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Hajdu’s ‘Pascal’ enters Oscar race

Pic is Hungary's pick for best foreign lingo film

“Bibliotheque Pascal,” helmer Szabolcs Hajdu’s strange tale of a woman forced into prostitution in the U.K. after leaving her young daughter with a fortune-telling aunt, is Hungary’s entry for consideration in the race for foreign-language Oscar.

The film, which features Hajdu’s real-life wife and daughter and stars Romanian thesp Oana Pellea as the aunt, took the main prize at Hungary’s national film awards in January.

Surreal and dream-like, the film unfolds as the woman — who has escaped imprisonment in a Liverpool sex club — returns home and is forced to tells social workers her story to regain custody of her child.

Picture was chosen by a committee of Hungarian film critics and industry personalities.

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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