The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has revealed their short list for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. 71 films were submitted for consideration earlier this year. Now nine films have advanced to the next round of voting.
The final nominations will be announced on January 10th.
Below is a list with the remaining nine films:
Austria – Amour, dir Michael Haneke;
Canada – War Witch, dir Kim Nguyen;
Chile – No, dir Pablo Larraín;
Denmark – A Royal Affair, dir Nikolaj Arcel;
France – The Intouchables, dirs Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano;
Iceland – The Deep, dir Baltasar Kormákur;
Norway – Kon-Tiki, dirs. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg;
Romania – Beyond The Hills, dir Cristian Mungiu;
Switzerland – Sister, dir Ursula Meier.
Note: A complete list with the 71 films that were submitted for consideration earlier this year could be seen here.
I'm glad to see Amour, Michael Haneke's latest masterpiece, is on the short list. In fact, after viewing it in theaters this past week, I wouldn't be surprised if it actually won the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Amour seems likely since Das Weisse Band somewhat surprisingly lost out to The Secret in their Eyes at the Oscars. And no offence meant to Zach, but I was actually pleased to see Petzold's Barbara not making the cut. I think his films are turgid, and the director's current standing in Germany is a real Armutszeugnis (as the locals would say) for the contemporary cinema of the nation that gave us Lang, Fassbinder and Wenders.