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‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ Director ‘Speechless’ BAFTA Nods

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“All Quiet on the Western Front” director Edward Berger said he was “speechless and overwhelmed” by the Netflix drama’s record-setting BAFTA nomination.

The German helmer — best known for directing episodes of “Deutschland 83” and “Patrick Melrose” — also co-produced and wrote the World War I film. He called being recognized by the British Film Academy “a great honour”.

“All Quiet” collected 14 nominations Thursday – tied with “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” for the most nominated non-English language films in the awards’ history. The film is one of the most nominated titles in BAFTA history, second (alongside 2007’s “Atonement”) only to “Gandhi” (1982).

Berger said: “That the film has resonated with so many people is a testament to Erich Maria Remarque’s remarkable book, written over a hundred years ago and sadly still relevant today. It was our north star.

“The novel’s powerful anti-war message unites us, no matter where we live. We owe it to our incredible creative team – each person was an integral part of the whole and made the film what it is. Thank you so much, BAFTA. We are deeply humbled. “

“All Quiet” is one of the biggest budget films to come out of Germany Former Washington Post reporter Ian Stoeckel and producer and actor Leslie Patterson wrote the screenplay alongside Berger. The story is based on the classic World War I novel by Remarque, a former German infantryman, published in 1929 and taught in curriculums around the world for its profound account of the futility of war.

Remarque’s book was adapted by Lewis Milestone soon after its publication, famously winning the 1930 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. A 1979 Golden Globe-winning TV movie by Delbert Mann.

Netflix’s adaptation is nominated for BAFTA for Best Picture as well as Film not in the English Language, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Original Score, Casting, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up and Hair, Sound and Special visual effects.

The film’s producer, Malte Grunert, added: “To be nominated in so many categories, including Best Film, is overwhelming. I would like to thank BAFTA for this incredible honour. I want to thank our department heads for their incredible work, our cast – especially Felix Kamerer and Albrecht Schuch. And of course, Edward Berger, I’m delighted to see his nomination for Best Director. Looking at our fellow nominees, it’s humbling to be in such great company. Thank you, BAFTA.”

The film’s BAFTA-nominated composer Volker Bartelmann noted that “collaborating with Eduard Berger gave me the freedom to work on a score without compromise. I am very grateful for that.”

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