LONDON — Croatia has selected Tomislav Mrsic’s comedy “Cowboys” as its submission for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Pic centers on a theater director who returns to his home town and sets out to form a theater troupe from a group of misfits, losers and drifters. They stage a play based on Hollywood Westerns with the usual cliches and stereotypes of the genre — the fight between good and evil, the clash between civilization and the wilderness, and so on — but as the actors develop their stories, they start to view the play as a metaphor for their own destinies.

The film won the audience award at Pula Film Festival, Croatia’s leading event for national films.

The producer is Suzana Pandek at Kabinet in Zagreb, and international sales are being handled by Wide Management.

The selection was made by the Croatian Film Workers Assn.

The deadline for submissions for the foreign-language category is Oct. 1. The Oscar nominations are revealed Jan. 15, and the awards take place on Feb. 22.