The German comedy Toni Erdmann is going to the Oscars, as Germans ‘press their thumbs’ – a gesture for luck – for their homeland’s film.
Comedy Toni Erdmann was selected as one of five foreign films nominated this year. The last German film to win the category was the 2006 Cold War Stasi secret police drama, The Lives of Others.
The last one to be nominated was the First World War drama, The White Ribbon in 2010.
Toni Erdmann tells the story of an ambitious business consultant and her father, who wants to help pull his daughter out of her everyday grind by posing as a German ambassador.
The German pick is up against the Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove, as well as Denmark’s historical Land of Mine, which is about German POWs sent to clear mines in Denmark at the end of the Second World War.
Iran’s The Salesman and Australia’s Tanna were also nominated.