I’M YOUR MAN and German short film on the Oscar® shortlist

I’M YOUR MAN and German short film on the Oscar® shortlist


The German film I’M YOUR MAN by Maria Schrader (Letterbox Filmproduktion) is on the shortlist of the last 15 films for the 94th Oscars® in the Best International Feature Film category. This has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

In addition, the following German co-productions

COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen (FI/RU/EE/DE, Achtung Panda!) (Finland)
GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise (AT/DE, Rohfilm Poductions) (Austria)
PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN by Tatiana Huezo (MX/DE/BR/CH, Match Factory Productions) (Mexico)

are among the selection.

On 8 February, 2022, 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.

The Oscar® awards ceremony will be held on 27 March, 2022.

I’M YOUR MAN 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 September 2021. 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:
Alma (Maren Eggert) is a scientist at the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In order to obtain research funds for her work, she is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is intended to be the perfect life partner for her. Alma meets up with Tom (Dan Stevens), a highly sophisticated machine in human form, created solely to make her happy.

I’M YOUR MAN tells of an encounter that may await us in the near future. It is a melancholy comedy that looks at questions of love, longing and what makes human beings human.

I’M YOUR MAN is a production by Letterbox Filmproduktion. Lisa Blumenberg is the producer. The film was made in collaboration with SWR.

In the USA, Bleecker Street Media has released the film nationwide. Beta Cinema has taken over world distribution.

I’M YOUR MAN was shown at numerous festivals worldwide, including Jerusalem, Toronto, Stockholm and Ghent. At this year's Berlinale, lead actress Maren Eggert was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Acting Performance.

Also announced was the shortlist for Best Live Action Short Film, on which the following German-Jordanian co-production made it:

Best Live Action Short Film

TALA'VISION (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Tabi360 in co-production with SWR) by Murad Abu Eisheh, produced by Philipp Maurice Raube, Esther Busch, Jude Kawwa and Gabriel Waldvogel. Alaa Alasaad and Khaled Haddad are responsible as co-producers. The film has already won the Student Academy Award in Gold 2021 and is about eight-year-old Tala, who finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television set in a world shattered by war.

The major German co-production about the life of Lady Di is in the running for Best Film Score:

Best Original Score

SPENCER by Pablo Larraín (DE/UK, Komplizen Film)


Further information about the Oscars® can be found here.

Filmstill: I'M YOUR MAN, © Christine Fenzel

Nicole Kaufmann