Russia selects 'Krai' in Oscar bid

Alexei Uchitel's Siberian drama screened at Toronto

MOSCOW -- The Russian Oscar committee has announced Alexei Uchitel's "Krai" as the country's entry in the race for the best foreign language Oscar.

The movie surprisingly beat the other shortlisted films, including Alexei Popogrebsky's "How I Ended This Summer," which collected the best actor and the outstanding artistic achievement/camera Silver Bears at this year's Berlinale, and Nikita Mikhalkov's "Burnt by the Sun 2," which was part of the official selection at Cannes this year.

"Krai," a drama set in the Siberian hinterland shortly after the end of World War II, had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.