Germany technically had two shots to take home an award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday, so the odds of Germany winning were in its favor. But with most of the hype surrounding The Square, and the odds favoring that Swedish/German/French calibration, Germany’s collaboration with France on 2017’s In the Fade was an unexpected call when it was awarded the Golden Globe.
In the Fade marks the 8th Golden Globe victory for Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film category (combining both West German and reunified German wins), and will now join the ranks with some of the country’s other classics, or in some cases lost classics. So we ask: How well do you know your German award-winning cinema? We’ll help you by laying them all out below… you never know when you’ll find yourself facing the German Cinema category at trivia night.
8. No Way Back (Weg ohne Umkehr)
1955 Golden Globes | In 1945, Mischa, a Red Army officer, discovers a frightened German girl, Anna, huddled in a Berlin cellar. He gives her a safe escort home and wins her gratitude. Seven years later, Mischa returns to Berlin as a civilian engineer in charge of factory production. He remembers Anna and searches for her in the western sector, where he is observed by the Secret Police. He is instructed to report to the police chief, Kazanow, who reprimands him for leaving the eastern zone. While there, Mischa discovers that Anna is Kazanow’s secretary. Factory manager Schultz resents the Russians and attempts to murder Mischa, who is seriously injured but recovers and wins Schultz’s respect and confidence. Schultz tells Mischa he is planning to escape to the western zone, and Mischa gives him the address of a contact in free Germany. Schultz’s plan is uncovered by the police and he commits suicide. Whey they find the contact’s address, Mischa and Anna, now deeply in love, are forced to flee. There, the Russian secret police trick Anna into a car and start the drive back to the eastern zone from which there is no way out. — Golden Globes
7. Sons, Mothers and a General (Kinder, Mütter und ein General)
1956 Golden Globes | As Germany’s fortunes in the latter part of World War II wane, several young boys, in their enthusiasm to do something “for the fatherland”, volunteer to fight with the German army in the East. Horrified at the news that their children are to be sent to the Russian front, the boys’ mothers begin a desperate effort to get their sons back. — Golden Globes
6. Before Sundown (Vor Sonnenuntergang)
1957 Golden Globes
5. The Confessions Of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull)
1958 Golden Globes
4. The Pedestrian (Der Fußgänger)
1974 Golden Globes | When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece. — Golden Globes
3. Europa Europa
1992 Golden Globes | A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. — Golden Globes
2. White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)
2010 Golden Globes | In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions?
1. In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
2018 Golden Globes | Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge. — Golden Globes