The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has released the list of the nine finalists for the Foreign Language Oscar. These nine will be whittled down to five when this year's nominations are announced next month. The nine are:
Belgium's "The Broken Circle Breakdown", Bosnia and Herzegovina's "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker", Cambodia's "The Missing Picture", Denmark's "The Hunt", Germany's "Two Lives", Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster", Hungary's "The Notebook", Italy's "The Great Beauty" and Palestine's "Omar".
Various high profile films failed to make the cut. These include Australia's "The Rocket," Chile's "Gloria," Iran's "The Past," Israel's "Bethlehem" and Saudi Arabia's "Wadjda".