Russia, Hungary name Oscar picks

Russia, Hungary name Oscar picks
LONDON -- Russia named 9th Company and Hungary selected White Palms on Tuesday as their respective candidates for best foreign-language film at the 2007 Academy Awards. The first feature from director Fedor Bondarchuk, Company is based on the story of a group of Soviet soldiers abandoned to their fate by negligent officers at the end of the Russian-Afghan war of the 1980s. Bondarchuk's film beat a field of 14 to be the Russian choice, finishing just one vote ahead of Pavel Lungin's film Ostrov (Island), Vladimir Menshov, head of the Oscar committee of Russia's national film academy, told state news agency RIA Novosti.

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