Danish director Peter Schonau Fog's The Art of Crying (Kunsten at gaede i kor) and Finnish director Aleksi Salmenpera's A Man's Job (Miehen tyo) have joined the race for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

Both are also nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize.

Fog's feature debut, which was selected by the Danish Film Institute and an industry committee, was launched at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and has since won 17 foreign awards. Since its domestic release in April it has sold 230,000 tickets.

Produced by Thomas Stenderup for Final Cut Productions, it was written by Bo hr. Hansen from Erling Jepsen's novel. Jesper Asholt, Hanne Hedelund, Jannik Lorenzen and Julie Kolbeck star in the story of an 11-year-old boy's efforts to keep his dysfunctional family together. Svensk Filmindustri handles international sales.

Chosen by the Finnish Film Foundation's Oscar committee, A Man's Job is written and directed by Salmenpera and produced by Petri Jokiranta and Tero Kaukomaa for Blind Spot Pictures. It was launched at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Starring Tommi Korpela, Jani Volanen, Maria Heiskanen and Stan Saanila, Salmenpera's second feature follows Juha, married, father-of-three, who is fired from his job. Deeply ashamed he decides not to tell anybody, and instead starts working as a male escort.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan 22.