The gripping German language war drama was the frontrunner at the prestigious award ceremony and is it's next target is to hopefully bag the Oscars.
There are rare few times when a foreign language film outshines an English language film and it is rightfully acknowledged at the award ceremonies. All Quiet On the Western Front is one such German-language film giving out anti-war messages from the trenches of the WW I battlefield and the British Academy Film and Television Arts Awards have heard it. All Quiet on the Western Front can be considered a shocking frontrunner this year. This Netflix film not only bagged the best picture awards at the ceremony but also beat popular choices such as Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisheri, Elvis, and Tár.
The German film also leads the pack with an astounding 14 nominations and has now been tied down with Ang Lee’s iconic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon for the most nominations for a non-English language movie in BAFTA so far. The film won a total of seven accolades which include Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film in Foreign Language, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound.
The movie’s German title is in Westen nichts Neues and it was released in 2022. The film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. In the film, we see Felix Kammerer as Paul Bäumer and Albrecht Schuch as Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky as the lead and secondary characters respectively, and the film is directed by Edward Berger. The protagonist's stellar performance should have helped him to bag an acting nomination as well but we are glad to see Albrecht Schuch getting the animation for best-supporting actor.
World War films usually touch a chord with the audience and jury alike as it brings back the horrors of bloodshed between countries and well as show the new generation how tough the old times were. Since the film is based on author Erich Maria's experience as a soldier in the Imperial German Army during World War I, the film is a mix of real and fictional events. The plot begins in 1917 when a 17-year-old Paul Bäumer is influenced by the patriotic speech he hears at school and ends up enlisting in the Imperial German army with his friends Albert Kropp, Franz Müller, and Ludwig Behm. They are deployed in Northern France near La Malmaison where they end up meeting a fellow soldier and share their romanticized view of the war. But soon their imagination is shattered when the teenager confronts the hard realities of war in the trenches on the Western Front.