Bosnia selects ‘Children’ for Oscar race

Aida Begic's film premiered at Cannes

MOSCOW — Bosnian director Aida Begic’s “Children of Sarajevo” has been entered for the foreign language Oscar race by Bosnian and Herzegovina’s Filmmakers Assn.

The film premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in May, where it picked up a jury special distinction award. Story centers on the fates of people picking up their lives in post-war Sarajevo.

Begic’s debut, “Snow” — about village women who unite to prevent outsiders buying up land on the cheap — was the country’s Oscar entry in 2009.

“Children of Sarajevo” was chosen by a committee that included director Danis Tanovic, who won a foreign-language Oscar in 2002 for “No Man’s Land,” and other directors and producers including Ahmed Imamovic, Srdan Vuletic, Faruk Loncarevic, Elma Tataragic, Jovan Marjanovic, Srdan Sarenac, Ines Tanovic and costume designer Lejla Hodzic.

The pic beat out “A Cell Phone Movie” by Nedzad Begovic.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 15. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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