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Student filmmaker wins Oscar nod for his short film

Published January 24, 2012 6:06 pm

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Max Zähle, a graduate of Hamburg Media School, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short for his film, "Raju," which will receive a free screening in Park City on Saturday sponsored by the Angelus Student Film Festival.

In 2011, Zähle won the Angelus Festival's Patrick Peyton Excellence in Filmmaking Award for "Raju," which festival organizers describe as an emotional short film about a German couple who adopt a young Indian boy, shot on location in Kolkata, India.

Three previous Angelus winners have earned Oscar nominations, including Luke Matheny of New York University, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for Best Live Action Short for "God of Love." Last year, Matheny joked to the Tribune that the Oscar nomination was a consolation prize after his short, which won the top Angelus Festival award in 2010, wasn't accepted for either the Sundance or Slamdance film festivals.

The free screening of Max Zähle's "Raju" will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Mountain Vineyard, 1401 Kearns Blvd. Zähle will be at the screening and a Q & A following it.

— Ellen Fagg Weist