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November 19, 1998

45 Countries Submit Films for Oscar® Consideration

Beverly Hills, CA - Forty-five countries have submitted films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy AwardTM consideration as Best Foreign Language Film of 1998, tying the record set in 1994, Academy President Robert Rehme announced today.

Kyrgyzstan has entered a film this year for the first time and two countries, Lebanon and Morocco, have entered a film for the first time in 20 years.

This year's submissions are: Argentina, "Tango," Carlos Saura, director; Austria, "The Inheritors," Stefan Ruzowitzky; Belgium, "Rosie," Patrice Toye; Brazil, "Central Station," Walter Salles; Canada, "August 32nd on Earth," Denis Villeneuve; China, "Genghis Khan," Mr. Saifu & Ms. Mailisi; Colombia, "La Vendedora de Rosas," Victor Gaviria; Croatia, "Transatlantic," Mladen Juran; Czech Republic, "Sekal Has to Die," Vladimir Michélek; Denmark, "The Celebration," Thomas Vinterberg; Finland, "A Summer by the River," Markku Pölönen; France, "Dreamlife of Angels," Erick Zonca; Germany, "Run Lola Run," Tom Tykwer; Greece, "Eternity and a Day," Theo Angelopoulos; Hong Kong, "Made in Hong Kong," Fruit Chan; Hungary, "Gypsy Lore," Bence Gyöngyössy; Iceland, "Count Me Out," Ari Kristinsson; India, "Jeans," Shankar; Indonesia, "Leaf on a Pillow," Christine Hakim; Iran, "Children of the Heaven," Majid Majidi; Israel, "Circus Palestine," Eyal Halrfon; Italy, "Life is Beautiful," Roberto Benigni; Japan, "Begging for Love," Hideyuki Hirayama; Kyrgyzstan, "The Adopted Son," Aktan Abdykalydov; Lebanon, "West Beirut," Ziad Koueiri; Luxembourg, "Back in Trouble," Andy Bausch; Macedonia, "Good-Bye, 20th Century," Aleksandar Popovski & Darko Mitrevski; Mexico, "A Spell," Carlos Carrera; Morocco, "Mektoub," Nabyl Ayouch; The Netherlands, "The Polish Bride," Karim Traïdia; Norway, "Only Clouds Move the Stars," Torun Lian; The Philippines, "In the Navel of the Sea," Marilou Diaz-Abaya; Portugal, "Anxiety," Manoel De Oliveira; Puerto Rico, "Heroes without a Cause," Iván Dariel Ortiz; Romania, "Terminus Paradis," Lucian Pintilie; Russia, "Barber of Siberia," Nikita Mikhalkov; Slovak Republic, "River of Babylon," Vlado Balco; Spain, "El Abuelo," José Luis Garci; Sweden, "Show Me Love," Lukas Moodysson; Switzerland, "La Guerre dans le Haut Pays," Francis Reusser; Taiwan, "Flowers of Shanghai," Hou Hsiao-Hsien; Thailand, "Who Is Running?," Oxide Pang Chun; Venezuela, "Loop," Julio Sosa Pietri; Wales, "Cameleons," Ceri Sherlock; Yugoslavia, "The Powder Keg," Goran Paskaljevi.

Each country is invited to submit its best film of the year to the Academy. Selection of those entries is made by juries comprising filmmakers from that country. Only one film, which need not have been released in Los Angeles, is accepted from each country.

The Foreign Language Film Award Committee, chaired by Nina Foch, will screen all entries, beginning December 2, before voting to nominate five achievements.

Films submitted for Best Foreign Language Film Award consideration may also qualify for Academy Awards in most other categories provided they meet the requirements governing those categories. Films not selected to represent countries in the foreign language category can qualify for Oscars in all other narrative feature categories with a seven-day run in any Los Angeles County theater during 1998.

Four films have won both the Foreign Language Film Oscar and another award as well: the 1963 winner, "81/2," also won an Oscar for Best Costume Design; "A Man and a Woman" (1966) also won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar; and "Z," in 1969, also won for Film Editing. "Fanny and Alexander" (1983) won Oscars for Costume Design, Cinematography and Art Direction.

Nominations will be announced at the Academy on Tuesday, February 9, 1999. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 1998 will be presented on Sunday, March 21, 1999, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. Sunday at the Oscars will be televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. (PST), with a half-hour pre-show segment preceding the presentation ceremony.

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