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Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director; Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director; Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director; Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director; France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors; Iceland, “The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director; Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors; Romania, “Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director; Switzerland, “Sister,” Ursula Meier, director. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. 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. »

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