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The 76th Annual Academy Awards
Nominees: Best Foreign Language Film

 Les Invasions Barbares | Official Site

The Barbarian Invasions

Directed by Denys Arcand

When history professor Rémy Girard learns that he is dying, his ex-wife summons home their son, Sébastien, whose career as a successful stock trader has earned him his socialist father's disdain. In an effort to ease Rémy's last days, Sébastien gathers together a group of his father's oldest friends.

 Ondskan | Official Site


Directed by Mikael Håfström

Based on Jan Guillou's scandalous best-selling autobiographical novel from 1981, Mikael Håfström’s Evil focuses on sixteen-year-old Erik, whose life has been plagued by violence. Tormented by his abusive stepfather, he has hit back in the only way he knows: by giving a good thrashing to anyone in his way.

 Tasogare Seibei | Official Site

The Twilight Samurai

Directed by Yoji Yamada

In nineteenth-century Japan, a widowed samurai caring for his mother and two young daughters has little time or inclination to pursue his profession's traditional warrior life. That changes, however, when he steps forward to defend a young woman from an attack by her drunken ex-husband.

 De Tweeling | Official Site
Twin Sisters

The Netherlands
Directed by Ben Sombogaart

In Germany during the 1920s, twin sisters Anna and Lotte are separated following the death of their parents. A well-to-do aunt in Holland raises one sister while the other grows up in difficult circumstances on a German farm owned by an uncle. Both 'new' parents prevent any communication and both girls continue not knowing of each other.

 Zelary | Official Site

Czech Republic
Directed by Ondrej Trojan

During the Second World War, a medical student involved in the Resistance is forced to go into hiding in an isolated mountain village under the protection of the rugged Joza. As Eliska adjusts to her new life, she and Joza begin to form a complex bond despite their many differences.

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