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9 go forward for subtitle gong

Nine features have survived the first cull of the Academy’s Foreign Language Film category for what will be the 60th presentation of the award. 85 films, including Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth were submitted.

Bentley Dean & Martin Butler’s Australian title Tanna, seen here in the NZIFF, makes the cut.

For an Academy that’s tied itself in knots this year to become more diverse, the nominations suggest that the Academy’s view of the world is not much changed. Eight of the nine titles advancing are directed by men. The exception, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (pictured, top), has had considerable success on the international festival circuit, and recently cleaned up at the European Film Awards.

Eight of the films are directed by Caucasians. The exception is, entirely predictably, previous winner of the category Asghar Farhadi, whose A Separation won in 2012. For the 2017 event, Farhadi’s The Salesman is nominated.

The five nominees will be named at an event on 25 January, when all nominees are announced. The Oscars will be presented on 27 February (both NZ dates). The titles still competing are:
It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan, Canada
Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet, Denmark
A Man Called Ove, Hannes Holm, Sweden
My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras, Switzerland
Paradise, Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia
The King’s Choice, Erik Poppe, Norway
The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany

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