Korea's Finecut reps 3 Oscar submissions

Foreign-language contenders screening at AFM, AFI

Move over, Harvey Weinstein. Korean-based sales company Finecut is representing no fewer than three films submitted for consideration for this year's foreign-language Oscar.

Offered up as Korea's national entry is Kim Tae-Kyun's Cold War story "Crossing," which tells the tale of a family just happy to be, despite living in poverty. Pablo Trapero's Cannes competition entry "Lion's Den," meanwhile, has been submitted as the national entry for Argentina; and Siddiq Barmak's Afghan war tale "Opium War" has been entered for Afghanistan.

"We actually had all three films before they were (submitted)," Finecut's Ej Cho said. "There has been a higher interest in the films since (they were submitted). This could increase more if they are selected as one of the five (nominees) for this year's prize."

Both "Crossing" and "Opium War" are screening at AFM this week, while "Lion's Den's" is playing AFI.

A record 67 countries submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language category this year. The five nominees will be announced Jan. 22.
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