The German film ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Edward Berger (Amusement Park Film) is on the shortlist of the last 15 films for the 95th Oscars® in the Best International Feature Film category and in the categories Music (Original Score), Sound, Makeup & Hairstyling and Visual Effects. This has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
In addition, the following co-productions are among the selection:
Austria: CORSAGE by Marie Kreutzer (AT/LU/DE/FR, Komplizen Film)
Cambodia: RETURN TO SEOUL by Davy Chou (FR/BE/DE, Vandertastic Films)
Denmark: HOLY SPIDER by Ali Abbasi (DK/DE/FR/SE, One Two Films)
On January 24, 2023, the Academy will reveal which five of the 15 films on the shortlist will be going forward to take part in the competition for the Oscar® in this category. A total of 92 countries submitted films to the race.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was selected as Germany's entry for the Best International Feature Film category by an independent selection committee who was appointed by German Films in August 2022. German Films is not represented on the selection committee and does not decide on the composition of the committee; this is the responsibility of the associations represented on the committee.
About the film:
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is a great German anti-war novel and a classic of world literature from 1928, its authenticity and power drawing upon Erich Maria Remarque's own experiences in the trenches.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches.
Even years later, the story set in 1918 has lost none of its power and relevance. As the first German-language screen adaptation, the story is told from the German point of view of the war occupying a relevant position in the confrontational tone of the current discourse since no other society has succumbed to its destructive impulses as often as Germany did. There are no heroes in war. No victors, only lost innocence and dashed hopes. The utter futility, the losses suffered in war and the danger posed by the principles of nationalism and separation is a message that the film aims to convey to the world as an anti-war film.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is a production by Amusement Park Film in co-production with Gunpowder Films and in association with Sliding for Netflix. The film had its world premiere in the section Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2022. The European premiere was held as a gala premiere during the Zurich Film Festival. Netflix cooperated with distribution partner 24 Bilder for the film’s nationwide theatrical release in Germany on September 29, 2022. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT opened in US cinemas in October and can be seen on Netflix since October 28, 2022.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was awarded with European Film Awards 2022 (Excellence Awards: European Make-up & Hair, Heike Merker and Excellence Awards: Visual Effects, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank, Frank Petzold). In addition, Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell won Best Adapted Screenplay at the prestigious National Board of Review. Also, the work is one of the five best international films of 2022. The film also received a Golden Globes Award® nomination in the category "Best Picture – Non-English Language".
Also announced was the Animated Short Film shortlist:
STEAKHOUSE by Špela Čadež (9 min, 2021, SI/DE/FR, Fabian&Fred, Anima Brussels 2022 – Grand Prix & Annecy 2022 – Jury Award)
The following titles made it onto the Live Action Short Film shortlist:
ALMOST HOME by Nils Keller (30 min, 2022, Le Hof Media, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Student Academy Award Gold 2022)
NAKAM by Andreas Kessler (33 min, 2022, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Cleveland International Film Festival 2022 – Best Live Action Short)
The Oscar® awards ceremony will be held on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood.
Further information about the Oscars® can be found here.