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OSCAR 2004 Italy

9 films in the running

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After all the speculation over the past days, here is the first official information. 9 films have put themselves forward to ANICA to represent Italy for the competition for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. They are L’anima gemella [+see also:
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by Sergio Rubini, A Heart Elsewhere by Pupi Avati, Facing Window [+see also:
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interview: Ferzan Ozpetek
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by Ferzan Ozpetek, I’m Not Scared [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Salvatores
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by Gabriele Salvatores, My name is Tanino [+see also:
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by Paolo Virzì, The Chameleon by Luca Barbareschi, The Best of Youth [+see also:
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by Marco Tullio Giordana, Il posto dell’anima by Riccardo Milani and Good Morning, Night [+see also:
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by Marco Bellocchio.

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The film Remember Me [+see also:
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by Gabriele Muccino, which was thought to be certain to compete up until a few days ago, has pulled out of the race. There are four favourites, all of which have already found a distribution overseas: I’m Not Scared with Miramax, which also has The Best of Youth. Northern Lights has the rights for A Heart Elsewhere by Avati; ten days ago Sony Classics bgought the rights for Facing Window. In pole position are Pupi Avati and Gabriele Salvatores, who has been involved in a promotional campaign over the last two months in America: “We’ve sold the film in 32 countries – said Salvatores in an interview in a daily paper – At the test screenings for I’m Not Scared in New York, the film scored double the points for enjoyment than those registered for Mediterraneo" (the film he won an Oscar for in 1992). These are also good possibilities for Ozpetek, the real Italian hit film of the season. The votes of the 360 members of the Ente David di Donatello have to be cast by September 27. And the final announcement will be made on September 30.

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