'Darkness' is Canada's Oscar pick

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"Days of Darkness," Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand's latest film, will represent Canada in the foreign-language film competition at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The Quebec film completes a trilogy by Arcand that began with "Decline of the American Empire" and includes "The Barbarian Invasions," which won foreign-language film Oscar in 2005.

Produced by Denise Robert, "Darkness" is a portrait of a Walter Mitty-like everyman who uses fantasy to endure life. It bowed In Competition at May's Festival de Cannes and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was selected to represent Canada at the Oscars by a committee headed by Telefilm Canada, the federal government's film financier.

In 2006, Deepa Mehta's "Water" was nominated in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars, but lost to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others."
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