|Wednesday, 22 October 2003|
A record 55 movies entered the race to win nominations for next year's best foreign film Oscar, including Sri Lankan, Palestinian and Mongolian offers, organisers said on Monday.
Sri Lanka's entry is Wekanda Walawwa (Mansion by the Lake) by renowned director Lester James Peries.
Peries' movie tells of a widow's return to her home country and house after spending years living in London, only to be faced with painful old memories and new problems.
"We have three countries this year that have films that have qualified for the category for the first time - Mongolia, Palestine and Sri Lanka - which is very exciting," said an Academy source.
Films from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal and Iran were among those submitted for consideration by voters of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
The international haul of cinematographic offerings is the largest ever submitted for the prestigious category, beating the 2003 total of 54 movies by one, and boasted three Oscar newcomers.
The nominations for the 2004 Oscars will be announced in Los Angeles on January 27 and the winner will be chosen from the five finalists at the Oscars ceremony on February 29.
Last year's winner was Germany's Nowhere in Afrika.
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