Running each Sunday now through January, Laemmle’s Monica Fourplex is presenting a wide range of movies from all over the world, each vying to be nominated for the coveted Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards to be held on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Local foreign film buffs, tourists and motion picture aficionados wanting a sneak peek at a potential Oscar winner will have the opportunity thanks to the efforts of The Friends of Film, a non-profit organization.

“This is a city that is cultured, home to many ethnicities and steeped in film appreciation,” said Bob Sharka, director of The Friends of Film. “They understand that a good cinematic story crosses borders and cultures and Laemmle has a great movie tradition.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best movie for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956. The category is for a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. Past winners include: “Amelie,” “Lagaan,” “The Last Metro” and “Marriage Italian Style.”

Among the candidates on the Laemmle screening schedule are: “Sonny Boy” (The Netherlands), “Alois Nebel” (Czech), “Back to Your Arms” (Lithuania) and from South America comes Uruguay’s “The Silent House.”

If you go

Laemmle’s Monica Fourplex

1332 Second St.

(310) 478-3836

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