Austria's THE COUNTERFEITERS and DAYS OF DARKNESS from Canada are two of the nine films on the shortlist to claim Best Foreign Film Oscar gold next month (Feb08). Voters have scaled down a record number of international entries for a final fight before the five Oscar nominees are announced on Tuesday (22Jan08). Other films still in contention are Brazil's The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Israel's Beaufort, The Unknown Woman from Italy, Kazakhstan's Mongol, Poland's Katyn, Russia's 12 and Serbia's entry The Trap.