Nine films advance in Oscars foreign-language race

Nine movies have made the cut to compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. The shortlist includes Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann,” a German comedy about a troubled father-daughter relationship, which added a Golden Globe nomination in the foreign-language category on Monday after sweeping the board at the weekend’s European film awards. Other frontrunners include “The Salesman,” a drama about violence and its consequences by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, whose 2011 movie “A Separation” won the foreign-language Oscar, and Xavier Dolan’s Canadian drama “It’s Only the End of the World,” which bagged the Cannes Grand Prix.

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