'Baader Meinhof Komplex' in Oscar race

Terrorist drama is Germany's foreign-language entry

COLOGNE, Germany -- Uli Edel's controversial terrorist drama "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex" is Germany's official entry for the 2009 foreign-language Oscar race.

"Baader Meinhof" traces the bloody rise and fall of left-wing terrorist group the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader Meinhof gang, which carried out bombings, kidnappings and assassinations in the 1970s and '80s in an attempt to topple the German state.

Produced by Bernd Eichinger ("Downfall"), the film stars a who's who of German cinema including Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others"), Moritz Bleibtreu ("Adam Resurrected"), Johanna Wokalek ("Barefoot") and Bruno Ganz ("Downfall").

The movie hits German theaters Sept. 25, and Summit International is selling the film worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign-language film Jan. 22. The 2009 Oscars are set to take place Feb. 22.