Eight European titles shorlisted
by Vitor Pinto
This year, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to divide the selection of the nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category into two phases.
After the initial qualification of sixty-one titles, the shortlist of films has just been announced and eight out of its nine contenders are European productions or co-productions.
The top winners of the European Film Awards, back in December 2006 (see news), are part of this list: Pedro Almodóvar's Volver [+see also:
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile] for Spain (see Focus) and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others [+see also:
interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
interview: Ulrich Muehe
film profile] for Germany (see Focus).
Other titles are Paul Verhoeven's Black Book [+see also:
film profile] for the Netherlands, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus [+see also:
interview: Christian Davi
interview: Fredi M. Murer
film profile] for Switzerland (see focus), Susanne Bier's After the Wedding [+see also:
interview: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
interview: Susanne Bier
film profile] for Denmark (see Focus), Daniele Thompson's Avenue Montaigne for France.
Rachid Bouchareb's Algerian film Days of Glory [+see also:
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile] (see focus) and Guillermo del Toro's Mexican title Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
film profile] were furthermore co-produced by France and Spain, respectively. The ninth title is the Canadian-Indian film Water by Deepa Mehta.
These nine films will next be viewed by 20 members of the Academy, who will then select the final five nominees of 2006. The screenings will take place in Hollywood and New York from January 19-21 and the nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23. The ceremony will take place on February 25 in Los Angeles.
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