German film noms sing

'Harmonists' heads up list of nominees

BERLIN — Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” heads up the list of movies nominated for the 1998 German Film Awards, which will be presented by the German Minister of the Interior Manfred Kanther in Berlin on June 6.

Based on the true story of an a cappella singing group persecuted by the Nazis, “Harmonists” received nods in four categories, including film, director, actor and supporting actress. Rainer Kaufmann’s pitch-black comedy “Die Apothekerin” (The Pharmacist) and Tom Tykwer’s Alpine drama “Winterschlaefer” (Wintersleepers) received three nominations each.

The nominees for this year’s Gold and Silver “Filmband” awards are eligible for cash prizes of up to 1 million marks ($550,000) provided by the German Ministry of the Interior.

Complete nominations follow:


“Comedian Harmonists,” directed by Joseph Vilsmaier

“Die Apothekerin,” directed by Rainer Kaufmann

“Winterschlaerfer,” directed by Tom Tykwer

“Frau Rettich, die Czerni und ich,” directed by Markus Imboden

“Haertetest” (Hardship Test), directed by Janek Rieke

“Kinderland ist abgebrannt,” directed by Sibylle Tiedemann

“Obsession,” directed by Peter Sehr

“Zugvoegel — einmal nach Inari” (Train Birds), directed by Peter Lichtefeld


Tom Tykwer (“Winterschlaerfer”)

Joseph Vilsmaier (“Comedian Harmonists”)

Wim Wenders (“The End of Violence”)


Heike Makatsch (“Obsession”)

Lisa Martinek (“Haertetest “)

Katja Riemann (“Die Apothekerin,” “Bandits”)


Ulrich Noethen (“Comedian Harmonists”)

Uwe Ochsenknecht (“Weihnachtsfieber”)

Juergen Tarrach (“Die Musterknaben”)


Meret Beker (“Comedian Harmonists”)

Jutta Hoffmann (“Bandits”)

Dagmar Manzel (“Die Apothekerin”)


Rufus Beck (“Jimmy the Kid”)

Josef Bierbichler (“Winterschlaefer”)

Peter Lohmeyer (“Zugvoegel”)

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