Monday was the deadline for countries to submit their films for consideration in the foreign language category at next year's Oscars. We've been reporting them as they've been announced, and five more countries revealed their selections in the last couple days.

Iceland's choice was presumably a no-brainer: Jar City (Myrin) is the highest-grossing film in the country's history and was an award winner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Cinematical's Kim Voynar reviewed the thriller, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, quite favorably when it played at Telluride. (Interesting Iceland fact: Despite having a population of only about 300,000, the country has a film industry that's much larger than you'd expect, and has submitted a film to the Oscars every single year since 1980.)

Russia went with a filmmaker they've had success with before: Nikita Mikhalkov, whose Burnt by the Sun won the foreign language Oscar in 1995 and whose Urga (Close to Eden) was nominated in 1993. This time it's 12, an adaptation of 12 Angry Men about a Chechen youth on trial for murder.

Argentina has chosen XXY, a drama about a 15-year-old hermaphrodite that our Monika Bartyzel spoke highly of at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was directed by Lucía Puenzo, whose father Luis Puenzo won the Oscar in 1986 for The Official Story -- the only win so far for Argentina.

Chile and Colombia both went with films by relatively new directors. Neither country has ever been nominated for an Oscar. Chile's entry is Padre Nuestro, a comedy by Rodrigo Sepúlveda (and not to be confused with the film by the same name that won a prize at Sundance this year). Colombia has entered Satanás, a fact-based crime drama by first-time feature director Andrés Baiz.
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