Oscars: Germany Selects 'And Tomorrow the Entire World' for International Feature Category

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Julia von Heinz's drama follows a young German law student who leaves her wealthy family to live in an Antifa commune and fight fascism.

Germany has picked Julia von Heinz' And Tomorrow the Entire World, a drama about political extremism set in a modern-day Antifa commune, to represent the country in the 2021 Oscar race in the international feature category. 

And Tomorrow the Entire World, which debuted in competition at the Venice Film Festival in August, stars Mala Emde as Luisa, a young political activist from a German noble family who becomes radicalized and joins an Antifa group who carry out attacks — some of them violent — against far-right skinheads. 

The timeliness of the story — U.S. President Donald Trump has villainized Antifa for their supposed violence and extremism — helped tip the balance for the independent jury.

"In a time, in which democracy is under increasing pressure, Julia von Heinz asks the question if and which violence is justified or even necessary," the jury said in a statement explaining their decision. 

Heinz's film opens Thursday, Oct. 29 in Germany for four days, before the country goes into a month-long lockdownDistributor Alamode Film has announced it will re-release the film straight after the lockdown, on Dec. 3. 

The 2021 Academy Awards will take place April 25, 2021. The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15.