Nations mobilize for Oscar's foreign race


Uli Edel's terrorist drama "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex" joined a growing crowd of foreign-language Oscar hopefuls Tuesday, carrying the banner for Germany amid a rash of new entries.

"Komplex" traces the bloody rise and fall of left-wing terrorist group the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader Meinhof gang.

Austria, last year's winner for "The Counterfeiters," added another German-language entry to the mix Tuesday, submitting "Revanche," Gotz Spielmann's story of guilt and revenge.

Shot in a realistic style with a cast of unknowns, "Revanche" has been a festival hit, winning several international prizes.

Other titles joining the race were Jan Troell's "Everlasting Moments," which will represent Sweden, and Bruno Barreto's "Last Stop 174" from Brazil.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign-language film Jan. 22. (partialdiff)