Hitler film a 'surprise' Oscar nominee choice

25th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2005, MUNICH - The Munich producer who took a big gamble with a film about Adolf Hitler's final days said on Tuesday he was "elated and hugely surprised" that "Der Untergang" (The Downfall) had been nominated for an Academy Award. "This is an amazing and wholly unexpected honour," said Constantin Film AG studio head Fred Kogel. "Whether we actually win or not, it is a splendid honour to have been nominated for the highest award the film industry has to offer," Kogel said. "Der Untergang" was one

25 January 2005

MUNICH - The Munich producer who took a big gamble with a film about Adolf Hitler's final days said on Tuesday he was "elated and hugely surprised" that "Der Untergang" (The Downfall) had been nominated for an Academy Award.

"This is an amazing and wholly unexpected honour," said Constantin Film AG studio head Fred Kogel.

"Whether we actually win or not, it is a splendid honour to have been nominated for the highest award the film industry has to offer," Kogel said.

"Der Untergang" was one of five films nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday for an Oscar as best foreign-language film.

The other four were the Spanish movie "The Sea Inside," South Africa's "Yesterday", France's "Les Choristes" and "As It Is In Heaven" from Sweden.

"Der Untergang", based on the recent memoirs of Hitler's stenographer, stars Bruno Ganz as an ageing and disillusioned fuehrer venting his rage against the world from his underground bunker in Berlin.

The film, depicting Hitler as a broken man, sparked a national debate in Germany when it was released last summer about whether it was fitting for a German film to portray Hitler as anything other than a monster.

DPA

Subject: German news

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