Thursday, September 18, 2008

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ...

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Director Uli Edel’s drama "The Baader Meinhof Complex" has been selected as Germany’s candidate for the Best foreign-language film Oscar.

Produced by Constantin Film’s Bernd Eichinger, the film is based on author Stefan Aust’s account of the rise and fall of the 'Red Army Faction', aka the 'Baader-Meinhof' gang after its leaders, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof.

"The excellent performance and extraordinary realization of the story provides a view of the Federal Republic of Germany of the early 1970s without glorifying the perpetrators," said the nine-member independent jury, which selected the film from a short list of five nominees.

"Uli Edel and I are very happy,” said Eichinger.

"We put a lot of energy into this film and are very proud to be competing for German film in the Oscar race."

Los Angeles-based Summit Entertainment is handling international sales for the film, already sold in all major territories worldwide and will open Sept. 25...