The Cristian Mungiu-directed “Beyond the Hills” is on the Oscars Best Foreign Picture 2013 shortlist, according to oscars.org. This is the first time ever a Romanian film is shortlisted for an Oscar Award. The other 8 films on the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are as follows: “Amour”, Michael Haneke (Austria), “War Witch”, Kim Nguyen (Canada), “No”, Pablo Larrain (Chile), “A Royal Affair”, Nikolaj Arcel (Denmark), “The Intouchables”, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (France), “The Deep”, Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland), “Kon-Tiki”, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Norway), “Sister”, Ursula Meier (Switzerland). The five Oscar nominees 2013 will be selected from among the nine films mentioned above. The Oscar nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards will be announced on January 10 of next year. Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills” got the Cannes 2012 Best Screenplay Award, and Cristina Flutur got the Cannes Best Actress in a Lead Role ex-aequo with Cosmina Stratan, the film’s other actress in a leading role. In an interview with The New York Times earlier in the month, Cristian Mungiu said that his expectations to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar were low, considering the kind of monies he makes. Mungiu’s film being on the Oscar shortlist was hailed by Romanian film critics, with Tudor Caranfil describing it as a first and a great achievement for the Romanian cinematography. In her turn, Irina Nistor told Mediafax: “I hope the film’s idea will prove interesting and rare enough for the film to be picked among the five <Oscar nominees>”.