Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck must be one glücklicher Mann (that¹s "happy dude" in German). The Lives of Others, his drama about prying eyes in Stasi-era East Germany, is the first flawless film of the century. Now all he needs is a little gift from Steven Soderbergh: to swap identities in the name of movie marketing. Herr Henckel von Donnersmarck could take The Good German and Soderbergh, in exchange, would get to pretend he’s a first time director. Come Oscar time, one might snag Best Foreign Language Film and the other, that happy dude feeling for having helped market it to the Academy.
—Posted by Laura Blum