Iceland selects 'Jar City' for Oscar race


NEW YORK -- Iceland has selected Baltasar Kormakur's thriller "Jar City" as its official entry in the upcoming best foreign language film Oscar race.

IFC Entertainment brokered a deal with ICM for North American rights to "City" at last month's Toronto International Film Festival. The Icelandic feature is the highest grossing film in its country's history. It was an official selection at this year's Telluride fest and won the 2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's top award.

The adaptation of Arnaldur Indrioason's detective novel follows a father searching for the origin of his daughter's rare genetic disease and a detective searching for a criminal's killer. The detective's search leads him to "Jar City," a home for preserved body parts, and the men's paths collide as the mystery unfolds.

IFC will release the film via its day-and-date First Take program next year.