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Dominican Republic is in the Oscar Foreign Language Film Race 2017

These are the films that have been announced as their countries’ official selections for the 2017 Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film.

Submission does not guarantee acceptance — they must still be vetted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, which will release the official list of qualifying films in early October.

This list will be updated as more countries announce their entries. An asterisk indicates that TheWrap has seen the film.

“Pomegranate Orchard”
Director: Ilgar Najaf
Inspired by Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” Najaf’s slow-paced drama deals with a prodigal son who returns to his family’s home (which includes a large orchard) after being away for a dozen years.

“Men Don’t Cry”
Director: Alena Drljevic
The main characters in Drljevic’s film are middle-aged veterans of the Yugoslav War who meet for group therapy at a hotel in the mountains. The director’s narrative-feature debut won awards at both the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this summer.
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“Woodpeckers” (“Carpinteros”)
Director: Jose Maria Cabral
Jose Maria Cabral represented the Dominican Republic in the Oscar race five years ago with “Check Mate,” and is back with a story set in adjacent male and female prisons, where inmates communicate by sign language between the two institutions. The film, in which a risky romance develops between two prisoners, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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“In the Fade” *
Director: Fatih Akin
Diane Kruger won the best-actress award at Cannes for this drama, in which she plays a woman who seeks revenge when her husband and son are killed in a bombing. Akin’s acclaimed drama “The Edge of Heaven” was Germany’s Oscar submission a decade ago, and its failure to be nominated was one of the snubs that caused the Academy to alter its method of choosing foreign-language nominees.
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“The Dark Wind”
Director: Hussein Hassan
Hassan’s film, which is set during the Islamic State takeover of Northern Iraq and subsequent genocide of the Yezidi people, drew angry protests from Yezidi viewers when it first screened at the 2016 Duhok International Film Festival. But his story of a woman who is abducted, sold into slavery and raped by ISIS has been well-received elsewhere, winning the top jury prize in Dubai.
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“White Sun”
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Danny Glover is among the producers of this Nepalese production, which is set during the civil war that lasted from 1996 to 2006. It tells the story of a small village whose residents must transport the dead body of a former mayor to a spot where he can be cremated, although almost all the adult males who by custom must handle that task have left the village because of the war.

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Aug 24, 2017

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