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October 17, 2007
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63 Countries Seeking
Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record 63 countries, including new entrants Azerbaijan and Ireland, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards®, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today.

The 2007 submissions are:

Argentina, “XXY,” Lucia Puenzo, director;
Australia, “The Home Song Stories,” Tony Ayres, director;
Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director;
Azerbaijan, “Caucasia,” Farid Gumbatov, director;
Bangladesh, “On the Wings of Dreams,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director;
Belgium, “Ben X,” Nic Balthazar, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “It’s Hard to Be Nice,” Srdan Vuletic,director;
Brazil, “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation,” Cao Hamburger, director;
Bulgaria, “Warden of the Dead,” Ilian Simeonov, director;
Canada, “Days of Darkness,” Denys Arcand, director;
Chile, “Padre Nuestro,” Rodrigo Sepulveda, director;
China, “The Knot,” Yin Li, director;
Colombia, “Satanas,” Andi Baiz, director;
Croatia, “Armin,” Ognjen Svilicic, director;
Cuba, “The Silly Age,” Pavel Giroud, director;
Czech Republic, “I Served the King of England,” Jiri Menzel,director;
Denmark, “The Art of Crying,” Peter Schonau Fog, director;
Egypt, “In the Heliopolis Flat,” Mohamed Khan, director;
Estonia, “The Class,” Ilmar Raag, director;
Finland, “A Man’s Job,” Aleksi Salmenpera, director;
France, “Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, directors;
Georgia, “The Russian Triangle,” Aleko Tsabadze, director;
Germany, “The Edge of Heaven,” Fatih Akin, director;
Greece, “Eduart,” Angeliki Antoniou, director;
Hong Kong, “Exiled,” Johnnie To, director;
Hungary, “Taxidermia,” Gyorgy Palfi, director;
Iceland, “Jar City,” Baltasar Kormakur, director;
India, “Eklavya – The Royal Guard,” Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director;
Indonesia, “Denias, Singing on the Cloud,” John De Rantau, director;
Iran, “M for Mother,” Rasoul Mollagholipour, director;
Iraq, “Jani Gal,” Jamil Rostami, director;
Ireland, “Kings,” Tom Collins, director;
Israel, “Beaufort,” Joseph Cedar, director;
Italy, “The Unknown,” Giuseppe Tornatore, director;
Japan, “I Just Didn’t Do It,” Masayuki Suo, director;
Kazakhstan, “Mongol,” Sergei Bodrov, director;
Korea, “Secret Sunshine,” Chang-dong Lee, director;
Lebanon, “Caramel,” Nadine Labaki, director;
Luxembourg, “Little Secrets,” Pol Cruchten, director;
Macedonia, “Shadows,” Milcho Manchevski, director;
Mexico, “Silent Light,” Carlos Reygadas, director;
The Netherlands, “Duska,” Jos Stelling, director;
Norway, “Gone with the Woman,” Petter Naess, director;
Peru, “Crossing a Shadow,” Augusto Tamayo, director;
Philippines, “Donsol,” Adolfo Alix, Jr., director;
Poland, “Katyn,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
Portugal, “Belle Toujours,” Manoel de Oliveira, director;
Puerto Rico, “Love Sickness,” Carlitos Ruiz, Mariem Perez, directors;
Romania, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Cristian Mungiu, director;
Russia, “12,” Nikita Mikhalkov, director;
Serbia, “The Trap,” Srdan Golubovic, director;
Singapore, “881,” Royston Tan, director;
Slovakia, “Return of the Storks,” Martin Repka, director;
Slovenia, “Short Circuits,” Janez Lapajne, director;
Spain, “The Orphanage,” J.A. Bayona, director;
Sweden, “You, the Living,” Roy Andersson, director;
Switzerland, “Late Bloomers,” Bettina Oberli, director;
Taiwan, “Island Etude,” Chen Huai-En, director;
Thailand, “King of Fire,” Chatrichalerm Yukol, director;
Turkey, “A Man’s Fear of God,” Ozer Kiziltan, director;
Uruguay, “The Pope’s Toilet,” Enrique Fernandez, Cesar Charlone, directors;
Venezuela, “Postcards from Leningrad,” Mariana Rondon, director;
Vietnam, “The White Silk Dress,” Luu Huynh, director.

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

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