9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar¬Æ Race
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
- Argentina, ‚ÄúEl Secreto de Sus Ojos,‚Äù Juan Jose Campanella, director;
- Australia, ‚ÄúSamson & Delilah,‚Äù Warwick Thornton, director;
- Bulgaria, ‚ÄúThe World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,‚Äù Stephan Komandarev, director;
- France, ‚ÄúUn Proph√®te,‚Äù Jacques Audiard, director;
- Germany, ‚ÄúThe White Ribbon,‚Äù Michael Haneke, director;
- Israel, ‚ÄúAjami,‚Äù Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, directors;
- Kazakhstan, ‚ÄúKelin,‚Äù Ermek Tursunov, director;
- The Netherlands, ‚ÄúWinter in Wartime,‚Äù Martin Koolhoven, director;
- Peru, ‚ÄúThe Milk of Sorrow,‚Äù Claudia Llosa, director.
The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 65 eligible films between mid-October and January 16. The group‚Äôs top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy‚Äôs Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 29, through Sunday, January 31, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.