Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex and Dennis Gansel's school drama The Wave are among five films submitted for consideration as Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film Oscar.
The Constantin Film production of Edel's chronicle of the Red Army Faction terrorist group, starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek, will be released by Constantin Filmverleih in German cinemas on September 25 and will be screened in Rome.
Meanwhile, Gansel's film has been seen by over 2.5m German cinema-goers since being released earlier this year after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
The five films being considered by an independent nine-person expert jury drawn from the German film industry are:
Der Baader Meinhof Complex by Uli Edel (Constantin Film Produktion, Munich)
Dr. Alemanby Tom Schreiber (2 Pilots Filmproduktion, Cologne)
Cherry Blossoms - Hanami by Doris Dörrie (Olga Film, Munich)
The Wave by Dennis Gansel (Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Munich)
Cloud 9 by Andreas Dresen (Rommel Film, Berlin)
Last year, Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven was submitted as Germany 's entry and the Austrian entry, Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters - a 50-50 co-production between Austria and Germany - was the eventual winner of the Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Feature Film.