The nominees are Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives Of Others, Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Climates, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes And A Century.
The award, now in its fifth year, is for the best foreign-language film released in UK cinemas from Nov 1, 2006 to Oct 31, 2007. The winner will be announced at the BFI Southbank on Jan 30 by presenter Jonathan Ross. The awards show will air on BBC Four on Feb 2.
Jonathan Ross said, 'On display here is exciting new work by directors who are prepared to push the possibilities of film to the limit. In the cases of The Lives Of Others and Syndromes And A Century are directors - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Apichatpong Weerasethakul - who are prepared to push my powers of pronunciation to the limit as well.'
Last year's winner was Cristi Puiu's The Death Of Mr Lazarescu from Romania.