The academy has announced the nine foreign language films which remain in contention for the final five slots at the Oscars. The 66 films that qualifed were viewed by both volunteers from the general membership as well as a committe chaired by academy governor Mark Johnson. The semi-finalists are :
Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director.
As the announcement explained, these nine semi-finalists were determined by two groups: “The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.”
Specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles will convene to watch three films on each of three days beginning Friday. The five nominees will be revealed next Tuesday morning along with the other Oscar nominees.
View our gallery of the nine semi-finalists here.