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Meinhof drama submitted for Oscar

17 September 08 08:48 GMT

A movie about the militant left-wing Baader Meinhof group has been named as Germany's official entry for the 2009 foreign language film Oscar.

Premiered in Munich on Tuesday, The Baader Meinhof Complex stars Moritz Bleibtreu and Martina Gedeck as the leaders of the 1970s terrorist group.

More than 30 people were killed by the Baader-Meinhof gang, or the Red Army Faction as it later became known.

Uli Edel's drama will be screened at the London Film Festival in October.

The Baader Meinhof gang, named after Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, carried out bombings, kidnappings and assassinations in the 1970s and '80s in an attempt to topple the German state.

Suicide

Meinhof committed suicide in prison in 1976, with Baader following suit the following year.

The film opens in Germany on 25 September and is scheduled for a UK release on 14 November.

Germany is one of a number of countries to unveil their foreign film Oscar submissions in the run-up to next year's Academy Awards.

Others include Sweden, Belgium, Brazil and Austria, winner of this year's award for Holocaust drama The Counterfeiters.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for the prize on 22 January.

Cold War thriller The Lives of Others, another German submission, won the award in 2007.

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