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Seven Italian films vie for foreign Oscar slot


Rome, September 16 - A vote will be made September
25 on seven Italian films contending for an Academy Award slot
for Best Foreign Language Film, when a commission for the
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will make their
judgments at the Italian national cinema industry association
(ANICA) headquarters in Rome.
Whether any of the Italian films make it onto the final
Oscar ballot will be known January 16, when five nominees from
around the world are announced.
Italy's submissions include Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande
Bellezza" (The Great Beauty), a film about a culture critic
immersed in the squalid world of Roman high society.
"Miele" (Honey) is a debut film by director Valeria Golino
about a 30-year-old woman whose clandestine job is to help
terminally ill patients commit assisted suicide.
"Razza Bastarda" (Bastard Race) tells the story of an
impoverished, drug-dealing Romanian immigrant who tries to give
his son a better life, and is written, directed and starring
Italian actor Alessandro Gassman, son of Italian screen legend
Vittorio Gassman.
"Salvo" (Saved) is about a mafia henchman who kidnaps and
falls in love with the blind sister of an assassination victim,
directed by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia.
"Viaggio Sola" (I Travel Alone) follows a single career
woman in her 40s with a dream job assessing luxury hotels, and
is directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi.
"Viva la Libertà" (Long Live Freedom) is a film in which an
identical twin with a psychiatric disorder substitutes his
politician brother, who has escaped his duties by fleeing to
France, directed by Roberto Andò.
Also in the running is the thriller-horror film "Midway -
Tra la Vita e la Morta" (Midway - Between Life and Death) by
Sicilian director John Real, about a group of friends who go for
a weekend in the woods and encounter the strange presences that
are suspended between death and afterlife.
The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday,
March 2, 2014.

(photo: a still from Sorrentino's The Great Beauty)

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