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‘Lenin’ Germany’s Oscar entrant

Most successful local pic of the year is award hopeful

BERLIN — Wolfgang Becker’s “Good Bye, Lenin!” has been selected as Germany’s candidate for consideration in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language film category.

The $4 million pic from Berlin-based X Filme, about a man who tries to hide Germany’s reunification from his ailing die-hard communist mother, is the most successful local film of the year, earning $42 million domestically.

“Wolfgang Becker has managed to take an explosive subject from Germany’s postwar period and tell a light-hearted and strongly emotional story with a very modern voice,” said the selection jury, an independent body chosen by the Export-Union of German Cinema.

“Good Bye, Lenin!” won eight Lolas at the German Film Awards including film, director and actor for Daniel Bruehl. Pic has sold in all major territories including the U.S., where it’s being released by Sony Pictures Classics.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will make its selection for the category on Jan. 27. The Oscars will take place Feb. 29.

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