Magazine article Screen International

Germany's Oscar Entry Is Christian Petzold's Barbara

Magazine article Screen International

Germany's Oscar Entry Is Christian Petzold's Barbara

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Nine-person jury chose the Berlinale film over other titles such as Shores Of Hope and Guardians.

Christian Petzold's Barbara has been chosen as the official German entry to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards' best foreign language film category.

A nine-person independent jury under the chairmanship of Hamburg-based producer Stefan Schubert substantiated its choice of Barbara, declaring that the film is "convincing in its great formal clarity and strong female figure, who, torn between the contradiction of individual freedom and social responsibility, has to make a personal decision."

Barbara received its world premiere at this year's Berlinale where director Petzold was awarded the Silver Bear for best direction. The film also earned its producer Schramm Film Koerner & Weber a Silver Lola at the German Film Awards in April in the best film category.

The German theatrical release by Piffl Medien attracted over 350,000 admissions since Mar 8, and Barbara's sales agent The Match Factory sold the film to over 40 territories, including France where it has been particularly successful with some 300,000 tickets sold. Releases are being lined up in the UK, Spain, Italy as well as the Netherlands, Brazil and Russia. …

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