Magazine article Screen International

Academy Selects Foreign Shortlist

Magazine article Screen International

Academy Selects Foreign Shortlist

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Nine features advance to the next round of voting in the foreign language film category for the 86th Academy Awards from the original pool of 76 submissions -- but Iran's The Past, Saudi Arabia's Wadjda and Israel's Bethlehem are among the shock omissions.

The films listed in alphabetical order by country are:

Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, dir Felix van Groeningen;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, dir Danis Tanovic;

Cambodia, The Missing Picture, dir Rithy Panh;

Denmark, The Hunt, dir Thomas Vinterberg;

Germany, Two Lives, dir Georg Maas;

Hong Kong, The Grandmaster, dir Wong Kar-wai;

Hungary, The Notebook, dir Janos Szasz;

Italy, The Great Beauty, dir Paolo Sorrentino (pictured); and

Palestine, Omar, dir Hany Abu-Assad. …

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