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'Monsieur Lazhar' Chosen By Canada For Best Foreign Film Oscar Competition

The Quebec film earlier won jury prizes in Toronto and Locarno.

TORONTO -- No surprise here: Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar will contend for Canada as its possible nominee in the best foreign language film competition at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The selection follows the Quebec film on Sunday winning the best Canadian feature jury prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And earlier, Monsieur Lazhar picked up two prizes at Locarno.

The Canadian movie portrays an Algerian immigrant hired to replace a school teacher who died tragically.

Monsieur Lazhar, Falardeau’s fourth feature, opens on theatrical release in Quebec on October 28.