Germany sends ‘Pina’ to Oscars

Wenders' 3D pic is country's first doc in foreign-lingo category

BERLIN – Wim Wender’s 3D documentary “Pina,” a tribute to the late modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch, will rep Germany in the race for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Selected by an independent jury appointed by industry promotional org German Films, “Pina” is the first documentary to compete for Germany in the category.

” ‘Pina’ is a cinematic synthesis of the arts, harmoniously combining dance, music and film and thereby going beyond the purely documentary aspect,” the jury said. “The film conveys a sensual experience of dance and is an exquisite portrait of one of the greatest German artists.”

IFC is releasing the pic in the U.S. in December, a point Wenders said would be helpful. “With IFC we have a good distributor in the USA and the theatrical release just before Christmas … is optimal timing for an Oscar nomination.”

“Pina” won this year’s German Film Award for documentary as well as the German Documentary Film Prize. The pic was produced by Wenders’ Neue Road Movies in Berlin in co-production with Paris-based Eurowide Film, pubcasters ZDF, Arte, ZDFtheaterkanal and 3sat.

The film, which premiered at this year’s Berlinale, has grossed $5.8 million at the box office via local distrib NFP, which released the film here in February.

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions is Oct. 1. The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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