The Israeli film Footnote was shortlisted for the best foreign language category at the upcoming American Academy Awards.

There are nine movies on the shortlist. In addition to Footnote there’s the mutli award-winning Iranian film, A Separation, Germany’s Pina, Belgium’s Bullhead, Canada’s Monsieur Lazhar, Denmark’s Superclasico, Morocco’s Omar Killed Me, Poland’s In Darkness and Taiwan’s Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.

Footnote was directed by Joseph Cedar. The film tells the story of a father-son rivalry in the study of Talmud. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights to distribute the film in North and South America.

This is the fourth year in a row that Israeli films have been nominated for the foreign-language category at the Oscars following 2008’s Beaufort (also by Cedar), 2009’s Waltz with Bashir, and 2010’s Ajami.

Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24 and the awards will be handed out in Hollywood on February 26.