Miramax takes U.S. rights in Hindi pic

Asif Kapadia’s “The Warrior” has been chosen as the British entry for this year’s foreign-lingo Oscar race.

The epic adventure, shot in Hindi, concerns a warrior’s spiritual journey from the deserts of Rajasthan to the Himalayas. It was financed by FilmFour, British Screen and Senator, and picked up for North America by Miramax.

Meanwhile, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past,” Finland’s Oscar hopeful, scooped Scandinavia’s largest film award, the Nordic Council’s $50,000 prize, on Tuesday. Kaurismaki will receive the award during a televised gala performance at Helsinki’s Opera House, where the Nordic Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Pic, about a man’s struggle to adjust to life after losing his memory, is on the European Film Academy’s shortlist for the 2002 European film prize.

Movie launched at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Grand Prix, the ecumenical prize and actress honor for Kati Outinen. Released domestically by UIP Finland, the film stalled at 50,000 ticket sales. After its international performance, it has doubled that number.

Canuck ‘crabe’ cake

As for Canada’s foreign-lingo submission to the Oscars, Telefilm Canada announced Thursday that it will be Montreal writer-director Andre Turpin’s “Un crabe dans la tete” (Soft Shell Man).

The French-lingo dramatic comedy world preemed at the opening-night selection of Perspective Canada at 2001’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Pic went on to win several prizes at the Quebec Jutra Awards.

David La Haye, Isabelle Blais and Emmanuel Bilodeau star in the story about a successful underwater photographer (La Haye) who has an emotional crisis after a deep-sea diving accident. The film is produced by Qu4tre par Quatre Films.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will pick five of the national entries Feb. 11 to compete as nominees for the foreign-lingo Oscar.

The Academy Awards will take place March 23.

(Adam Dawtrey in London, Jorn Rossing Jensen in Copenhagen and Brendan Kelly in Montreal contributed to this report.)

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