German Films picks Oscar shortlist

Nine-film shortlist to be official 2011 Oscar candidate

COLOGNE, Germany – Germany has kicked off its campaign for best Foreign Language Oscar with a nine-film shortlist.

The contenders to be Germany's official 2011 Oscar candidate include, not surprisingly, three Nazi-era dramas: Ludi Boekens "Saviors in the Night," "Habermann" from director Juraj Herz and Oskar Roehler's controversial Nazi melodrama "Jew Suss – Rise and Fall."

The other titles picked by local promotion body German Films Service + Marketing include Matti Geschonneck's "Boxhagener Platz," a period drama set in East Berlin in 1968; Feo Aladag's honor killing drama "When We Leave;" Jo Baier's historic epic "Henry of Navarre;" The family drama "The Coming Days" from Lars Kraume and cross-cultural romance "Same Same But Different" from director Detlev Buck.

A nine-member jury of German industry professionals will pick the official nominee on Sept. 17. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film on Jan. 18 and the final five nominees on Jan. 25. The 2011 Oscars will be awarded on Feb. 27.
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