Oscars: European Film Promotion to Screen Record Number of Foreign-Language Contenders

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After winning the foreign-language film Oscar with 'Ida,' Poland is this year sending '11 Minutes.'

Latvia and Albania will participate in the LA Screenings of 27 hopefuls for the first time.

The race for the best foreign-language film honor at the 88th Academy Awards has started, and European Film Promotion (EFP) will once again showcase the European contenders in its LA Screenings series.

The organization said that the series this year includes a record number of 27 titles, out of a total of 81 Oscar submissions in the category. Latvia and Albania will participate in the LA Screenings for the first time, it said.

"Since most of the films are still available for the U.S. market, distributors and international buyers are invited to the screenings along with the Academy members, who are offered an extra screening window in their tough schedule," EFP said.

The LA Screenings are held Oct. 25-Nov. 8 at the Wilshire Screening Room in Beverly Hills.

Here is the complete lineup of films set for screenings:

Albania: Bota by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci
Belgium: The Brand New Testament by Jaco Van Dormael
Bulgaria: The Judgement by Stephan Komandarev
Croatia: The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić
Czech Republic: Home Care by Slávek Horák
Estonia: 1944 by Elmo Nüganen
Finland: The Fencer by Klaus Härö
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM): Honey Night by Ivo Trajkov
Georgia: Moira by Levan Tutberidze
Greece: XENiA by Panos H. Koutras
Ireland: Viva by Paddy Breathnach
Italy: Don't Be Bad by Claudio Caligari
Kosovo: Babai by Visar Morina
Latvia: Modris by Juris Kursietis
Lithuania: The Summer of Sangailė by Alantė Kavaitė
Luxembourg: Baby(a)lone by Donato Rotunno
Montenegro: You Carry Me by Ivona Juka
Norway: The Wave by Roar Uthaug
Poland: 11 Minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski
Portugal: Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One by Miguel Gomes
Romania: Aferim! by Radu Jude
Serbia: Enclave by Goran Radovanović
Slovak Republic: Koza by Ivan Ostrochovský
Spain: Loreak (Flowers) by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga
Sweden: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence by Roy Andersson
Switzerland: Iraqi Odyssey by Samir
The Netherlands: The Paradise Suite by Joost van Ginkel