This article was corrected on April 14, 2003.
Pic won noms for Becker, actor Daniel Bruehl — who picked up last year’s actor nod and who was also nominated for his role in Zueli Aladag’s boxing drama “Elefantenherz” — actress Kathrin Sass, supporting actor Florian Lukas and supporting actress Maria Simon, who was also nominated for her role in Hans-Christian Schmid’s “Distant Lights.”
The comedy-drama about a man’s attempts to convince his sick mother that communist East Germany still exists cost $4.5 million to make and has garnered $30.5 million at the box office so far.
An ensemble drama set along the German-Polish border, “Distant Lights,” scored four noms, including director. Both “Distant Lights” and “Lenin” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival. Best picture candidates also include “Elefantenherz,” Doris Doerrie’s “Naked,” Eoin Moore’s “Pigs Will Fly” and Fatih Akin’s “Solino.”
This year’s selection marks a strong showing for Germany’s Turkish and Kurdish filmmakers. While Akin’s “Solino” is a departure from his past work dealing with Germany’s Turkish culture, it still examines the immigration experience of two Italian brothers.
Turkish-born Kurd helmer Aladag’s “Elefantenherz” follows a young German from a blue-collar family looking for success in the boxing ring.
The Foreign Film honors will be awarded to helmer Stephen Daldry’s Oscar winner “The Hours.”
German culture minister Christina Weiss, who announced the nominations, paid tribute to Caroline Link whose “Nowhere in Africa” swept last year’s German Film Awards and won this year’s Oscar for foreign pic.
“Films like ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’ and ‘Nowhere in Africa’ are evidence of a new desire among German filmmakers to tell stories,” she said, adding that she was doing what she could to increase funds to market Teutonic pics internationally.
Weiss also announced plans to replace the German Film Awards jury, which ranges in size from eight to 12 people, with a body akin to Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, possibly as early as next year.
The German Film Awards will be presented June 6 in Berlin.
“Elefantenherz” Dir. Zueli Aladag
“Distant Lights” Dir. Hans-Christian Schmid
“Good Bye, Lenin!” Dir. Wolfgang Becker
“Naked” Dir. Doris Doerrie
“Pigs Will Fly” Dir. Eoin Moore
“Solino” Dir. Fatih Akin
Hannelore Elsner (“Mein letzter Film”)
Sophie Rogall (“Do Fish Do It?”)
Katrin Sass (“Good Bye, Lenin!”)
Daniel Bruehl (“Elefantenherz”/”Good Bye, Lenin!”)
Andreas Schmidt (“Pigs Will Fly”)
Juergen Vogel (“Shattered Glass”)
Corinna Harfouch (“Bibi Blocksberg”)
Maria Simon (“Good Bye, Lenin!”/”Distant Lights”)
Laura Tonke (“Baader “/”Pigs Will Fly”)
Florian Lukas (“Good Bye, Lenin!”)
Devid Striesow (“Distant Lights”)
Manfred Zapatka (“Elefantenherz”)
Wolfgang Becker (“Good Bye, Lenin!”)
Hans-Christian Schmid (“Distant Lights”)
Tomy Wigand (“The Flying Classroom”)
“The Hours” Dir. Stephen Daldry
“Bibi Blocksberg” (Hermine Huntgeburth)
“The Flying Classroom” (Dir. Tomy Wiegand)
“Soldatenglueck und Gottes Segen” (Dir. Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken)
“Rivers and Tides” (Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer)