Jacob the Liar (1976): Frank Beyer’s Oscar Nominee from East Germany

East Germany

In Frank Beyer’s bittersweet comedy, Jacob the Liar, set in a Polish ghetto in WWII, an ordinary man becomes a celebrated hero when he decides to spread lies about the political reality in order to keep up the spirits of his demoralized fellow Jews.
 
Oscar Nominations: 1
Best Foreign Language Picture
 
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context
“Jacob the Liar,” the German Democratic Republic’s nominee for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, competed in this category with “Black and White in Color,” from the Ivory Coast, which won, “Cousin, Cousine” from France, “Nights and Days” from Poland, and “Seven Beauties” from Italy.