“The Human Resources Manager” struck out early in the best foreign-language film competition, while the documentary feature “Precious Life” was short-listed among the 15 semi-finalists but didn’t make the final five cut. However, still in the running is “Strangers No More” in the documentary short category.
Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the list of five finalists in the Oscar race for best foreign language film has ended. This year’s Israeli contender, “The Human Resources Manager,” was not on the list Wednesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of nine semifinalists. The Israeli film industry seemed tantalizingly close to its first Oscar win when its entries were picked among the final five in 2010 with “Ajami,” 2009 with “Waltz with Bashir” and 2008 with “Beaufort.”