Germany Makes Bold Move With Foreign Language Oscar Pick

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Comedies rarely get the red carpet treatment for the Oscars, but Germany isn’t going to let that stop them from selecting Maren Ade’s dark comedy Toni Erdmann to represent them in the foreign language category for next year’s Academy Awards.

Germany typically picks heavier dramas, often touching on the country’s painful past, but after creating a lot of buzz in the festival circuit, Toni Erdmann seemed like a natural pick, despite being a risk.

Toni Erdmann is about an ambitious career woman who suddenly has her world turned upside down when her father shows up out of the blue to make an effort at becoming a part of her life while also purposefully derailing the normalcy of her day-to-day life.

Critics have so far loved the movie, but can a comedy secure a nomination?

Germany has only won three Oscars in the foreign language category: The Tin Drum (1979), Nowhere in Africa (2002) and The Lives of Others (2006). The last time Germany had a film nominated for the category was 2009’s The White Ribbon.

We’ll have to wait until January though to find out if Toni Erdmann impressed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The short list of nominees will be announced on January 17, with the final five being revealed shortly after on January 24.

Sources: Hollywood Reporter

Photo: Komplizen Film

Stephen Fuchs
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