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‘Sophie’s’ choice for Teuton Oscar entry

Pic examines last days of anti-Nazi student dissident

BERLIN — Marc Rothemund’s WWII drama “Sophie Scholl — The Final Days” has been selected as Germany’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race.

Selected by an independent jury appointed by promotional film org German Films, “Sophie Scholl” examines the last days of a young student dissident who protested against the Nazi regime.

Pic had its world premiere in February in the Berlin Film Festival’s competition lineup; it received Silver Bears for Rothemund and leading actress Julia Jentsch.

Pic has garnered nearly $7 million at the local box office and proved a strong international seller for Bavaria Film Intl. It has sold to more than 30 territories; Zeitgeist is releasing the pic Stateside in February.

Christoph Mueller and Sven Burgemeister of Neue Goldkind Filmproduktion and Rothemund and Fred Breinersdorfer’s Broth Film produced the pic in co-production with pubcasters BR, SWR and Arte. Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 31; the Oscar ceremony will be held March 5.

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