Film won Camera d'Or at Cannes

SYDNEY — “Samson and Delilah,” which won the Camera d’Or for first film at Cannes, has been selected as Australia’s entry for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

Pic, written and directed by Warwick Thornton, is a love story between Aboriginal teenagers and is shot in the Aboriginal language of Warlpiri.

It has been a hit Down Under, currently topping the box office with a take of A$3.2 million ($2.7 million).

The film was produced by Scarlet Pictures and the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Assn. in association with the Adelaide Film Festival. International sales are handled by Paris-based Elle Driver.

Only one other Aussie pic was eligible for the nom, Jonathan Auf Der Heide’s “Van Dieman’s Land,” shot predominantly in Gaelic.

The closing date for submissions to the foreign language category is Thursday. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2, and the 82nd Academy Awards take place on March 7.

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