The list of titles aspiring to be Germany's candidate for an Oscar for best film in a foreign language is out. It includes eight titles, among which Ulrike Schamoni’s Farewell to the Frogs, Marten Persiel’s documentary about East German skaters This Ain't California (photo) that was released in Germany last week, Leander Haußmann’s comedy Hotel Lux in which the very popular Michael Bully Herbig and Jürgen Vogel pass over from Nazi Germany to Stalin’s Russia, and German star Til Schweiger’s new film, Guardians, in which he plays a retired soldier who has to protect a child who has witnessed a murder (played by his daughter Luna).
The other four, more internationally renowned candidates are: Margarethe von Trotta's latest masterly portrait of a powerful female historical figure, Hannah Arendt, Anna Justice’s Remembrance, inspired by a true love story between two people in a Polish concentration camp who meet again thirty years later, David Wnendt’s Combat Girls, the tale of two young Neo-Nazis that surprised audiences last year and shone at the last Lola-German Film Awards, and (naturally) Barbaraby the excellent Christian Petzold, a Berlinale favourite and winner with a brilliant filmography so far.
The film to represent Germany at the Academy Awards is to be announced on August 30, and the Oscars ceremony is to be held on February 24 next year.
[Translated from French]
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