BERLIN — Fatih Akin’s Berlinale winner “Head-On” is the leading contender for this year’s German Film Awards, dubbed the Lolas, with four nominations, including feature film, director and leading female and male thesps Sibel Kekilli and Birol Uenel.
Pic, about a Turkish woman in Hamburg who finds solace from her restrictive family in a marriage of convenience, is vying for the nation’s top film prize with Soenke Wortmann’s “The Miracle of Bern,” a family drama set against the 1954 World Cup soccer championship, which picked up nominations for film, director and supporting actress for Johanna Gastdorf.
Other pics in the running for the pic Lola and the accompanying e250,000 ($299,950) cash prize, include Leander Haussmann’s “Berlin Blues,” about a bartender forced to cope with changing times when the Berlin Wall comes down; Sylke Enders’ “Kroko,” the story of a convicted criminal whose life is changed after serving out her sentence in a half-way house for handicapped residents; Marcus Mittermeier’s “Muxmauschenstill,” in which a former philosophy student becomes a videocamera-wielding vigilante; and Christian Petzold’s “Wolfsburg,” about a man whose hit-and-run accident continues to haunt him in his newfound relationship.
The German Film Awards ceremony will be held June 18 in Berlin.
“Berlin Blues” – Dir. Leander Haussmann
“Head-On” Dir. Fatih Akin
“Kroko” – Dir. Sylke Enders
“The Miracle of Bern” – Dir. Soenke Wortmann
“Muxmaeuschenstill” – Dir. Marcus Mittermeier
“Wolfsburg” – Dir. Christian Petzold
Fatih Akin (“Head-On”)
Christian Petzold (“Wolfsburg”)
Soenke Wortmann (“The Miracle of Bern”)
Nina Hoss (“Wolfsburg”)
Sibel Kekilli (“Head-On”)
Johanna Wokalek (“Hierankl”)
Josef Bierbichler (“Hierankl”)
Horst Krause (“Schultze Gets the Blues”)
Birol Uenel (“Head-On”)
Katja Danowski (“Berlin Blues”)
Johanna Gastdorf (“The Miracle of Bern “)
Fritzi Haberlandt (“Learning to Lie”)
Detlev W. Buck (“Berlin Blues”)
Fritz Roth (“Muxmaeuschenstill”)
Hinnerk Schoenemann (“Kroko”)
“Die Blindgaenger” Dir. Bernd Sahling
“Die wilde Kerle” Dir. Joachim Masannek
“The Story of the Weeping Camel” Dir. Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni
“Die Kinder sind tot” Dir. Aelrun Goette