'Harishchandrachi Factory' fails to make final cut at Oscars

'Harishchandrachi Factory' fails to make final cut at Oscars

A scene from 'Harishchandrachi Factory'

In a statement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the category for the 82nd Academy Awards. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category.

The Marathi film by debutant director Paresh Mokashi revolves around the life of Indian film movement's pioneer Dadasaheb Phalke.

According to the Academy, the Foreign Language Film nominations were determined in two phases.

"The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 65 eligible films between mid-October and January 16. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

"The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles."

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on February 2 and the Oscars will be presented on March 7.

The nine shortlisted films are "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Argentina), "Samson & Delilah" (Australia), "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner" (Bulgaria), "Un Prophete" (France), "The White Ribbon" (Germany), "Ajami" (Israel), "Kelin" (Kazakhstan), "Winter in Wartime" (The Netherlands) and "The Milk of Sorrow" (Peru).

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