Variety | 10/6/2009 12:00:00 AM
Foreign pics play Oscar-nom bingo
Oct 6--60 films now in the running for awards honors
With Vietnam, Peru, Colombia, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Uruguay and Indonesia now declared, Daily Variety has tallied 60 films in the running.
Vietnam was allowed to register its choice -- helmer Dang Nhat Minh's "Don't Burn," based on the war diary of a resistance army medic -- by email after the postal invitation to submit an entry arrived late, according to an official from the country's Cinema Agency's Intl. Co-operation Division.
Peru's Oscar team was torn between two big fest pics but went for the Berlin Golden Bear winner for film, "La teta asustada" (The Milk of Sorrow), by Claudia Llosa, the niece of Peruvian literary giant Mario Vargas Llosa and the daughter of helmer Luis Llosa. It beat Ricardo de Montreuil's road movie "Mancora," which played in the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema sidebar in 2008.
"La teta asustada" is based on a folk belief that women raped during Peru's decades of political violence would traumatize the children they breastfed.
Colombia selected a Cannes player, Ciro Guerra's road movie "Los viajes del viento" (Wind Journeys), which played in Un Certain Regard sidebar.
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