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Spiegel Online: "THE LIVES OF OTHERS" - On the Oscar Campaign Trail

German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film "The Lives of Others" didn't make it to the Berlin International Film Festival last year -- but now it's been nominated for an Oscar.

The wind coming across the East River is bitingly cold. On the other side of the water, the Manhattan skyline glistens in the setting sun like an icy palace. It's one of the coldest days of this year's New York winter.

But German film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is giving an outdoor interview, shrouded in frosty breath. It looks as if this six-foot-nine-inch giant will turn to ice any moment. Instead, he laughs. And it works: He's making a great impression.

Donnersmarck is hoping to win an Oscar for his melodrama about the East German secret police, "The Lives of Others" ("Das Leben der Anderen"), which is competing in the category "Best Foreign Language Film." The much sought-after awards will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 25. Meanwhile, the film is showing in many major US cities, where it now needs to impress the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who make up the jury. Donnersmarck's expectations are climbing.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 12:08:02 AM EST
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It won.

It was a total surprise.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 08:33:19 AM EST
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