Michael Haneke’s Amour and the tender French comedy, The Intouchables, were among nine films promoted to the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film category. Seventy-one films entries had been considered, and the list will further be culled down to five nominees after specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles screen them during the first weekend in January.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director
Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director
Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director
Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director
France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur, director
Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors
Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, director
Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier, director
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 10.