Hungary names foreign Oscar contender

'Iska's Journey' an international festival favorite

COLOGNE, Germany -- "Iska's Journey," Csaba Bollok's story of street kids and human trafficking in Eastern Europe, is Hungary's official entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Since its debut at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, "Iska's Journey" has been a public favorite on the international festival circuit. At the Brussels European Film Festival, it took the best actress prize for its teenage cast -- all real street kids with no professional experience.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign-language film on Jan. 22. The Oscars will be held Feb. 22.