Oscar race rules out Sweden’s ‘Best’ pic

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has ruled that “The Best Intentions,” Sweden’s selection for Academy Award consideration as best foreign-language film, does not meet eligibility requirements.

The ruling against “Best Intentions,” winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, won’t likely sit well with some members of the film community, who object to the often complicated qualifying rules for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Representatives for the film’s domestic distributor, Samuel Goldwyn, could not be reached late Friday.

According to the Academy, the film, directed by Bille August and written by Ingmar Bergman, based on the courtship of Bergman’s parents, cannot be entered in the competition because it ran as a television mini-series in December 1991, prior to its theatrical release. The Acad’s Rule 1 states that an entry must premiere in theaters before it can be shown on TV.

The film’s director argued that the theatrical version was an entirely separate artistic creation.

Sweden will be offered the opportunity to submit another film to this year’s foreign-language film Oscar competition.

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