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Chile, Egypt tap films for Acad consideration

Oscar nominations to be announced Jan. 25

Chile has selected Andres Wood’s blockbuster “Machuca” to contend for the foreign-language Oscar nomination; Egypt has tapped Osama Fawzy’s “I Love Cinema.”

Wood’s coming-of-age story charts a friendship between two 11-year-old boys from opposite socioeconomic backgrounds in the political turmoil of the early ’70s. Spanish sales company Latido has sold the drama to Ocean Films in France, CNC for Belgium, Xenix for Switzerland, Lady Film in Italy, Medial in Greece, Shani for Israel, Circuito Cinearte for Brazil, Chantier in Turkey and Comstock for Japan. Latin American and U.S. rights are still up for grabs.

“Machuca” is produced by Wood Prods.; Mamoun Hassan; Paraiso; Chile Films; and Gerardo Herrero’s Tornasol, which is one of the three partners — with Pancho Casal’s Continental and Antonio Saura’s Zebra — in Latido.

Fawzy’s “I Love Cinema” was chosen by a committee selected by the Cairo Int. Film Festival and headed by writer Kamel Zoheiri. Pic beat out vet helmer Youssef Chahine’s “Alexandria-New York.”

Fawzy’s biopic explores his strict Coptic Christian upbringing. It was produced by Issad Youness for El Arabeya Co.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hopes to announce the full list of foreign-lingo films for consideration either today or early next week.

The five nominees will be announced, along with the other Oscar noms, Jan. 25. The Oscars will take place Feb. 27.

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