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Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007) More at IMDbPro »Eklavya (original title)

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Foreign Film Oscar Noms 2008: The Complete List!

18 October 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- With Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit out of the foreign Oscar picture, Ioncinema.com predicts a four-way race between audience faves PersepolisThe Counterfeiters, 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Caramel. Spain's The Orphanage has the best chance at completing the 5 pack. That said everything else is just a formality. The final five picks will be announced on Jan. 22. The Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 24.        2008 Foreign Oscar Long ListArgentina: Xxy (Lucia Puenzo)Australia: The Home Song Stories (Tony Ayres) Austria: The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowitzky)Azerbaijan: Caucasia (Farid Gumbatov)Bangladesh: On The Wings Of Dreams (Golam Rabbany Biblob)Belgium: Ben X  (Nic Balthazar) Bosnia and Herzegovina: It's Hard To Be Nice (Srdjan Vuletic)Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Cao Hamburger)Bulgaria: Warden of the Dead (Ilian Simeonov)Canada: The Days of Darkness (Denys Arcand)Chile: Padre nuestro (Our Father) - (Rodrigo Sepulveda)China: The Knot (Yun shui »

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India Oscar entry faces legal challenge

1 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW DELHI -- The selection process of India's Oscar entry "Eklavya - The Royal Guard", is being questioned by the makers of "Dharm" (Religion), one of the five films short-listed by the Film Federation of India. "Dharm" director Bhavna Talwar and her Mumbai-based banner WSG Pictures filed a case Friday in the Mumbai High Court alleging that the FFI's selection process which selected "Eklavya" was "biased."

The choice of "Eklavya" as India's Oscar entry was announced Sept. 24.

In a judgment Saturday, the court said that "there was prima facie bias in the selection process of this year's Oscar entry."

The court also asked the FFI to respond to these allegations in the next hearing scheduled for Oct. 10.

In an interview Sunday, Talwar said, "Our main purpose to file the case was to address the wider issue of how the FFI jury is constituted to select a film. The 11 jury members this year included three members who were already partial in their judgement favoring "Eklavya" director Vidhu Vinod Chopra."

Talwar's lawyer Vineet Nair added, "One of these three jury members included film editor Ranjit Bahadur who worked on a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of "Eklavya" featured as an extra on the DVD. »

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