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Oscars 2020: Academy releases shortlist for 10 best international films


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the shortlist for the best ‘International Film’ category.

Ten films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-one films were eligible in the category.

Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round. They must have viewed the submitted films theatrically and met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Their seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant film Parasite has been chosen as a representative of South Korea and is already the hot favourite to walk away with the gong. Elsewhere Pedro Almodóvar’s wonderful picture Pain and Glory is expected to put up a strong fight in for the award, as is Kantemir Balagov’s film Beanpole.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate and must view all 10 shortlisted films in order to cast a ballot.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

  • Czech Republic, The Painted Bird
  • Estonia, Truth and Justice
  • France, Les Misérables
  • Hungary, Those Who Remained
  • North Macedonia, Honeyland
  • Poland, Corpus Christi
  • Russia, Beanpole
  • Senegal, Atlantics
  • South Korea, Parasite
  • Spain, Pain and Glory

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