Despite the controversy over president-elect Donald Trump’s views on Russia and alleged hacking to influence the U.S. election, the Russian film entry is among nine movies that advanced in the competition for the foreign-language film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.
The films were chosen from 85 that were originally under consideration. The five eventual nominees will be chosen by committees in New York, Los Angeles and London.
The films on the shortlist are:
— “Paradise,” Russia;
— “Tanna,” Australia;
— “It’s Only the End of the World,” Canada;
— “Land of Mind,” Denmark;
— “Toni Erdmann,” Germany;
— “The Salesman,” Iran;
— “The King’s Choice,” Norway;
— “A Man Called Ove,” Sweden; and
— “My Life as a Zucchini,” Switzerland.
Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 24, with the awards ceremony scheduled for Feb. 26.
–City News Service