The Palm Springs International Film Festival has increasingly become an important stop on the awards calendar for foreign language films. While the desert fest hands out an international critics prize, it’s more about the filmmakers getting a chance to rub shoulders with Academy members just before nominations ballots are due. The upcoming 26th annual fest is running January 2-12 and has announced the movies that will compete for the FIPRESCI prize in its Awards Buzz section. Fifty of the 83 official submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are on the list with the titles chosen believed by festival programmers to be the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. A special jury of international film critics will screen the films and hand out a FIPRESCI for an individual title as well as Best Actor and Best Actress. While the fest doesn’t always match the eventual Oscar winner, last year’s laureate, The Broken Circle Breakdown, went on to a nomination. Below is the list of titles selected this year (in alphabetical order by country):

A Few Cubic Meters Of Love (Afghanistan), Director Jamshid Mahmoudi
Wild Tales (Argentina), Director Damián Szifrón
Charlie’s Country (Australia), Director Rolf de Heer
The Dark Valley (Austria), Director Andreas Prochaska
Nabat (Azerbaijan), Director Elchin Musaoglu
Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France/Italy), Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
The Way He Looks (Brazil), Director Daniel Ribeiro
Mommy (Canada), Director Xavier Dolan
To Kill A Man (Chile), Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras
The Nightingale (China), Director Philippe Muyl
Mateo (Colombia), Director Maria Gamboa
Cowboys (Croatia), Director Tomislav Mršić
Behavior (Cuba), Director Ernesto Daranas
Fair Play (Czech Republic), Director Andrea Sedláčková
Sorrow And Joy (Denmark), Director Nils Malmros
Tangerines (Estonia), Director Zaza Urushadze
Concrete Night (Finland), Director Pirjo Honkasalo
Saint Laurent (France), Director Bertrand Bonello
Corn Island (Georgia), Director George Ovashvili
Beloved Sisters (Germany), Director Dominik Graf
Little England (Greece), Director Pantelis Voulgaris
The Golden Era (Hong Kong), Director Ann Hui
White God (Hungary), Director Kornél Mundruczó
Life In A Fishbowl (Iceland), Director Baldvin Zophoníasson
Liar’s Dice (India), Director Geetu Mohandas
Today (Iran), Director Reza Mirkarimi
Gett, The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem (Israel), Directors Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Human Capital (Italy), Director Paolo Virzì
The Light Shines Only There (Japan), Director Mipo O
Three Windows And A Hanging (Kosovo), Director Isa Qosja
Kurmanjan Datka: Queen Of The Mountains (Kyrgyzstan), Director Sadyk Sher-Niyaz
Rocks In My Pockets (Latvia), Director Signe Baumane
Ghadi (Lebanon), Director Amin Dora
Never Die Young (Luxembourg), Director Pol Cruchten
Timbuktu (Mauritania/France), Director Abderrahmane Sissako
Accused (Netherlands), Director Paula van der Oest
1001 Grams (Norway), Director Bent Hamer
Dukhtar (Pakistan), Director Afia Nathaniel
Eyes Of A Thief (Palestine), Director Najwa Najjar
Norte, The End Of History (Philippines), Director Lav Diaz
Ida (Poland), Director Pawel Pawlikowski
The Japanese Dog (Romania), Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Leviathan (Russia), Director Andrey Zvyagintsev
See You In Montevideo (Serbia), Director Dragan Bjelogrlić
Sea Fog (South Korea), Director Sung-bo Shim
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Spain), Director David Trueba
Force Majeure (Sweden), Director Ruben Östlund
Winter Sleep (Turkey), Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Guide (Ukraine), Director Oles Sanin
Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay), Director Álvaro Brechner