Un Crabe selected for Oscar run

Montreal: Andre Turpin's Un Crabe dans la tete is Canada's entry in the best foreign-language film category at the 2003 Academy Awards.

Montreal: Andre Turpin’s Un Crabe dans la tete is Canada’s entry in the best foreign-language film category at the 2003 Academy Awards.

The film won seven Prix Jutra at this year’s Quebec film awards, including best picture, while Turpin took individual honors for best screenplay, best direction and best cinematography. Un Crabe, produced by Montreal’s Qu4tre Par Quatre on a budget of $1.7 million, is distributed domestically and internationally by Film Tonic. It lost out for a best motion picture Genie to Zacharias Kunuk’s Atanarjuat – The Fast Runner.

As usual, Canada’s entry faces stiff competition, including U.K. director Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki’s The Man Without a Past and France’s 8 Femmes, from director Francois Ozon.

Atanarjuat and Denis Villeneuve’s Maelstrom were the Canadian pre-selections in 2001 and 2000, respectively.

Un Crabe was selected by a national committee of 24 Canadian film delegates representing major professional associations and public institutions with a mandate for Canadian film, chaired by Telefilm Canada.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will name the five national finalists Feb. 11, 2003. The Academy Awards gala takes place March 23.

-www.oscars.org