Indian entry Court out of Oscar nominations race

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2015 11:49 IST
Court is about trial of an ageing folk singer accused of being a Naxal sympathiser. The film is a sharp critique of the Indian legal system. (CourtTheFilm/Facebook)

Marathi film Court directed by award-winning filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane is out of the best foreign film Oscar race. The film failed to qualify in the Academy’s latest shortlist. Nine films have advanced in the race for the Oscar for foreign-language film out of 80 movies and they have moved on to the next phase of voting for the 88th Academy Awards.

Debutante Tamhane’s film beat Rajkumar Hirani’s PK, Neeraj Ghyaywan’s Cannes winner Masaan, Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider, M Manikandan’s Kaaka Muttai and SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali as India’s official entry in the foreign film category for the Oscars.

The films that have made it to the Oscar shortlist in the best foreign film category include Belgium’s The Brand New Testament, Colombia’s Embrace of the Serpent, Denmark’s A War, Finland’s The Fencer, France’s Mustang, Germany’s Labyrinth of Lies, Hungarian project Son of Saul, Ireland’s Viva, and Jordan’s Theeb.

Read: We kept our expectations low: Chaitanya Tamhane on Court

Court has been directed by Chaitanya Tamhane. (CourtTheFilm/Facebook)

Seven of the nine films are from Europe. There is one from the Mideast and one from South America. Asia and Africa were shut out, as were Australia (which had submitted Arrows of the Thunder Dragon) and North America (including Canada’s Felix and Meira and Mexico’s 600 Miles).

Read: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court wins two prizes at Venice film festival

There were some high-profile films that didn’t make the cut. The no-shows include Austria’s Goodnight Mommy, Brazil’s The Second Mother, Iranian film Muhammad: The Messenger of God, Palestine’s The Wanted 18, Poland’s 11 Minutes and Portugal’s Arabian Nights - Volume 2, The Desolate One.

Watch Court trailer here:

The nominations of the 88th Oscars will announced on January 14 and the ceremony is to be held on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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