Beverly Hills, CA (RushPRNews) 01/13/09 â€” Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy AwardsÂ®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Austria, â€œRevanche,â€ Gotz Spielmann, director;
Canada, â€œThe Necessities of Life,â€ Benoit Pilon, director;
France, â€œThe Class,â€ Laurent Cantet, director;
Germany, â€œThe Baader Meinhof Complex,â€ Uli Edel, director;
Israel, â€œWaltz with Bashir,â€ Ari Folman, director;
Japan, â€œDepartures,â€ Yojiro Takita, director;
Mexico, â€œTear This Heart Out,â€ Roberto Sneider, director;
Sweden, â€œEverlasting Moments,â€ Jan Troell, director;
Turkey, â€œ3 Monkeys,â€ Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director.
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2008 are being determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 65 eligible films between mid-October and January 10. That groupâ€™s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academyâ€™s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five 2008 nominees by specially selected committees in New York and Los Angeles. The committee members will spend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday viewing three of the films each day.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.