Oscars: 9 films make 'Foreign Language' shortlist
December 18, 2015

Oscars: 9 films make 'Foreign Language' shortlist

LOS ANGELES – Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the “Foreign Language Film” category for the 88th Academy Awards. Eighty films had originally been considered in the category.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2015 are being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 14th. 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.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. They will spend Friday, January 8th, through Sunday, January 10th, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The films are listed in alphabetical order by country:

- Belgium, "The Brand New Testament," Jaco Van Dormael, director
- Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director
- Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director
- Finland, "The Fencer," Klaus Härö, director
- France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director
- Germany, "Labyrinth of Lies," Giulio Ricciarelli, director
- Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director
- Ireland, "Viva," Paddy Breathnach, director
- Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 14th, 2016. The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28th, 2016.