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65 foreign films vie for Oscar

October 16, 2009|Associated Press

Top prize winners from the Cannes and Berlin film festivals are among 65 movies competing for the foreign-language honor at the Academy Awards next March.

Oscar contenders include Germany's "The White Ribbon," director Michael Haneke's sober drama that won the main prize at May's Cannes festival. Set on the eve of World War I, the film explores the collective guilt of a small town besieged by strange acts of violence.

The top winner at February's Berlin festival, Claudia Llosa's "The Milk of Sorrow," is Peru's entry for the foreign-language Oscar. The film explores the fear of women abused during the Peruvian government's war with leftist guerrillas.

Also in the Oscar race is France's "A Prophet," Jacques Audiard's prison drama that was the runner-up at Cannes.

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