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‘Headshot’ enters Oscar foreign-lingo race

Thailand selects serial-killer thriller

BEIJING — Thailand will send writer-helmer Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s brooding noir thriller “Headshot” to Hollywood as its candidate for the foreign language category of the Academy Awards, the helmer’s fourth go at Oscar glory.

The selection was made by the National Federation of Thai Film Assns., local media reported, after the news was widely leaked on social media at the weekend.

Pic was produced by Pawas Sawatchaiyamet and Raymond Phathanavirangoon.

The helmer’s previous Oscar candidates were “6ixtynin9” in 2000, “Monrak Transistor” in 2002 and “Last Life in the Universe” in 2003.

“Headshot,” which tells the story of a serial killer who sees the world upside down after he is shot in the head, bowed at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in 2011.

Pic features Nopachai “Peter” Jayanama, Sirin “Cris” Horwang, Chanokporn “Dream” Sayoungkul, Apisit “Joey Boy” Opasaimlikit and Krerkkiat Punpiputt.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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