Nine films have advanced in the race for the Oscar for foreign-language feature film. The list has been narrowed down from the 80 films that were originally shortlisted and considered eligible.
Seven of the nine films are from Europe. There is one from the Mideast and one from South America. No feature film from Asia, Africa, Australia or Canada have made the cut.
Some of the high profile films that were originally shortlisted but did not make the cut include Goodnight Mommy fro Austria, Rams from Iceland, Arabian Nights from Portugal, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence from Sweden and The Assassin from Taiwan. The latter was recently named best film of 2015 from Sight and Sound Magazine.
The list will be narrowed down to the five official nominees, which will be announced along with nominations for all other awards on Thursday, January 14.
Here is the full list of the nine films now to be considered eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award 2016:
– THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT by Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium
– EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT by Ciro Guerra, Colombia
– A WAR by Tobias Lindholm, Denmark
– THE FENCER by Klaus Haro, Finland
– MUSTANG, by Deniz Gamze Erguven, France
– LABYRINTH OF LIES by Giulio Ricciarelli, Germany
– SON OF SAUL by Laszlo Nemes, Hungary
– VIVA by Paddy Breathnach, Ireland
– THEEB by Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan