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'Two Lives,' Starring Liv Ullmann, Selected as Germany's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2013 at 1:19PM

Georg Mattas' "Two Lives" has been selected as Germany's official Foreign-Language submission for the 86th Academy Awards. The film stars Juliane Kohler and Liv Ullmann as a daughter and mother confronting their dark pasts when the Berlin Wall goes down.
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"Two Lives"
"Two Lives"

Georg Mattas' "Two Lives" has been selected as Germany's official Foreign-Language submission for the 86th Academy Awards. The film stars Juliane Kohler and Liv Ullmann as a daughter and mother confronting their dark pasts when the Berlin Wall goes down.

Our TOH! review of the film is here. It has played the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Goteborg, Seattle and Shanghai, among other fests.

Here's the official synopsis:

TWO LIVES is based on the true story of the German Kathrine Evensen (played by Juliane Köhler), who, leads a happy life with her family and mother (played by Liv Ullmann) in Norway. But with the fall of the Wall she is suddenly confronted with her secret Stasi past. Her false identity, which has in the meantime become her desired life, threatens her entire existence. To prevent the truth from being revealed, she has to return to her previous role. But who is she really?

The Academy will announce the five nominated Foreign-Language films on January 16, 2014.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Liv Ullmann


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.