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Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 German Films Award Winners


... and the BIG winner of the night is (drums) none other than Victoria by Sebastian Schipper, the thriller shot in a single, unedited take won six (6) Lolas including best film, best director and the top acting honors.

No, this year didn't watched live the award ceremony but I'm please that Victoria won even when I know since 2015 Berlinale that will be a hard-to-watch movie.

To read winners at official site go here (pdf file in German).  Below is the list with ALL award winners; winners are in *BLUE.

Best Feature Film
Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies), Giulio Ricciarelli
*Jack, Edward Berger Best Film in Silver
*Victoria, Sebastian Schipper Best Film in Gold
Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe), Baran bo Oadar
Wir Sind Jung. Wir Sind Stark. (We Are Young. We Are Strong.), Burhan Qurbani
*Zeit der Kannibalen (Age of Cannibals), Johannes Naber Best Film in Bronze

Best Documentary Film
Beyond Punishment, Hubertus Siegert
*Citizenfour, Laura Poitras
Nowitzi, der Perfekte Wurf (Nowitzski - The Perfect Shot), Sebastian Dehnhardt

Best Children's Film
Quatsch (Fiddlesticks), Veit Helmer
*Rico, Oskar und Die Tieferschatten (The Pasta Detectives), Neele Leana Vollmar

Best Screenplay
Giulio rocciarelli and Elizabeth Bartel for Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies)
Edward Berger, Nele Mueller-Stöfen for Jack
Baran bo Odar and jantje Friese for Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe)
*Stefan Weigt for Zeit der Kannibalen (Age of Cannibals)
Ralf Westhoff for Wir Sind Die Neuen (We're the New People)

Best Director
Edward Berger for Jack
Dominik Graf for Die Geliebten Schwesern
Johannes Naber for Zeit der Kannibalen (Age of Cannibals)
*Sebastian Schipper for Victoria

Best Actress
*Laia Costa in Victoria
Nina Hoss in Phoenix
Katharina Marie Schubert in Ein Geschenk der Götter (A Godsend)

Best Actor
Christian Friedel in Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Hanno Koffler in Härte (Tough Love)
*Frederick Lau in Victoria

Best Supporting Actress
Meret Becker in Lügen und andere Wahrheiten (Lies)
*Nina Kunzenderf in Phoenix
Claudia Messner in Die Geliebten Schwestern (Beloved Sisters)

Best Supporting Actor
*Joel Basman in Wir Sind Jung. Wir Sind Stark. (We Are Young. We Are Strong.)
Burghart Klaußner in Friedel in Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Gert Voss in Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies)

Best Cinematography
*Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for Victoria
Yoshi Heimrath for Wir Sind Jung. Wir Sind Stark. (We Are Young. We Are Strong.)
Judith Kaufmann for Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Nikolaus Summerer for Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe)

Best Editing
Mathilde Bonnefoy for Citizenfour
Sven Budelmann for Stereo
Alexander Dittner for Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Jörg Hauschild for Als wir träumten (As We Are Dreaming)
*Robert Rzesacz for Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe)

Best Production Design
*Silke Buhr for Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe)
Benedikt Herford and Thomas Stammer for Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer for Die Geliebten Schwestern (Beloved Sisters)

Best Costume Design
Katrin Aschendorf for The Cut
*Barbara Grupp for Die Geliebten Schwestern (Beloved Sisters)
Bettina Marx for Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
*Nannie Gebhardt and Tajana Krauskopf for Die Geliebten Schwestern (Beloved Sisters)
Tajana Klauskopf and Isabelle Neu for Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert (13 Minutes)
Waldemar Pokromski and SAbine Schumann for The Cut

Best Score
*Nils Frahm for Victoria
Alexander Hacke for The Cut
Niki Reiser and Sebastian Pille for Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies),

Best Sound Design
*Bernhard Joest -Däberitz, Florian Beck, Ansgar Frerich, Daniel Weis for Who Am I - Kein System ist Sicher (Who Am I - No System is Safe)
Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert, Alexander Buck for Citizenfour
Magnus Pflüger, Fabian Schmidt, Matthias Lempert for Victoria

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Barbara Baum

To read nominations in the official site go here, is a pdf file available only in German; for English check another pdf file here.  Awards ceremony will be on June 19 in Berlin.

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5/7/15
Today the Deutsche Filmakademie (German Film Academy) announced the nominees for the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Awards) -better known as Lolas. The announcement was done at a press conference hosted by the Culture Minister Monika Grütters, German Film Academy President Iris Berben and German Film Academy member Christiane Paul.

Two 2015 Berlinale films got seven nominations each, Victoria by Sebastian Schipper and 13 Minutes by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Victoria got nominations in top awards but 13 Minutes did not so perhaps we can guess which film could get more wins, isn't?

Two movies call my attention because their few nominations, Phoenix by Christian Perzold and Germany's submission to Oscar Beloved Sisters by Dominik Graf; the first has only one nod in top awards, for Nina Hoss as Best Actress, and the second top nomination is in the Best Supporting Actress. Also can't help but to notice that Fatih Akin's latest film, The Cut, got nominations only in tech categories.

Somehow imagine that there are chances that the next submission to 2016 Oscar Best Foreign-Language Film category could be in this year's Lolas nominations; my best guess is that 2015 Berlinale 13 Minutes could be a good contender.  But we know that there is always the possibility of another film released in Germany before the Oscar deadline.

Here are the nominations for all the categories.

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