“Nothing New in the West”: Remake should win the Oscar for Germany in 2023

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Disappointment for Til Schweiger
“Nothing New in the West” Should Win the Oscar

Nearly 100 years after its publication, Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel “Nothing New in the West” is more relevant than ever. The remake of the classic is now in the Oscar race for Germany. Edward Berger’s film won against eight well-known candidates, but it is not yet certain whether it will make it to the final round.

Edward Berger’s film “Nothing New in the West” will win the Oscar for Germany in 2023. This was decided by a jury in Munich, German Films, the agency for German film abroad, announced. “Erich Maria Remarque wrote a book almost 100 years ago that is unfortunately more relevant today than we expected,” said director Berger. “It is a great honor for us that we are now in the race for the Oscars with our film. It is a long road.”

The Netflix production is an adaptation of the 1929 anti-war novel of the same name. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film will be shown in selected German cinemas at the end of September and will be included in the Netflix program on October 28, 2022.

Germany’s last success was 15 years ago

Berger’s film beat eight other contestants, including director, producer and actor Til Schweiger’s “Dear Kurt.” The film adaptation of Sarah Kuttner’s bestseller “Kurt” tells the story of the fate of a young blended family, starring Schweiger as one of the lead roles. The other candidates were the film “Rabiye Kurnaz against George W. Bush” by Andreas Dresen, “Everybody is talk about the weather” by Annika Pinske, “Everything in the Best Order” by Natja Brunckhorst, “The Passport Forger” by Maggie Peren , “Nico” by Eline Gehring, “Nobody is with the calves” by Sabrina Sarabi and “We might as well be dead” by Natalia Sinelnikova.

The choice for the German entry is only a preliminary stage in the race for the foreign Oscar. The shortlist of 15 titles from the international applicants will be announced in December. The five nominated films are then selected from this shortlist. The Oscars will then be awarded on March 12, 2023.

Last year Maria Schrader’s futuristic tragic comedy “I’m Your Human” was shortlisted but failed to make the final. Germany’s last success in the Oscar category for best non-English language film was 15 years ago. At that time, the Stasi drama “The Lives of Others” by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck won.

(This article was first published on Thursday, August 25, 2022.)

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