Canada sends Arcand's 'Darkness' to Oscars


TORONTO -- "L'Age des tenebres" (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 "Les Invasions barbares" (The Barbarian Invasions), which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2005.

Produced by Denise Robert, "L'Age des tenebres," a portrait of a Walter Mitty-like everyman who uses fantasy to endure life, bowed In Competition at Cannes and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was selected to represent Canada at the Oscars by a committee headed up 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 out to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others."