German Films said today that its nine-person jury has selected Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters as Germany's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film tells the little-known true story of a ménage-à-trois among Friedrich Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters, a utopia on the eve of the French Revolution. Florian Stetter, Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius have the lead roles. “This designation is for me the greatest joy and the confirmation of my work," producer Uschi Reich said. "What great luck for us all." Beloved Sisters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and hit German theaters July 31 via Senator Film Verleih. Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced January 15.
BAFTA said today that American filmmaker David Fincher will discuss his life and career during the group's A Life in Pictures event next month. Fincher is a two-time Oscar nominee for directing The Social Network and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and also helmed such films as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, Panic Room, Fight Club and Seven along with the upcoming Ben Affleck starrer Gone Girl. Before making his featuring directing debut with Alien3 (1992), Fincher worked for Industrial Light & Magic on pics including Return Of The Jedi and Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom and directed music videos for acts including Michael Jackson and Madonna. BAFTA A Life in Pictures: David Fincher is set for September 19 at BAFTA headquarters in London.
Format owners FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment have inked a new multi-year deal with Clouds Media International for Kenya's Got Talent. Clouds Media International’s subsidiary content firm, will Status Communications, will produce three seasons of the Simon Cowell-created reality format, taking the total number of adaptations of Got Talent to 63 versions worldwide.