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Foreign Language Film Directors to Take the Stage at Oscar® Week Event


Beverly Hills, CA — Filmmakers from Austria, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland and Russia will participate (subject to availability) in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium on Saturday, February 23, at 10 a.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The program, moderated by Oscar-winning producer and Foreign Language Executive Committee Chair Mark Johnson (“Rain Man,” “ The Chronicles of Narnia”), will feature the directors of this year’s nominated foreign language films in a live onstage discussion addressing such issues as art, politics and filmmaking.

In addition to presenting clips from the nominated films, the two-hour event will also provide the opportunity for questions from the audience.

The 2007 Foreign Language Film nominees are:

Austria, “The Counterfeiters,” Stefan Ruzowitzky, director
Israel, “Beaufort,” Joseph Cedar, director
Kazakhstan, “Mongol,” Sergei Bodrov, director
Poland, “Katyn,” Andrzej Wajda, director
Russia, “12,” Nikita Mikhalkov, director

Admission to the Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium is free, but advance tickets are required. There is a four ticket per person limit. Tickets may be obtained online at, by mail, or in person at the Academy’s box office beginning Friday, February 1, at 9 a.m.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600 or visit

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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