico) — dir. Lila Avilés **
  5. 20 Days in Mariupol” (Ukraine) — dir. Mstyslav Chernov
  6. La última obra” (Paraguay) — dir. Héctor Duarte **
  7. Paradise Is Burning” (Sweden) — dir. Mika Gustafson **
  8. Godland” (Iceland) — dir. Hlynur Pálmason
  9. The Night Guardian” (Iran) — dir. Reza Mirkarimi
  10. The Mother of All Lies” (Morocco) — dir. Asmae El Moudir

Also In Contention


  1. Have You Seen This Woman?” (Serbia) — dir. Dušan Zorić and Matija Gluščević **
  2. Amerikats” (Armenia) — dir. Michael A. Goorjian
  3. Concrete Utopia” (South Korea) — dir. Um Tae-hwa
  4. A Male” (Colombia) — dir. Fabián Hernández Alvarado
  5. Excursion” (Bosnia and Herzegovina) — dir. Una Gunjak
  6. Traces” (Croatia) — dir. Dubravka Turic
  7. The Visitor” (Bolivia) — dir. Martín Boulocq
  8. Pictures of Ghosts” (Brazil) — dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho
  9. Family Album” (Uruguay) — dir. Guillermo Rocamora
  10. Blaga’s Lessons” (Bulgaria) — dir. Stephan Komandarev

All Official Submissions (Alphabetized by Country)**


  • “Amerikats” (Armenia)
  • “Shayda” (Australia)
  • “Omen” (Belgium)
  • “The Monk and the Gun” (Bhutan)
  • “The Visitor” (Bolivia)
  • “Excursion” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • “Pictures of Ghosts” (Brazil)
  • “Blaga’s Lesson” (Bulgaria)
  • “Rojek” (Canada)
  • “The Settlers” (Chile)
  • “A Male” (Colombia)
  • “Traces” (Croatia)
  • “Brothers” (Czech Republic)
  • “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” (Estonia)
  • “Fallen Leaves” (Finland)
  • “Citizen Saint” (Georgia)
  • “The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany)
  • “Behind the Haystacks” (Greece)
  • “Four Souls of Coyote” (Hungary)
  • “Godland” (Iceland)
  • “Autobiography” (Indonesia)
  • “Hanging Gardens” (Iraq)
  • “Seven Blessings” (Israel)
  • “Perfect Days” (Japan)
  • “This is What I Remember” (Kyrgyzstan)
  • “My Freedom” (Latvia)
  • “Slow” (Lithuania)
  • “The Last Ashes” (Luxembourg)
  • “Sirin” (Montenegro)
  • “The Mother of All Lies” (Morocco)
  • “Sweet Dreams” (Netherlands)
  • “Housekeeping for Beginners” (North Macedonia)
  • “The Erection of Toribio Bardelli” (Peru)
  • “Bad Living” (Portugal)
  • “Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World” (Romania)
  • “Riders” (Slovenia)
  • “Concrete Utopia” (South Korea)
  • “Thunder” (Switzerland)
  • “Marry My Dead Body” (Taiwan)
  • “Melody” (Tajikistan)
  • “Four Daughters” (Tunisia)
  • “About Dry Grasses” (Turkey)
  • “Family Album” (Uruguay)
  • “The Burdened” (Yemen)

2022 category winner: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany) — dir. Edward Berger

** indicates an unconfirmed release date in 2023 or could campaign in the lead or supporting categories. All release dates are subject to change.

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