Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra
Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm
Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Härö
France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli
Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes
Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach
Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar
The list of five official nominees will be announced on January 14. The Oscars gala will be held on February 28.
"The Fencer" has also recently been nominated for a Golden Globe.
The film tells the story of the legendary Estonian fencing coach Endel Nelis (1925-1993), played by Estonian actor Märt Avandi. It is directed by Klaus Härö and based on the original screenplay by Anna Heinämaa.
Last year, Estonia's entry "Tangerines" earned an Oscar nomination but lost to Poland's "Ida" in the end. "The Fencer" represents Finland.
Source: 'The Fencer' advances to top 9 in Oscars race | News | ERR