Fourth Angelus Winner In As Many Years Receives Oscar Nomination

Max Zähle at Angelus Film Awards

2011 Angelus Student Film Festival grand prize winner and Hamburg Media School grad Max Zähle, who was awarded the fest’s Patrick Peyton Excellence in Filmmaking Award for RAJU, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

Max Zähle Receiving Student Academy Award


The gripping, emotionally harrowing story of a German couple who adopt a young Indian boy in Kolkata has also received the Student Academy Bronze Medal and been honored as Best Foreign Film at L.A. ShortsFest, underscoring the film’s compelling narrative that transcends borders and cultures. Shot on location in Kolkata, in German and Hindi with English subtitles, RAJU presents “as many questions as answers,” notes Angelus fest director Monika Moreno, noting that Angelus seeks to award filmmakers as they create works that respect the dignity of the human person.

Scene from "Raju"

Scene from "Raju"

Moreno points out that Zähle is another in the growing number of Angelus awardees who have gone on to be tapped for the Oscar. In fact, the three past Academy Awards® ceremonies have had Angelus winners among the nominee roll call, with the 2010 Angelus grand prize winner, Luke Matheny of New York University, bringing home the gold for his thesis film GOD OF LOVE. Also nominated in 2009 and 2008 were Gregg Helvey for KAVI and Reto Caffi for ON THE LINE, respectively.

Max Zähle filming "Raju"

Filmmaker Max Zähle will be in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival and will be present for a Q&A following a 5:30 pm screening of his Oscar-nominated film at the Windrider Forum on Saturday, Jan 28th at Mountain Vineyard located at 1401 Kearns Boulevard in Park City.