Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Documentary 'Pina' Is Germany's Oscar Contender

 Donata Wenders

COLOGNE, Germany - Wim Wenders' groundbreaking 3D dance documentary Pina, on the life and work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch, will represent Germany in the 2011 Foreign Language Oscar race. The film premiered to critical acclaim, and global sales via agent HanWay, at the Berlin Film Festival this year. In its home market, Pina was a sleeper hit, earning some $6 million in theatrical release in Germany.

Pina will be the first time Germany has submitted a documentary as its Oscar contender in the foreign language race. Wenders has had two of his films put up as candidates for the foreign language prize but has never been nominated. His one Oscar nom came in the documentary category in 2000 for the Cuban music film Buena Vista Social Club.

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