Russia has submitted The Mermaid (Rusalka) by Anna Melikyan for nomination for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. It was selected from eight films by the Russian Federation's Oscars National Selection Committee.

The Mermaid has already received international recognition, winning the FIPRESCI Prize at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival and the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

The Mermaid was produced by Magnum Film Company for Central Partnership. Ruben Dishdishyan, Central Partnership' President and CEO, commented: 'We truly believe that The Mermaid deserves to be one of those motion pictures that determine the perception of Russian cinema abroad. This motion picture is both a product of director's inspiration and production process. We really value the experience we got while working on this film'.