The Italian film body Anica has shortlisted list five films –including Giuseppe Tornatore’s Scilian drama Baaria and Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere about the secret life of Benito Mussolini  – for its entry to the foreign-language Academy Award.

Michele Placdio’s Il Grande Sogno, about events surrounding 1968 and which also played in competition at the recent Venice Film Festival, Marco Risi’s Fortapasc, a Naples set true life story of Giancarlo Siani – a journalist killed by the Camorra, and Giulio Manfredonia’s Si Puo Fare about an unemployed man who finds himself managing a cooperative of mental patients.

The selection  commission is made up of director Lina Wertmuller and Paolo Sorrentino, critics Alberto Barbera, Fulvia Caprara and Piera Detassis, producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, Pio Angeletti, Nicola Giuliano, Fulvio Lucisano, Andrea Occhipinti, Riccardo Tozzi, Domenico Procacci and distributor Valerio De Paolis as well as the Cultural Ministry’s chief of cinema, Gaetano Blandini.

The commission will meet again on September 29 before submitting their finalist on October 1.