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And the Foreign Oscar Race is on...

by Anthony Kaufman
October 11, 2006 1:29 AM
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There is little doubt in my mind that Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" is going to be one of a couple films in the running for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. While I rarely put faith in the Academy, and often feel like they're not worth our time, I wrote up a story for indieWIRE today on the foreign language contest. I think my advanced picks are solid guesses, but there is another film that I may have overlooked: Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory."

Winner of a special best ensemble cast award in Cannes and acquired by The Weinstein Co. for U.S. release, "Days of Glory" is an international co-production that is Algeria's official Oscar submission. I haven't seen the film, but a couple of people tell me that it shouldn't be counted out, with its traditional story of four North African men who fight against both Nazi oppression and French discrimination. Will Academy members push for an Arab-language nominee? Well, The Weinstein Co. are certainly not going to go down without a fight.

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