Private is adrama about the Middle East conflict, which focuses on an Israeli patrolwho takes over the home of a Palestinian family in order to establish anobservation point in the Occupied Territories.
The film, whichstars Mokhammed Bakri, wasshot in Arabic and Hebrew, with some dialogues in English.
It won a raft ofinternational awards over the past year, including the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival. It has also been sold to over 22countries, including the
However, theAcademy has now told
'Werecognize that this picture is an Italian production in almost every respect,created by Italian artists and craftspeople and even shot for the most part in
The Academy saidthat
'In view ofthe unusual circumstances however, and our strong preference for having anItalian film in the competition, we can give your committee the opportunity tochoose an alternate picture for the year if it is inclined to do that,'Mr. Davis said.
The front-runner is nowexpected to be Giovanni Veronesi's
Private joins a list of popular foreign films that have recently been deemedineligible by the Academy.
These includeLukas Moodysson's