Maria Schrader’s Scrabble romantic comedy “I’m Your Man” (“Ich Bin Dein Mensh”) has been selected as a German contestant for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
The film is based on the story of a scientist who agrees to live three weeks with a humanoid robot designed to fund research, especially for his happiness.
The film had its world premiere in Berlin earlier this year, where star Maren Egert won the Silver Bear for her performance. Its German theatrical release in July, directed by Majestic Filmverlih, has sold 100,000 tickets.
The film enjoyed its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. It is licensed in more than 60 countries. Its U.S. commercial release via Blicker Street Media began later this month (September 24, 2021).
At the German Film Awards, “Mench” was nominated in five categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay (Schrader and Jan Schumberg), Best Actress (Egert) and Best Actor (Dan Stevens).
“Who makes us happy? Humans or robots?” As well as being able to use a classic sci-fi theme, ”Majestic said in a statement.
German films have received regular nominations for the Foreign Language Oscars. Won three German film awards: Volker Schlendorf’s “The Teen Drum” in 1979; Caroline Link’s “Nowhere in Africa” in 2002; And Florian Henkel von Donnersmark’s “The Lives of Honors” in 2006.