The Straits Times
Published on Oct 09, 2012

French, Austrian films in Oscars foreign long-list


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - French blockbuster Les Intouchables and Austrian Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Love are hot tips for best foreign language Oscar, from a long-list of candidates published on Monday.

Hong Kong movie master Johnnie To and China's Chen Kaige - whose Farewell my Concubine won the top Cannes film festival prize in 1993 - are also among films from 71 countries which could be vying for an Academy statuette.

Iran, whose A Separation won foreign language Oscar for Asghar Farhadi this year, has no entry after Iranian authorities last month withdrew their candidate due anger at a United States (US)-made anti-Islam online film.

Les Intouchables (The Intouchables) by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano has become the second biggest domestic box office and the biggest French film ever at the box office overseas.