“Paradjanov” among 76 films competing for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The film Paradjanov Ukraine’s candidate for the Foreign language Oscar, is among 76 movies on the Academy Award long-list, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

A record 76 films have been submitted for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. That number is up from the 71 films that were submitted last year.

The nominees, which will be announced Jan. 16, will be determined by committees set up by the foreign-language branch.

Paradjanov, directed by first-time feature directors Olena Fetisova and Serge Avedikian, who also stars as the renowned director, was made as a co-production between Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia – the three countries in which Paradjanov worked – and France.

The €2 million biopic had its world premiere as part of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s program East of West last July. It was later screened at the Odessa International Film Festival and collected the Golden Duke award for the best Ukrainian film. It had a general Ukrainian release on Sept. 12.

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