Foreign-language Oscar pulls in 61 submissions

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Kazakhstan may be bracing itself for the release of the 20th Century Fox comedy "Borat," but Thursday the country got some good news when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of the 61 countries that have successfully submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language-film category at the 79th annual Academy Awards (HR 10/20).

For the first time, Kazahstan will be represented by a film: "Nomad," a historical epic set in the 18th century and directed by Sergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov and Ivan Passer, which the Weinstein Co. has acquired for domestic distribution.

Although the Academy included Finland's submission of Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk" on its list, the director has requested the film be withdrawn because he didn't approve of the submission.

The 61 films selected represent a record number in the category.

A complete list of entries is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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