Hochelaga does not advance in Oscar race

The Max Films-produced feature from director Francois Girard didn't make the short list for best foreign-language picture.

François Girard’s Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes has not advanced in the Oscar race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Dec. 14 the nine features that will move on to the next round of voting in the best foreign-language film category, and Canada’s official selection did not make the cut.

The nine shortlisted films are Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Fatih Akin’s In the Fade (German), Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul (Hungary), Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot (Israel), Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult (Lebanon), Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia), Alain Gomis’ Félicité (Senegal), John Trengove’s The Wound (South Africa) and Ruben Östlund’s The Square (Sweden).

Members of the Academy’s foreign language committee will screen all nine films and select five from the list to move forward.

Hochelaga, which details Montreal’s 750-year history, premiered at TIFF. It is produced by Roger Frappier’s Max Films, distributed in Quebec by Les Films Seville and represented internationally by Seville International.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 23.