Tanovic's pic will vie for Oscar contention

Director Danis Tanovic is back in the Academy Awards race with “Cirkus Columbia,” Bosnia and Herzegovina’s contender for a nomination in Oscar’s foreign language category.

Tanovic, who won the Oscar in 2002 for his Balkans civil war drama “No Man’s Land,” returns to familiar territory with a revenge drama set in 1992 just as Yugoslavia is about to descend into brutal internecine warfare.

Pic stars Belgrade-born Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic as a businessman who returns from 20 years exile in Germany to evict his wife — who failed to join him in exile — from the family home.

Tanovic’s fourth film, a multi-country co-production that includes France, Germany and Belgium as well as former Yugoslav countries, plays with some of the themes familiar from earlier works, including the sheer disbelief of people as Communism collapses and their once peaceful multi-ethnic states fall into hell.

Submissions for the foreign language Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.

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