‘A Separation,’ ‘Pina’ on Oscars foreign-language shortlist

Golden Globe champ “A Separation” from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and Germany’s 3D documentary “Pina” are among the nine entries still in contention for Best Foreign-Language Film. “Pina,” Wim Wenders film about dancer Pina Bausch, is also among the 15 films on the Documentary Feature shortlist. It would make Oscar history if it reaps bids in both categories. 

Also in the running for the five slots to be announced Tuesday: 
“Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam (Belgium)
“Footnote,” Joseph Cedar (Israel)
“In Darkness,” Agnieszka Holland (Poland)
“Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau (Canada)
“Omar Killed Me,” Roschdy Zem (Morocco)
“Superclasico,” Ole Christian Madsen (Denmark)
“Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,”  Wei Te-sheng (Taiwan)

Among the notable snubs: “Declaration of War” (France); “The Flowers of War” (China), Cannes champ “Le Havre” (Finland) and TIFF winner “Where Do We Go Now?” (Lebanon). 

This shortlist was compiled in two stages. First, the several hundred members of the Foreign-Language committee attended official screenings over the past three months of the 63 entries and rated each on a scale from six to 10. The six films with the highest scores made the cut. The Foreign-Language executive committee added three more films after meeting on Tuesday. 

To winnow this shortlist down to five nominees, two sets of voters — 20 in Los Angeles and 10 in Gotham — will convene over the weekend to screen all nine films. 

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