Poles pick 'All That I Love' for Oscar race

Jacek Borcuch's 1980s coming of age story

COLOGNE, Germany -- Poland's Oscar committee has picked Jacek Borcuch's "All That I Love," a coming of age story about four teenagers trying to form a punk band amid the political upheaval of 1980s Poland, as the country's official candidate for Best Foreign Language Film.

"All That I Love" bowed at the Polish Film Festival last year, where it won the Audience Award. It's U.S. debut was in Sundance earlier this year. Borcuch also wrote the screenplay to "All That I Love" with Poland's Prasa i Film producing together with Telewizja Polska and Canal Plus. WIDE is handling international sales.

Polish films have been nominated eight times for the Foreign Language Oscar, most recently with Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn" (2007). But the country has never won the Academy Award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film on Jan. 18 and the final five nominees on Jan. 25. The 2011 Oscars will be awarded on Feb. 27.