Oscars: 9 foreign language films advance
December 16, 2016

Oscars: 9 foreign language films advance

LOS ANGELES — Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards (www.oscars.org). Eighty-five films had originally been considered in the category.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2016 are 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 12. 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 films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

- Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors
- Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director
- Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director
- Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director
- Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director
- Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director
- Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director
- Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director
- Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director

The shortlist will be edited down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.