Nasty Girl, The (1990): Germany’s Oscar Nominee, Directed by Michael Verhoeven


Directed by Michael Verhoeven, The Nasty Girl, Germany’s Oscar nominated film, is based on the factual story of Anja Rosmus,

The fictionalized screen tale centers on a Bavarian female student, who enters into a national competition by writing a revelatory essay about her small town during the Nazi era.

Her research for the paper reveals some harsh truth about citizens who previously seemed decent and respectful.  However, as no one likes her digging, she becomes a target of anger, hate and protest.

The good actress Lena Stoltze gives a strong performance in the titular role, playing the woman at various phases of her life.


The Nasty Girl played at the 1990 Berlin Film Fest, where it won Best Director Award, and then showed at the New York Film Fest.

Released by Miramax, the film found an appreciative audience.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Picture

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The surprise winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar was “Journey of Hope” from Switzerland.

The other contenders in this category were all superior to the winner: “Cyrano De Bergerac” from France, “Ju Dou” from China, and “Open Doors” from Italy.