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France's 'Mustang' in the running for best foreign film

Ilayda Akdogan, Weltkino

"Mustang" could bring home an Oscar for France when it competes in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Set in Turkey, "Mustang" tells the story of five orphaned sisters who have been locked up by their grandmother to shield them from the boys in their village. Sick of their isolation and their ultra-conservative upbringing, the girls plot to escape.

Hungary was nominated for "Son of Saul", which is the frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's awards. Set during World War II, it is the tale of a Jewish prisoner who escorts fellow inmates to the gas chambers and then removes the corpses. The film took the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Colombia's "Embrace of the Serpent" takes viewers on a journey to the Amazon in search of a flower believed to have mystical powers. The movie tracks two separate adventures, 40 years apart.

Jordan joins Colombia on the list of first-time nominees for "Theeb", the story of a Bedouin boy who guides a British officer across the Arabian desert.

Rounding out the list is the Danish film "A War", about soldiers who are facing an ethical dilemma on the Afghan battlefield.

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