Magazine article Screen International

Germany Sends Two Lives into Oscar Race

Magazine article Screen International

Germany Sends Two Lives into Oscar Race

Article excerpt

Georg Maas' Two Lives (Zwei Leben) has been selected as Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards.

The independent nine-person jury under the direction of film-maker Dagmar Hirtz selected the German-Norwegian co-production over eight other titles such as Jan Ole Gerster's multi-award-winning debut Oh Boy, Jeanine Meerapfel's My German Friend and the animation film Knight Rusty.

Based on the true story of the German Kathrine Evensen (played by Juliane Köhler who learnt Norwegian for the part), Two Lives addresses a chapter of recent German history which is unfamiliar to many: the fate of the Norwegian "Lebensborn Children," a legacy of the Third Reich.

Evensen leads a happy life with her family and mother (played by Liv Ullmann) in Norway. …

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