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The Global Film Village: Academy Announces Short List for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar


by Marla Lewin

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” (The Secret of Her Eyes) Juan Jose Campanella, director;

Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;

Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

France, “Un Prophète,” Jacques Audiard, director;

Germany, “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke, director;

Israel, “Ajami,” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, directors;

Kazakhstan, “Kelin,”(The Daughter-in-Law) Ermek Tursunov, director;

The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime,” Martin Koolhoven, director;

Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow,” Claudia Llosa, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2009 are again being determined in two phases.

During Phase I a committee consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 65 eligible films between mid-October and January 16. The group’s top six choices, were then augmented by three additional selections determined by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, these nine films constitute the shortlist. This process was instituted to ensure that high profile films were more likely to make it to the final round.

Specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles will now view these 9 films between Friday, January 29, through Sunday, January 31. Each day viewing three films and then casting their ballots. The shortlist will be trimmed down to the five nominees.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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Lewin Marla
(Global Film Village)

Marla is a producer, playwright, screenwriter, publicist and now a journalist. She attends 12 to 20 film festivals per year. She has spoken on filmmaking at many festivals including Cannes and SXSW.


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