As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced today, the German Oscar® submission NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film, Beta Cinema) is nominated for the 91st Oscar® Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.
In addition Caleb Deschanel received a nomination for NEVER LOOK AWAY in the category Cinematography.
Director Talal Derki can hope for an Oscar® as well. His documentary feature OF FATHERS AND SONS (DE/SY, Basis Berlin, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion) is nominated in the Documentary Feature category. The German producers Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert are nominated together with Talal Derki. Distributed by Kino Lorber, the film was released in US cinemas on November 16, 2018.
The US-German co-production ISLE OF DOGS by Wes Anderson (US/DE, Babelsberg Film) is also nominated in two categories: Animated Feature and Original Score.
The Oscar® ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
In August 2018, NEVER LOOK AWAY was selected by an independent expert jury appointed by German Films as the German submission in the Foreign Language Film category.
The third movie by film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck started it’s run 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. Immediately afterwards it was presented at the 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® Award in the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category.
The drama about an artist finding his creative voice, which plays 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, Sevilla and Palm Springs. After THE LIVES OF OTHERS received the golden statue as Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, this is the second time that Henckel von Donnersmarck has been nominated for this prestigious award.
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), Carolin Hassis & Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto) and Carlos Gerstenhauer & Bettina Ricklefs (BR). The film was made in cooperation with Sky Germany and ARTE. The production was funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, FFA, DFFF and the Czech Film Fund.
The sales agent and co-producer Beta Cinema sold Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film to more than 60 countries and territories among them Spain, Italy, France, UK, Latin America and the US. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in American cinemas on January 25, 2019.
All nominees and further information about the Oscars® can be found here.