Saudi, Pakistani films in Oscars foreign long list
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's first ever candidate for the foreign language Oscar is among 76 movies on the Academy Award long-list announced on Monday, while Pakistan has entered its first film in five decades.
Moldova and Montenegro have also submitted movies for the first time, among the hopefuls for the best foreign film at the 2014 Oscars, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season next March.
The long list, which has a record number of movies up for Oscars glory, was initially expected to be announced last Friday, but was held up as Academy bigwigs checked that all of them meet the eligibility criteria, industry journal Variety reported.
The Saudi entry, Wadjda by Haifaa al-Mansour, is an avowedly feminist movie about a young girl's quest to own a bicycle in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where women are deprived of many rights, among them driving.