Cate Shortland's German-language film gives Australia a chance at a foreign language Oscar.
SBS Film

9 Sep 2012 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 9 Sep 2012 - 12:00 AM

Cate Shortland's new film Lore will compete for a foreign language Oscar, as Australia's official Oscar entry.

A German-Australian co-production, Lore takes place in the closing days of World War II, as a teenager raised by Nazi parents, makes a cross-country trek with her siblings, and is forced to confront the prejudices her parents have instilled in her.

The film is predominantly German. To be eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, a film must have been released in its country of origin for at least seven days and is defined by predominantly non-English dialogue. Each country can submit one film for nomination consideration.

Lore is released into Australian cinemas on September 20.

Warwick thornton's Samson & Delilah was Australia's last official entry in the foreign Oscar race (2010) and before that, Rolf De Heer's Ten Canoes (2006).

The 85th Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 15, 2013, with the awards presented on February 24.