This Thursday (30 August 2018) will see the 91st Oscars® coming into the spotlight for the first time in Germany this year. That's when the announcement will be made of the film which will represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The successful film will be selected by an independent expert jury which is convening in Munich from 28 August 2018.

The following 11 films were submitted by German producers to German Films for the consideration in the selection process:

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a shortlist created as a result of a preselection, the titles have been submitted by the rights holders WITHOUT any prior selection.

  • 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON by Emily Atef (DE/AT/FR, Rohfilm Factory)
  • BALLOON by Michael Bully Herbig (herbX Film- und Fernsehproduktion, STUDIOCANAL FILM, SevenPictures Film)
  • THE CAPTAIN by Robert Schwentke (DE/FR/PL, Filmgalerie 451)
  • IN THE AISLES by Thomas Stuber (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Rotor Film, Departures Film)
  • THE INVISIBLES by Claus Räfle (Look! Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion, Gauger Film)
  • MACK THE KNIFE – BRECHT'S THREEPENNY FILM by Joachim A. Lang (DE/BE, Zeitsprung Pictures)
  • NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film)
  • THE SILENT REVOLUTION by Lars Kraume (Akzente Film- & Fernsehproduktion, Zero One Film, STUDIOCANAL Film)
  • TEHRAN TABOO by Ali Soozandeh (DE/AT, Little Dream Entertainment)
  • TRANSIT by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

An annually appointed selection committee decides on the German entry for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. This committee consists of representatives from various associations and institutions active in the field of cinema.

The following representatives were sent by the associations this year:

  • German Producers Association: Susa Kusche
  • German Producers Alliance/Cinema Section: Stefan Sporbert
  • Association of German Film Exporters: Moritz Hemminger
  • Association of German Film Distributors: Holger Fuchs
  • Association of German Exhibitors: Christoph Preßmar
  • German Film Critics Association: Carolin Weidner
  • German Directors Guild: Marie Noelle Sehr
  • German Film Academy: Maria Furtwängler, Lena Schömann

As the responsible umbrella organisation, German Films is charged with the preparation and organisation of the selection procedure for the German candidate. German Films is not represented in the selection committee.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will publish a list of the titles submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the first week of October 2018. Shortly before Christmas 2018, the Academy will unveil a shortlist of the nine selected films which are still in the race for the Oscar® in this category. The five nominated films will be selected from this shortlist and announced on 22 January 2019. The awards ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on 24 February 2019.

More information about the selection procedure can be found here.

Nicole Kaufmann (Regional Coordinator USA)
Birgit Koch
(Press & PR)