Oscars get entries from record number of countries for foreign-language prize

Amour, which won top prize at Cannes, is among films from 71 countries in running for foreign-language Academy Award

Academy Awards organisers have received submissions from a record 71 countries for this season's foreign-language prize.

This year's Oscar entries include Austria's Amour, from the director Michael Haneke, which won the top prize at last May's Cannes film festival and stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as an elderly couple coping with the wife's worsening health. They also include the feature director David "Tosh" Gitonga's Nairobi Half Life, the first ever entry ever from Kenya.

Other foreign-language entries include the French hit The Intouchables, from the directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and Sweden's The Hypnotist, from Lasse Hallstrom, who also directed The Cider House Rules.

Another entry is Norway's Kon-Tiki from the directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, which chronicles Thor Heyerdahl's Pacific Ocean expedition to prove that South Americans could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

guardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds