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Nine foreign films make the Oscars short list

January 20, 2010 |  1:30 pm

The Oscars named the following movies as semi-finalists in the race for best foreign film:

The white ribbon oscars foreign films

Argentina, "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," 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," Ermek Tursunov, director;
The Netherlands, "Winter in Wartime," Martin Koolhoven, director;
Peru, "The Milk of Sorrow," Claudia Llosa, director.

These films were whittled down from 65 entries. Six were chosen by academy members divided into four color-coded screening groups. Three other movies were chosen by the academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. Now committees will meet in New York and Los Angeles the last few days of January to view the semi-finalists and choose five nominees.

There were no shocking omissions from the academy's list, but these movies were also considered top contenders:

Chile, "Dawson, Isla 10," Miguel Littin, director
Belgium, "The Misfortunates," Felix van Groeningen, director
Canada, "I Killed My Mother," Xavier Dolan, director
Denmark, "Terribly Happy," Henrik Ruben Genz, director
Finland, "Letters to Father Jacob," Klaus Haro, director
Iran, "About Elly," Asghar Farhadi, director
Italy, "Baaria," Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Korea, "Mother," Joon-ho Bong, director
Mexico, "Backyard," Carlos Carrera, director
Romania, "Police, Adjective," Corneliu Porumboiu, director

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