The German contribution NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film, Beta Cinema) is on the shortlist for the 91st Oscar® Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This has been announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

The German co-production AYKA by Sergey Dvortsevoy (RU/DE/PL/KZ, Kinodvor, Pallas Film, Otter Films in co-production with Eurasia Film Production, Juben Pictures, KNM, ZDF/Arte) is also on the shortlist.

Among the nine shortlisted films the Academy will chose those five that are going to participate in the final selection for an Oscar® in this category on 22 January 2019. A total of 87 countries have presented their movies. 

The Oscar® ceremony will be held on 24 February 2019 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

In August 2018, NEVER LOOK AWAY was selected by an independent jury of experts appointed by German Films as the German contribution in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The third movie by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck started with a double impact: it celebrated its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2018, where it won the Leoncino d’Oro Award and the ARCA Cinemagiovanni Award. Immerdiately afterwards, it was presented at Toronto International Film Festival within the framework of the prestigious Special Presentations category. In addition to that, NEVER LOOK AWAY was nominated for a Golden Globe® in the Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language category on 6 December.

The drama about the identification and creative process of an artist playing out over three decades of German history during the 20th century has also been invited to participate in the festivals of Zurich, Busan, Hamptons, Gent, the AFI Festival in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Sevilla. After THE LIVES OF OTHERS was awarded the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, this is the second time that Henckel von Donnersmarck is heading with giant strides towards an Oscar®.

NEVER LOOK AWAY is a Pergamon Film and Wiedemann & Berg Film production. The producers are Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Max Wiedemann and Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck. The co-producers are Dirk Schürhoff (Beta Cinema) and Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto/BR). The film was made in cooperation with Sky Germany and ARTE. The production was sponsored by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, FFA, DFFF and the Czech Film Fund.

The world sales company and co-producer Beta Cinema sold Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film to more than 60 countries and territories up to now, Spain, Italy, France, UK, Latin America and the US are among them. Sony Pictures Classics will launch the film in American cinemas in February 2019.

The Shortlist for the category Best Documentary Feature was announced as well. In this category the following German co-production was shortlisted out of 166 entries:

OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki (DE/SY, Basis Berlin, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion)
The documentary about growing up in an Islamic caliphate had its world premiere at the IDFA and has been shown at more than 30 international festivals, e.g. Sundance, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/fest, Sydney. In addition to the Sundance: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and the Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis 2018: Best Documentary, it was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards, which are awarded on February 23rd in Santa Monica.

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