Oscar could wear ‘White’

Palme d'Or winner is Germany's entry

BERLIN — Helmer Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon,” a stark, black-and-white drama set in a rural German village on the eve of WWI, is Germany’s candidate for consideration in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language film category.

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.

Paris-based Les Films du Losange is handling international sales for the film, which has sold in more than 30 territories. Sony Pictures has picked up U.S. rights and will release the film in February.

Co-produced by Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film in Vienna, Paris-based Les Films du Losange and Lucky Red in Rome, “The White Ribbon” opens domestically on Sept. 17 via X Verleih.

The closing date for submissions to the foreign language category is Oct. 1. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will announce the five nominees on Feb. 2, and the awards take place March 7.

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