Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is among the high-profile films left off the shortlist of best foreign language film contenders at next year’s Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released the list of films up for the 89th annual Oscars — nominations for which will be announced in January. Canada’s It’s Only the End of the World, Germany’s Toni Erdmann, and Iran’s The Salesman are among the contenders in the Foreign Language Film category.
Nine films are advancing in the competition, out of 85 original submissions. Among the notable films not making the cut are Verhoeven’s film, which stars best actress hopeful Isabelle Huppert; Chile’s Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín; Mexico’s Desierto, starring Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; and Spain’s Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
The shortlist will be further narrowed to five contenders, which will be revealed when nominations for the 89th Oscars are announced Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Oscars ceremony will take place Sunday, Feb. 26.
The nine advancing foreign-language films are:
- Australia, Tanna, directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
- Canada, It’s Only the End of the World, directed by Xavier Dolan
- Denmark, Land of Mine, directed by Martin Zandvliet
- Germany, Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade
- Iran, The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi
- Norway, The King’s Choice, directed by Erik Poppe
- Russia, Paradise, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
- Sweden, A Man Called Ove, directed by Hannes Holm
- Switzerland, My Life as a Zucchini, directed by Claude Barras