By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire January 13, 2009 at 9:09AM
Nine films have been named to the short list for the Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards, narrrowed down from the sixty-five titles that originally qualified for consideration.
Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are:
Austria, "Revanche," directed by Gotz Spielmann
Canada, "The Necessities of Life," directed by Benoit Pilon
France, "The Class," directed by Laurent Cantet, director
Germany, "The Baader Meinhof Complex," directed by Uli Edel
Israel, "Waltz with Bashir," directed by Ari Folman
Japan, "Departures," directed by Yojiro Takita
Mexico, "Tear This Heart Out," directed by Roberto Sneider
Sweden, "Everlasting Moments," directed by Jan Troell
Turkey, "3 Monkeys," directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Committees in New York and Los Angeles will view the nine films this weekend to determine the five nominees in the category. The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22nd in Los Angeles.