Oscar 2013: Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award
Starring Nina Hoss, writer-director Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The political / romantic drama earned Petzold the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Barbara received seven nominations for the Lolas, the German Academy Awards, eventually winning the runner-up trophy for Best Film. (Curiously, Nina Hoss was not nominated; the Best Film winner was Andrea Dresen's terminal-cancer drama Halt auf freier Strecke / Stopped on Track, which opened in Germany in Nov. 2011.)
Set in 1980s East Germany, Barbara tells the story of a doctor (Hoss) banished to a small countryside hospital after requesting an exit visa. While at the small hospital, the conflicted doctor becomes attracted to her new boss (Lola nominee Ronald Zehrfeld), though she has a lover on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Barbara, the fifth Christian Petzold / Nina Hoss collaboration*, earned $2.74 million in Germany. So far, the country's top 2012 box office hit is the French-made François Cluzet / Omar Sy comedy-drama The Intouchables, with $74.49 million – more than the box office take of Joss Whedon's The Avengers ($30.82m) and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises ($30.8m) combined. This year's biggest German-made hit is Türkisch für Anfänger - Der Film, with $21.69 million.
Adopt Films will release Barbara in the United States on December 21. In addition to Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld, the Barbara cast includes Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Claudia Geisler, and Peter Weiss.
The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards will be announced on January 10, 2013. The winners will be revealed at at the Oscar ceremony on February 24.
* The four previous Christian Petzold / Nina Hoss collaborations are Yella, Jerichow, Wolfsburg, and the television movie Something to Remind Me.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Barbara Ronald Zehrfeld / Nina Hoss picture: Adopt Films.