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January 15, 2008 9:27 AM
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iW NEWS | Academy Announces 9 Foreign Finalists; "Persepolis," "4 Months" Snubbed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nine films selected as finalists in the foreign-language film category. The finalists are: Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters," from Austria; Cao Hamburger's "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," from Brazil; Denys Arcand's "Days of Darkness," from Canada; Joseph Cedar's "Beaufort," from Israel; Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Unknown," from Italy; Sergei Bodrov's "Mongol," from Kazakhstan; Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn," from Poland; Nikita Mikhalkov's "12," from Russia; and Srdan Golubovic's "The Trap," from Serbia. The Academy's dismissal of heavily favored duo "Persepolis," from France, and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," from Romania, is sure to cause considerable criticism. Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards, including the five nominees in this category, will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. [Peter Knegt]

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