Written and directed by Emanuele Crialese, the $11 million movie is a period epic about Italianemigration, set in the early 20th Century. It follows a family as they headfrom
Nuovomondostars French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sicilian actor VincenzoAmato. It is Crialese's third feature, after Respiro (2002) and his 1997 debut, Once We Were Strangers.
The last Italian film to win theforeign-language section of the Oscars was Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful .
The five foreign titles to be short-listedfor the Oscar will be announced on January 23.