The wait is over, and the news is heartbreaking. Chaitanya Tamhane's Court, India's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards, has not made the short-list of nine films that will advance to the next round of voting.
IndieWire shared the list of films that will now make it to the final five list of nominees, which will be announced on January 14, 2016.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Belgium, "The Brand New Testament," Jaco Van Dormael, director;
Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director;
Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director;
Finland, "The Fencer," Klaus Härö, director;
France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
Germany, "Labyrinth of Lies," Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director;
Ireland, "Viva," Paddy Breathnach, director;
Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director.
Court, a multilingual courtroom drama that looks at the absurd case of a folk singer who has been arrested for abetting suicide through one of his songs, became one of the most critically-acclaimed Indian films of all time earlier this year. It has won a total of 30 international awards, including two top awards at last year's Venice International Film Festival. In light of this praise, many considered the film to be India's best chance yet at winning an Academy Award in the Foreign Language category.
There is a bit of a silver lining to this dark cloud, though — the film is finally out on DVD and VCD.
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