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51 countries bid for Oscar

Record number of nations vie for foreign-lingo Academy Award

Fifty-one countries have entered the race for the 2001 foreign-language film Oscar, besting last year’s record competition by five pics.

Joining France (“Amelie”), Austria (“The Piano Teacher”) and Colombia (“Our Lady of the Assassins”) on the list of contenders are pics from four first-timers: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania and Uruguay.

O’seas contenders

Other entries include Bosnia-Herzegovina’s “No Man’s Land,” Brazil’s “Behind the Sun,” the Czech Republic’s “Dark Blue World,” Denmark’s “Italian for Beginners” and Italo entry “The Son’s Room.”

Selections were made by juries of filmmakers in each country. Only one pic, which need not have been released in L.A., was accepted per country.

Before voting on the five Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ foreign-language film committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson, must see each entry; screenings start Nov. 28.

Getting a gander

Pics submitted in the foreign-lingo category may qualify for Oscars in other categories, provided they meet the requirements governing them.

Nominations will be announced Feb. 12; the 74th annual Academy Awards will be held March 24 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

This year’s submissions are:

Albania, “Slogans,” Gjergj Xhuvani, director

Algeria, “Inch’Allah Dimanche,” Yamina Benguigui, director

Argentina, “Son of the Bride,” Juan José Campanella, director

Armenia, “Symphony of Silence,” Vigen Chaldranian, director

Australia, “La Spagnola,” Steve Jacobs, director

Austria, “The Piano Teacher,” Michael Haneke, director

Belgium, “Pauline & Paulette,” Lieven Debrauwer, director

Bosnia & Herzegovina, “No Man’s Land,” Danis Tanovic, director

Brazil, “Behind the Sun,” Walter Salles, director

Bulgaria, “Fate as a Rat,” Ivan Pavlov, director

Canada, “Atanarjuat,” Zacharias Kunuk, director

Chile, “A Cab for Three,” Orlando Lubbert, director

Colombia, “Our Lady of the Assassins,” Barbet Schroeder, director

Croatia, “Queen of the Night,” Branko Schmidt, director

Czech Republic, “Dark Blue World,” Jan Sverak, director

Denmark, “Italian for Beginners,” Lone Scherfig, director

Estonia, “The Heart of the Bear,” Arvo Iho, director

Finland, “The River,” Jarmo Lampela, director

France, “Amélie,” Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director

Georgia, “The Migration of the Angel,” Nodar Managadze, director

Germany, “The Experiment,” Oliver Hirschbiegel, director

Greece, “In Good Company,” Nikos Zapatinas, director

Hong Kong, “Fulltime Killer,” Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai, directors

Hungary “Abandoned,” Arpád Sopsits, director

Iceland, “The Seagull’s Laughter,” Agust Gudmundsson, director

India, “Lagaan,” Ashutosh Gowariker, director

Iran, “Baran,” Majid Majidi, director

Israel, “Late Marriage,” Dover Kosahvili, director

Italy, “The Son’s Room,” Nanni Moretti, director

Japan, “Go,” Isao Yukisada, director

Kyrgyzstan, “The Chimp,” Aktan Abdykalykov, director

Mexico, “Perfume de violetas, nadie te oye,” Maryse Sistach, director

Netherlands, “Nynke,” Pieter Verhoeff, director

Norway, “Elling,” Petter Nëss, director

Philippines, “In the Bosom of the Enemy,” Gil M. Portes, director

Poland, “Quo Vadis,” Jerzy Kawalerowicz, director

Portugal, “Camarate,” Luis Filipe Rocha, director

Puerto Rico, “12 Hours,” Raúl Marchand-Sánchez, director

Russia, “The Romanovs: An Imperial Family,” Gleb Panfilov, director

Slovenia, “Bread and Milk,” Jan Cvitkovic , director

Spain, “Mad Love,” Vicente Aranda, director

Sweden, “Jalla! Jalla!,” Josef Fares, director

Switzerland, “In Praise of Love,” Jean-Luc Godard, director

Taiwan, “The Cabbie,” Zhang Huakun & Chen Yiwen, directors

Tanzania, “Maangamizi,” Martin Mhando & Ron Mulvihill, directors

Thailand, “The Moonhunter,” Bhandit Rittakol, director

Turkey, “Büyük Adam Küçük Ask / Hejar,” Handan Ipekça , director

United Kingdom (Wales), “Do Not Go Gentle,” Emlyn Williams, director

Uruguay, “In This Tricky Life,” Beatriz Flores Silva, director

Venezuela, “A House with a View of the Sea,” Alberto Aruelo, director

Yugoslavia, “War Live,” Darko Bajic , director

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