Oscar nets record with 46 foreign pix

All entries begin screening Dec. 1

HOLLYWOOD — A record 46 countries, including a first-ever entry from Ecuador, have submitted pics to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for Academy Award consideration in the foreign-lingo category.

This year’s roster of submissions includes:

Algeria, “Little Senegal”; Argentina, “Felicidades”; Austria, “The Stranger”; Belgium, “Everybody Famous”; Brazil, “Me, You, Them”; Bulgaria, “Letter to America”; Canada, “Maelstrom”; Chile, “Coronation”; China, “Breaking the Silence”; Croatia, “Marshall Tito’s Spirit”; Czech Republic, “Divided We Fall”; Denmark, “A Place Nearby”; Ecuador, “Dreams From the Middle of the World”; Finland, “Seven Songs From the Tundra”; France, “The Taste of Others”; and Georgia, “27 Missing Kisses.”

Others are Germany, “No Place to Go”; Greece, “Peppermint”; Hong Kong, “In the Mood for Love”; Hungary, “Glamour”; Iceland, “Angels of the Universe”; India, “Hey Ram”; Iran, “A Time for Drunken Horses”; Israel, “Time of Favor”; Italy, “The Hundred Steps”; Japan, “When the Rain Lifts”; Korea, “Chunhyang”; Mexico, “Love’s a Bitch”; Morocco, “Ali Zaoua”; Nepal, “Mask of Desire”; Netherlands, “Little Crumb”; and Norway, “Odd Little Man.”

The Philippines offers “Anak”; Poland, “Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease”; Portugal, “Too Late”; Russia, “His Wife’s Diary”; Slovak Republic, “Landscape”; Spain, “You’re the One (A Tale From Then)”; Sweden, “Songs From the Second Floor”; Switzerland, “Gripsholm”; Taiwan, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”; Thailand, “6ixty-Nin9”; Turkey, “Run for Money”; Venezuela, “Devil Gold”; Vietnam, “Vertical Ray of the Sun”; and, finally, Yugoslavia, “Sky Hook.”

The foreign-language film award committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson, will screen all entries beginning Dec. 1 before voting to nominate five pics.

Nominations will be announced Feb. 13 at the Academy. The Academy Awards will be presented March 25 at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

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