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November 20, 2000


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Record 46 Countries in Race for Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA - A record 46 countries have submitted films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award® consideration as Best Foreign Language Film of 2000, Academy President Robert Rehme announced today.

Ecuador is the only country to enter a film this year for the first time.

This year's submissions are: Algeria, "Little Senegal," Rachid Bouchareb, director; Argentina, "Felicidades," Emilio Bender, director; Austria, "The Stranger," Götz Spielmann, director; Belgium, "Everybody Famous," Dominique Deruddere, director; Brazil, "Me, You, Them," Andrucha Waddington, director; Bulgaria, "Letter to America," Iglika Triffonova, director; Canada, "Maelström," Denis Villeneue, director; Chile, "Coronation," Silvio Caiozzi, director; China, "Breaking the Silence," Sun Zhou, director;

Patrick E. Stockstill, awards coordinator for the Academy.

Croatia, "Marshall Tito's Spirit," Vinko Bresan, director; Czech Republic, "Divided We Fall," Jan Hrebejk, director; Denmark, "A Place Nearby," Kaspar Rostrup, director; Ecuador, "Dreams from the Middle of the World," Carlos Naranjo Estrella, director; Finland, "Seven Songs from the Tundra," Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, directors; France, "The Taste of Others," Agnès Jaoui, director; Georgia, "27 Missing Kisses," Nana Djordjadze, director; Germany, "No Place to Go," Oscar Roehler, director;

Greece, "Peppermint," Costas Kapakas, director; Hong Kong, "In the Mood for Love," Wong Kar-Wai, director; Hungary, "Glamour," Frigyes Gödrös, director; Iceland, "Angels of the Universe," Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, director; India, "Hey! Ram," Kamal Haasan, director; Iran, "A Time for Drunken Horses," Bahman Ghobadi, director; Israel, "Time of Favor," Joseph Cedar, director;

Italy, "The Hundred Steps," Marco Tullio Giodana, director; Japan, "When the Rain Lifts," Takashi Koizumi, director; Korea, "Chunhyang," Im Kwon-taek, director; Mexico, "Love's a Bitch," Alejandro González Iñárritu, director; Morocco, "Ali Zaoua," Nabyl Ayouch, director; Nepal, "Mask of Desire," Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, director;

The Netherlands, "Little Crumb," Maria Peters, director; Norway, "Odd Little Man," Stein Leikanger, director; The Philippines, "Anak," Rory B. Quintos, director; Poland, "Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease," Krzysztof Zanussi, director; Portugal, "Too Late," José Nacimento, director; Russia, "His Wife's Diary," Alexey Uchitel, director; Slovak Republic, "Landscape," Martin Sulik, director; Spain, "You're the One (A Tale from Then)," José Luis Garci, director; Sweden, "Songs from the Second Floor," Roy Andersson, director; Switzerland, "Gripsholm," Xavier Koller, director;

Taiwan, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Ang Lee, director; Thailand, "6ixty-Nin9," Pen-ek Ratanaruang, director; Turkey, "Run for Money," Reha Erdem, director; Venezuela, "Devil Gold," José Ramón Novoa, director; Vietnam, "Vertical Ray of the Sun," Tran Anh Hung, director; and Yugoslavia, "Sky Hook," Ljubisa Samardzic, director.

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 previous record of 45 entries was set in 1994 and tied last year.

The Foreign Language Film Award Committee, chaired by Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson ("Rain Man"), will screen all entries, beginning November 29, before voting to nominate five achievements, said Awards Coordinator Patrick Stockstill.

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.

Five films have won both the Foreign Language Film Oscar and another award as well: 1998's winner, "Life Is Beautiful," also received the best actor award for its star, Roberto Benigni and the music award for Best Original Dramatic Score; 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 13, 2001. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2000 will be presented on Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. 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.

A downloadable photograph of Awards Coordinator Patrick Stockstill, who administers the Foreign Language Film Award, is available on the Academy's website at www.oscars.org/press/photos/

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