Hollywood Elsewhere’s favorite 2017 foreign-language pic, Andrej Zvyagintsev‘s Loveless, is among the nine just-announced finalists for the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar.

Two contenders that I didn’t care for — Angelina Jolie‘s First They Killed My Father (Cambodia) and Robin Campillo‘s BPM: Beats Per Minute (France) — didn’t make the cut. (Here are my negative responses to the Jolie and the Campillo.)

The other eight nominees: Sebastian Lelio‘s A Fantastic Woman (Chile); Fatih Akin‘s In The Fade (Germany — my positive review); Ildiko Enyedi‘s On Body and Soul (Hungary); Samuel Maoz‘s Foxtrot (Israel); Ziad Doueiri‘s The Insult (Lebanon); Alain GomisFelicite (Senegal); John Trengove‘s The Wound (South Africa); and Ruben Ostlund‘s The Square (Sweden — here’s a chat I did with Ostlund).

Loveless director Andrey Zvyagintsev during Hollywood Roosevelt chat during AFI Fest; pull quotes from Loveless one-sheet.

Michael Haneke‘s Happy End (Austria) didn’t make it — here’s HE’s 5.22.17 review.