Canada picks 'Incendies' to vie for Oscar

Film based on play by Wajdi Mouawad

TORONTO -- Canada has chosen Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" to challenge for the best foreign language Oscar trophy, Telefilm Canada, the country's film financier, said Wednesday.

Sony Pictures Classics earlier picked up the U.S. rights to the French and Arabic-language drama about twins that journey to the Middle East to unearth their family tree.

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The Canadian film, based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad, stars Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard.

"Incendies" played in Toronto after unspooling at the Venice and Telluride festivals.

The film was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw of indie producer micro_scope.