19. September 2006

BERLIN — Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's hard-hitting feature debut "The Lives of Others," about East Germany's dreaded Stasi and its terrifying system of domestic spying, has been selected as Germany's entry in the foreign-language Oscar race.
"The Lives of Others," which nabbed seven German Film Awards this year, including best pic and director, examines the Stasi's chilling practice of domestic surveillance and the affect it has on a successful East Berlin playwright and his actress lover in the final years of the German Democratic Republic.
Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann of Munich-based Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion produced the box office hit, which was released locally by Buena Vista Intl.
Sony Pictures Classics will release the pic Stateside early next year.
Germany's candidates for the Oscar nomination are selected by an independent jury appointed by promotional film org German Films.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five international nominees for the best foreign Oscar on Jan. 23. The Oscar ceremony is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 25.