The Nominations for the 15th British Independent Film Awards were announced in London on November 5th. You can read the nominations here.

These are the nominees for the Best Foreign Independent Films:

Amour (Austria)

Director: Michael Haneke (Prior work includes ‘The White Ribbon’ and ‘The Piano Teacher’.)

Budget: £5.8 million

Synopsis: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

What the Critics Are Saying: “You must see this film.” “A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.” “Thoughtful and unsentimental, though not unfeeling. A stunning, near-perfect movie.”

Beasts of a Southern Wild (USA)

Director: Benh Zeitlin. (First feature-length film. Prior work: The shorts ‘Glory at Sea’, ‘The Origins of Electricity’, and ‘Egg’.)

Budget: £1.1 million

Synopsis: Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

What Critics Are Saying: “One of the most auspicious American directorial debuts in years.” “It’s a human drama which stays with you for quite some time afterwards.” “There’s poetry, tough love and, above all, a fierce stoicism on the bayou in Benh Zeitlin’s strikingly beautiful and haunting debut.”

The Hunt (Denmark)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg (Prior work includes: ‘Festen’ ‘Submarino’, and ‘Dear Wendy’.)

Budget: £2.4 million

Synopsis: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

What the Critics Are Saying: “A hugely affecting film, inspiring the full gambit of emotions from humor to fist-clenching rage and a pitch-perfect, chilling crescendo of horror.” “It is rare that a film can make you laugh, cry and shake with fury all at the same time; even rarer when it does so for the right reasons.” “Vinterberg uses the hot-button topic of child abuse to push and probe at a town’s close-knit facade until the wounds bubble up angrily to the surface.”

Rust and Bone (France)

Director: Jacques Audiard (A prolific French director and writer. Prior work includes: ‘A Prophet’, ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’, and ‘Read My Lips’.)

Budget: £12.3 million

Synopsis: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

What the Critics Are Saying: “It’s a marvelous movie, gorgeous and thoughtful and deeply felt.” “The movie takes a contrived-sounding romance and turns it into a visceral, idiosyncratic exploration of battered bodies in search of souls.” “Rust and Bone is a film of undeniable power. The two central performances are stunning and Audiard’s passionate filmmaking makes for a completely engrossing, original and moving cinematic experience.”

Searching for Sugar Man (South Africa)

Director: Malik Bendjelloul (First feature-length documentary film. Prior work: Music documentaries for Swedish TV.)

Budget: £630,000

Synopsis: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.

What the Critics Are Saying: “Part music documentary, part mystery, all inspirational homage to unrecognized genius everywhere.” “A soulful, lip-tremblingly joyous movie that’s one of the more affecting experiences I’ve had in a cinema this year.” “This is not only the best documentary I’ve seen this year, it’s one that shows other documentaries how to do it.”

Save this date: December 9th 2012

The British Independent Film Awards* announce the winners at a star studded event in Central London.

*Raindance founded the BIFA’s in 1998