Scratch John Rabe from the Best Foreign Film nominations. Germany has officially selected Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon as its selection for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. The film is a black-and-white drama set in a rural German village during WWI. Here is the synopsis from Variety:
The drama recounts a series of disturbing events and examines the malevolence of human nature. It was chosen by an independent jury appointed by German Films, the country’s pic promotion org.
I mentioned my enthusiasm to see The White Ribbon in my article earlier today, and this announcement is exciting because it makes it even more likely that the film will get wider distribution (wider than N.Y. and L.A., that is). I already had The White Ribbon on my shortlist for a nomination, but I thought it would be submitted by Haneke’s home country of Austria, which is less of an Oscar powerhouse than Germany.
We will be hearing more announcements about foreign film submissions as the year goes on, and the deadline to submit is October 1st. Oscar nominees are announced February 2nd, and the ceremony is on March 7th.