Christian Petzold’s “Barbara” Selected As German Entry For 2013 Academy Awards

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

It may seem to early to begin making your Oscar winner predictions, but Germany has already finalized their pick for a Foreign Language Film Award consideration at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.  It was announced yesterday that Director Christian Petzold’s film “Barbara” would be the movie submitted after seeing great success at this years Berlin International Film Festival where it took home the Silver Bear for Petzold’s direction.

The film tells the story of female physician Barbara (played by Nina Hoss) living in East Germany in the 1980s.  Unhappy with the constant intrusions by Stasi officers, Barbara makes plans to leave for West Germany to be with her lover, but of course meets complications that make her second guess her desires.  Although it is a fictional story, Christian Petzold drew inspiration from the experiences of an East German doctor he came to know several years ago.

Upon hearing the news, Petzold and his fellow producers were overjoyed with the decision and commented that “After the Berlinale and successful releases in Germany and France, this honor comes at a perfect moment for the upcoming releases of “Barbara” in the U.S., Great Britain, Spain and Italy.”  So far, “Barbara” has done well in theaters across Europe and is continuing to debut in more countries as the year goes on.  It’s US theatrical release will happen on December 21, 2012.

 

Source: German World
Photo © Christian Schulz

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