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OSCARS 2011 Germany

Nine German films set sights on Oscar nominations

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Nine German films set sights on Oscar nominations

German Films has received nine possible contenders to be the country’s representative in the Oscar nomination race.

Independent Artists Filmproduktion has put forward Feo Aladag’s superb When We Leave [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Feo Aladag
interview: Feo Aladag
film profile
]
, which is one of the three LUX Prize finalists and was one of Cineuropa’s favourites at this year’s Berlinale, where it won an award.

Claussen + Woebke + Putz Filmproduktion has submitted another Berlin title, Matti Geschonneck’s distinctly German Boxhagener Platz [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, starring Jürgen Vogel (see review); as has Ziegler Film, with Jo Baier’s big European co-production Henry of Navarre [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

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More surprising is Munich-based Clasart Filmproduktion’s decision to present Oskar Roehler’s Austrian co-production Jew Suss – Rise and Fall [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which caused an outcry from the German press at its screening in competition at Berlin.

The other contenders are Detlev Buck’s Same Same But Different [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Boje Buck Produktion); Juraj Herz’s Habermann [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Art Oko Film); Lars Kraume’s Days to Come [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Badlands Film); Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon’s Austrian co-production Mahler on the Couch [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(pelemele Film & Stage); and Ludi Boeken’s Among Peasants [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(3 L Film).

This week, a jury of nine industry experts will view the nine films in Munich to decide which will be Germany’s candidate. Once the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders have been presented by their respective countries, Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil its shortlist of nine titles on January 18 and the final five nominees on January 25. The 83rd Oscars ceremony will be held on February 27, 2011.

(Translated from French)

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