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Academy speaks in tongues

Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes is confirmed as one of 84 hats currently in the ring for the Academy’s Foreign Language Oscar.

There are a couple of virgins on the list, and an awful lot of seasoned campaigners. NZ sits towards the less experienced end of the spectrum, although this is the second of Tamasese’s films selected – which is a pretty good strike rate.

The new arrivals are Laos, putting up Mattie Do’s Dearest Sister (pictured, top), and Mozambique with Licínio Azevedo’s The Train of Salt and Sugar.

Among the older hands, Michaël R. Roskam’S Racer and the Jailbird is the filmmaker’s second selection, after Rundskop.

Two filmmakers are on a threepeat: Agnieszka Holland for Spoor (previously Angry Harvest and In Darkness) and Michael Haneke with Happy End (previously The White Band and Amour).

The Road to Istanbul’s Rachid Bouchareb goes one better, with three previous nominations, for Dust of Life, Days of Glory and Outside the Law.



The Academy has yet to announce the final list of competing titles.