You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Four new films in Oscar contention

Titles join foreign-language film race

Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender.

“The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the New York Film Festival, was produced by Haut et Court.

Adapted from Francois Begaudeau’s novel, the pic chronicles the experience of a teacher in an underprivileged Paris neighborhood.

The Gallic selection committee included Thierry Fremaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival; Alain Terzian, president of the Cesars Academy; thesp Jeanne Moreau; and helmers Jean-Jacques Annaud, Constantin Costa-Gavras and Regis Wargnier.

Pic will bow Wednesday in France. Memento Films is handling international sales.

It will be distribbed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics, which has also picked up “O ‘Horten.”

The bittersweet comedy is about a train driver heading into retirement, written and produced by Hamer for Bulbur Films.

Pic made its international debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and has since been sold by the Match Factory to more than 35 countries.

“O’ Horten” is also in the running for a nomination from the European Film Academy awards, to be handed out in Copenhagen on Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, India on Saturday selected UTV’s “Taare zameen par,” a relationship movie about a dyslexic child and a teacher who goes the extra mile.

Pic, the directorial debut of Aamir Khan (“Lagaan”), also picked up six top awards at the Nokia 14th Annual Star Screen Awards over the weekend. Khan’s 2001 “Lagaan,” earned a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

A tear-jerking smash hit, “Taare” was selected by the Film Federation of India on Saturday and seems unlikely to draw the same degree of criticism as did last year’s nomination process.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences invited 96 countries to submit films for foreign-language Oscar consideration. Deadline for submission is Oct. 1, the noms will be announced Jan. 22, and the 81st kudofest takes place Feb. 22.

More Scene

  • Jeff Bridges'Bad Times at the El

    Jeff Bridges Approves of A 'Big Lebowski' Remake: 'If I Was in It'

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • 'Milk Bar' Founder Christina Tosi Previews

    Milk Bar Founder Christina Tosi on Opening in L.A. and Whether She'll Do a Cooking Show

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • Taraji P. HensonTaraji's Boutique of Hope

    Taraji P. Henson Opens Up About Seeking Mental Health Treatment

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • Bryan Cranston Reflects on Early Rejection,

    Bryan Cranston Reflects on Early Rejection and the 'Breaking Bad' Scene That Still Rocks Him

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • Channing Tatum on Taking Time Off,

    Channing Tatum Says He's Ready To Get Back to Work After Quiet Year

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • Zendaya Wants To Do a 'Little

    Zendaya Wants To Do A 'Little Mermaid' Live Action: 'Why Wouldn't I?'

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

  • Meryl Streep Wants Tracey Ullman to

    Meryl Streep Wants Tracey Ullman to Run for President

    Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) has been picked to represent France in the race for nomination in the foreign-language film category at the 81st Academy Awards while Bent Hamer’s “O’ Horten” is Norway’s hopeful and “Taare zameen par” is India’s contender. “The Class,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and opened the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content