23. Januar 2007

Munich, 23 January. The Lives of Others (“Das Leben der Anderen") by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has received an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film. The other nominees in this section are Denmark’s "After the Wedding"(Zentropa Entertainments), "Days of Glory" Tessalit Productions from Algeria, “Pan's Labyrinth" (Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto) from Mexico as well as Canada’s 
"Water" (Téléfilm Canada/Noble Nomad Pictures Ltd). Earlier, the production by Wiedemann & Berg Film/Munich received a Golden Globe Nomination, three European Film Awards as well as seven German Film Awards (Lola) and four Bavarian Film Awards. 
Beta Cinema has sold the drama to all territories worldwide. The US distributor Sony Pictures Classics will release The Lives of Others on February 9, 2007. The nominations were announced Tuesday, January 23. The 79th Academy Awards Ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theater on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck says: "Wow! Best non-English-language film! I am overjoyed. Many of my heroes have won this award: Fellini, Truffaut, Bergman, Benigni, Buñuel, Ang Lee. And I know that this award meant more to them than any other award. Not only because it's the Oscar, but also because it's the most important Oscar of all: the director wins it, but he wins it for his country. It would be like with the Olympic gold medals – I would win this statue for Germany! And that makes it especially appealing. I have a 20% chance of winning the World Cup (at least in this domain) for us! What a wonderful feeling!". 
Lead actor Ulrich Muehe states: "I congratulate Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck most heartily on this nomination, which is something he can really, truly be proud of. And I, too, am very proud of him. He has shown how with passion, patience and love, it is possible to shoot exactly the film that you want to shoot. His film is intelligent, exciting, politically very topical (!) and full of emotions that viewers all over the world can empathize with. I am rooting for him and for 'The Oscar goes to --- !!! Florian (attention: tongue-twister!) Henckel von Donnersmarck!"