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Shortland's Lore to represent Australia in Oscar race

German language film is about daughter of Nazi parents.

Cate Shortland’s Lore will represent Australia in the Foreign Langauge Oscar race. The film, shot in the German language, will have its North American premiere on Monday here in Toronto.

The film previously played in Sydney and it won the audience award in Locarno.

Memento Films International handles sales. Music Box has US rights and Transmission has Australian.

The story follows the daughter of Nazi parents who has to lead her younger siblings across war-torn Germany, when she meets a mysterious refugee.

Lore is an official German-Australian co-production by Roh Film, Porchlight Films and Edge City Films.  Producers are Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh and Benny Drechsel. Writers are Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee.  Director is Cate Shortland.

The film was financed by Screen Australia, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, HessenInvest Film, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg and Deutscher Filmförderfonds, in association with Screen NSW and Creative Scotland. The film was developed by Screen Australia and Creative Scotland.

Oscar nominees will be announced Jan 15.

 

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