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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 11:42 GMT
Spielberg movie in Bafta mishap
Mathieu Kassovitz (l) and Eric Bana in Munich
Munich stars Hulk star Eric Bana (r) as a Mossad agent
Steven Spielberg's Munich may miss out at the Baftas after DVDs for voters were held up at customs, reports say.

DVDs sent from the US late last month failed to reach Bafta members in time for the first round of voting, said industry paper Screen Daily.

A second batch of DVDs arrived last weekend, but could not be viewed as they were coded for North America only.

A public relations officer for the film told Screen Daily the mistake was caused by "a lab error".

"We are looking into what possible technical solution there might be for the problem," said Premier PR's Sara Keene, who is handling the Bafta campaigns for Munich.

"Meanwhile we've arranged three more screenings of the movie over the next three days."

Low-key promotion

The first round of Bafta voting closed on 4 January and the second round will end on Thursday.

Munich is shortlisted in two categories, best director and best adapted screenplay, but has not been included in the best film category.

The film, about events following the kidnapping and death of eleven Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, was released in the US last month.

It is thought early low-key marketing tactics may have marred the film's chances of awards. The movie has two Golden Globe nominations, for director Spielberg and screenwriters Tony Kushner and Eric Roth.

The Bafta film award nominations will be announced on 19 January, with the ceremony taking place in London on 19 February.

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