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Record 46 nations go for foreign-lingo Oscar

Panel to screen all entries, narrow to 5 finalists

A record 46 countries — including first-time contender Ecuador — have submitted pics to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for Academy Award consideration in the foreign-lingo category.

This year’s submissions are Algeria, “Little Senegal”; Argentina, “Felicidades”; Austria, “The Stranger”; Belgium, “Everybody Famous”; Brazil, “Me, You, Them”; Bulgaria, “Letter to America”; Canada, “Maelstrom”; Chile, “Coronation”; China, “Breaking the Silence”; Croatia, “Marshall Tito’s Spirit”; Czech Republic, “Divided We Fall”; Denmark, “A Place Nearby”; Ecuador, “Dreams From the Middle of the World”; Finland, “Seven Songs From the Tundra”; France, “The Taste of Others”; and Georgia, “27 Missing Kisses.”

Others are Germany, “No Place to Go”; Greece, “Peppermint”; Hong Kong, “In the Mood for Love”; Hungary, “Glamour”; Iceland, “Angels of the Universe”; India, “Hey Ram”; Iran, “A Time for Drunken Horses”; Israel, “Time of Favor”; Italy, “The Hundred Steps”; Japan, “When the Rain Lifts”; Korea, “Chunhyang”; Mexico, “Love’s a Bitch”; Morocco, “Ali Zaoua”; Nepal, “Mask of Desire”; Netherlands, “Little Crumb”; and Norway, “Odd Little Man.”

The Philippines offers “Anak”; Poland, “Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease”; Portugal, “Too Late”; Russia, “His Wife’s Diary”; Slovak Republic, “Landscape”; Spain, “You’re the One (A Tale From Then)”; Sweden, “Songs From the Second Floor”; Switzerland, “Gripsholm”; Taiwan, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”; Thailand, “6ixty-Nin9”; Turkey, “Run for Money”; Venezuela, “Devil Gold”; Vietnam, “Vertical Ray of the Sun”; and, finally, Yugoslavia, “Sky Hook.”

Committee to screen

The foreign-language film award committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson, will screen all entries, beginning Dec. 1, before voting to nominate five pics.

Films submitted for consideration may also qualify for kudos in most other categories, provided they meet the requirements governing those categories.

Nominations will be announced Feb. 13 at the Academy. The Academy Awards will be presented March 25 at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

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