Israel's 2012 Academy Award entry, "Fill the Void," failed to make the list of nine semifinalists among foreign-language films and was eliminated from contention on Friday. The film, directed by debutant filmmaker Rama Burshtein, centered on an ultra-Orthodox community in Tel Aviv.
Israeli hopes now rest on two films in the documentary feature category.
The critically acclaimed "The Gatekeepers," by Dror Moreh, interviews all surviving heads of the Shin Bet security service; while "5 Broken Cameras," a collaboration between Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, focuses on a Palestinian's nonviolent resistance to the Israel Defense Forces. The documentaries are among the 15 semifinalists.
A Palestinian film, "When I Saw You," also failed to make the cut.