What are the 5 'Foreign Language' films about?

Posted at 11:23 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 13:23:15-05

The Academy awards 24 gold statues on Oscar night.

Some of the categories are well-known like best picture, actor, actor in a supporting role and directing. Others you know about--like Foreign Language Film--but when the award comes up, it suddenly becomes time for a bathroom break or to find something to eat.

There are five nominees in the Foreign Language Film category: Embrace of the Serpent, Mustang, Son of Saul, THEEB, and War.

All five trailers and a brief paragraph about what the films are about can be found below:

Embrace of the Serpent

This film tells the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman living in South America, and the last of his people, and his friendship with two explorers searching for a psychedelic plant.


In Mustang, five sisters are imprisoned in their own home after their antics with the neighbor boys are misconstrued to be more deviant than innocent. The parents try and arrange marriages to which the girls try and rebel.

Son of Saul

Saul Auslander is a Hungarian Jew imprisoned at one of Hitler's infamous death camps. He's a member of Sonderkommando, a group of prisoners forced to assist the Nazi's in their mass killings. While in one of the crematoriums, Saul finds the body of a boy. He takes the boy as his son and tries to save him from the fire in order to give him a proper Jewish burial.


THEEB has been referred to as a "Bedouin Western." It tells the story of an Arabic boy and his brother and the dangerous adventure they embark on when a British Army officers asks them for a guide to Mecca.

THEEB - Official U.S. Trailer from Film Movement on Vimeo.

A War

Commander Claus Pedersen is stationed with his men in Afghanistan. His wife is home in Denmark raising their three children. A mission puts Pedersen in the crossfire and forces him to make a choice that will change his life and the lives of his families forever.