20 August 2013 3:21 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Germany has a long and trivia-crazy history with the Oscars that didn’t just begin with Sandra Bullock speaking German in her Blind Side acceptance speech or Christoph Waltz, an Austrian-German talent winning two Tarantino-Flavored Oscars for multi-lingual performances. We’ll get to more trivia in a minute but first the German shortlist.  We await their choice for Oscar’s Foreign Language Film submission with curiousity because they’re always a threat for the eventual shortlist. Germany has received 18 nominations and 3 wins over the years. They’re weighing the quality of nine different pictures before deciding. Which will they send our way?

The finalists are…

My Beautiful Country Michaela Kezele

This one skews international - a romance between a young Serbian widow and an Albanian soldier  The German Friend Jeanine Meerapfel

A coproduction with Argentina  Free Fall Stephan Lacant

A gay romantic drama about two cops The Girl With Nine »

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