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Foreign language Oscar: 9 films advancing

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday the nine foreign-language films that will advance to the next round of Oscar voting. Eighty-one countries were initially in the running for the Foreign Langauge Film Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards.

Here’s the list: 

  • Belgium, The Brand New Testament, Jaco Van Dormael, director
  • Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent, Ciro Guerra, director
  • Denmark, A War, Tobias Lindholm, director
  • Finland, The Fencer, Klaus Härö, director
  • France, Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director
  • Germany, Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli, director
  • Hungary, Son of Saul, László Nemes, director
  • Ireland, Viva, Paddy Breathnach, director
  • Jordan, Theeb, Naji Abu Nowar, director

The list will be narrowed down to five films before the final nominations are announced on Jan. 14. The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 28.