The Academy gave its shortlist of nine films in the running for Best Foreign Language Oscar nominations this year. New York Film Festival features Omar by Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine) and The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh (Cambodia) are among this year’s group that will be narrowed again next month when the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards are unveiled, likely bringing the list to five. Three films are tapped to screen in Film Society’s upcoming Foreign Language Contenders series, including Wong Kar-wai’s Berlin International Film Festival opener The Grandmaster, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Danis Tanovic’s An Episode in the life of an Iron Picker. His 2001 feature No Man’s Land was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Hunt, The Grandmaster and An Episode in the life of an Iron Picker will screen in Film Society’s upcoming For Your Consideration: Foreign Oscar Hopefuls series.

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A record 76 countries submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. 

The Shortlist follows:

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.