The foreign executive committee added three to the top six that nabbed the most votes from the several hundred voters screening 66 entries. Now another committee (selected in New York and Los Angeles by branch chief Mark Johnson, who wields a lot of power in this process) will screen the nine films to winnow them to five for Oscar nominations morning January 25. It is unlikely that the larger voting group included critics' fave Dogtooth, Greece's controversial taboo-breaking entry that has sent sensitive festgoers around the world fleeing for the doors.
The nine films are listed below.
The exec committee changed the voting process after the foreign branch did not nominate Cannes Palme d'Or winner Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days. This year they did not add last year's Palme d'Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand). Many countries whose films did screen well---such as Egypt, Germany, Italy, India, China, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Iraq---are probably wondering, then, "Why not me?"
Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director.