Oscars organisers have announced a nine-film shortlist in the Best Foreign Language Film category for next month's 79th edition of the Academy Awards.
The shortlist will be reduced to five nominees on January 23.
Days of Glory, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria
Water, directed by Deepa Mehta, Canada
After the Wedding, directed by Susanne Beir, Denmark
Avenue Montaigne, directed by Daniele Thompson, France
The Lives of Others, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany
Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro, Mexico
Black Book, directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Netherlands
Volver, directed by Pedro Almodovar, Spain
Vitus, directed by Fredi M. Murer, Switzerland