Among the list are internationally-acclaimed films such as metaphysical thriller Naples in Veils by Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Özpetek, Alice Rohrwacher’s fascinating drama Happy as Lazzaro and Francesco Falaschi’s heartfelt all-Tuscan comedy As Needed, all of which are currently screening in Australia as part of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival.
The candidate to represent Italy will be announced on Tuesday, September 25.
The deadline for submissions for Best Foreign Language Film candidates is Monday, October 1.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film has been presented annually to a feature film produced outside the US that contains primarily non-English dialogue since the award was created in 1956.
The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.
Full list of candidates to represent Italy:
- As Needed by Francesco Falaschi
- Bloody Richard by Roberta Torre
- Boys Cry by Damiano D'Innocenzo and Fabio D'Innocenzo
- Caina by Stefano Amatucci
- Dogman by Matteo Garrone
- L'esodo by Ciro Formisano
- Il Figlio Sospeso by Egidio Termine
- The Girl in the Fog by Donato Carrisi
- Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher
- Imperfect Age by Ulisse Lendaro
- Just Like My Son by Costanza Quatriglio
- Like a Cat on a Highway by Riccardo Milani
- Little Tito and the Aliens by Paola Randi
- Manuel by Dario Albertini
- Naples in Veils by Ferzan Özpetek
- Nome di Donna by Marco Tullio Giordana
- On My Skin by Alessio Cremonini
- The Place by Paolo Genovese
- Una Storia Senza Nome by Roberto Andò
- There's No Place Like Home by Gabriele Muccino
- Where I've Never Lived by Paolo Franchi