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Georgia sends ‘Street’ to Oscars

Country announces nomination before Friday deadline

Georgia became one of the last countries to announce its nomination for best foreign language Oscar when it named Levan Koguashvili’s feature debut “Street Days” just hours before Friday’s deadline.

Koguashvili tells a contemporary story of life in Tbilisi in which a middle aged drug addict is set up by the police to introduce a teenager to drugs so they can blackmail his father.

The film, which plumbs the moral depths of a post-Soviet society where the “lost” generation are those who failed to make the transition from Communism 20 years ago, played at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June.

Another late entrant for the Oscar race is Slovenia’s “9:06” directed by Igor Sterk.

Pic follows a police inspector who gradually assumes the identity of a man whose death he is investigating. The nomination was announced by the Slovenian Film Fund.

Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.

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