Germans salute ‘Rossini’

BERLIN — In an airplane hangar in Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport, the German film biz Friday celebrated the success of Teutonic pics.

Named best pic at this year’s German Film Prize ceremony, Helmut Dietl’s “Rossini” collected four Golden Filmband awards. With more than 3 million admissions, the satire of the Munich film milieu has been a commercial as well as a critical hit.

“I never expected this level of success,” a smiling Dietl told the crowd. Accompanied by cash awards of up to 900,000 marks ($530,000), the German Film Prize is sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior.

The 1997 German Film Prize winners are as follows:

GOLDEN FILMBAND

“Rossini,” directed by Helmut Dietl

SILVER

“Jenseits der Stille” (Beyond Silence), directed by Caroline Link; and “Das Leben ist eine Baustelle” (Life is All You Get), directed by Wolfgang Becker

ACTRESS

Sylvie Testud, “Jenseits der Stille”

ACTOR

Juergen Vogel, “Das Leben ist eine Baustelle”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Martina Gedeck, “Rossini” and “Das Leben ist eine Baustelle”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Moritz Bleibtreu, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”

DIRECTOR

Helmut Dietl, “Rossini”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Martin Langer, “14 Tage lebenslaenglich” (14-Day Life Sentence)

EDITING

Inez Regnier, “Rossini” and “Echte Kerle” (Real Men)

MUSIC

Niki Reiser, “Jenseits der Stille”

FOREIGN FILM

“Sense and Sensibility,” directed by Ang Lee

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Jennifer Jones, actress; Billy Wilder, director; Klaus Dill, poster designer.

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