Germans were celebrating on the night of the Oscars. “All Quiet on the Western Front” directed by Edward Berger won four Oscars for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony! A historic win as explained in this report by the ‘Tagesschau’.
In addition to being recognized as Best International Feature, the film was acknowledged for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.
Proud of their Villa Aurora Alumnus is also Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House who congratulate Edward Berger on this amazing success. “We are immensely proud to have had the privilege of hosting Edward as a Villa Aurora Fellow and celebrate the impact of residency programs for the creative process.”
Villa Aurora was honored to celebrate the nine nominations for “All Quiet On the Western Front” past Saturday in the presence of German Minister for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth MdB. Director Edward Berger, together with Nele Müller-Stöfen, was filmmaker-in-residence at Villa Aurora in 2015, a time which he describes as formative in his development and career as a filmmaker.
Villa Aurora, now a highly renowned interdisciplinary artist residence, was the exile home of writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife and collaborator Marta, as well as a center for German and European exiles in Los Angeles. Among the friends and guests of the Feuchtwangers was Erich Maria Remarque, author of the novel “All Quiet On The Western Front.”
Based on the 1929 novel, the anti-war film “is set during World War I and follows the life of a young German soldier who enlists in the army with his friends. But the realities of war shatter his hopes of becoming a hero and he focuses on his own survival.” (read an interview on abc13)
Congratulations Edward Berger & team!