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Nine foreign-language films continue in Oscar race

January 19, 2011 |  9:57 am


And then there were nine.

Sixty-six films originally qualified in the foreign language film category for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Nine have made the cut and will advance to the next round, when the number will narrowed down to five final nominees.

The nine films announced Wednesday morning are:

"Hors la Loi," directed by Rachid Bouchareb (Algeria)

"Incendies," directed by Denis Villeneuve (Canada)

"In a Better World," directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)

"Dogtooth," directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)

"Confessions," directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Japan)

"Biutiful," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Mexico)

"Life Above All," directed by Oliver Schmitz (South Africa)

"Tambien la Lluvia," directed by Iciar Bollain (Spain)

"Simple Simon," directed by Andreas Ohman (Sweden)

The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday and the awards will be presented Feb. 27.

-- Susan King

  Photo: Javier Bardem in "Biutiful." Credit: Jose Haro / Roadside Attractions