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‘Zucker’ zips up six Lolas at film kudos

Klaussner, Riemann, Jentsch pick up acting trophies

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BERLIN — Writer-helmer Dani Levy’s hit comedy “Go for Zucker!” won six Lolas, including film, director, script and actor, at the German Film Awards on Friday.

The comedy from Berlin-based X Filme, about an inveterate gambler, womanizer and liar forced to rediscover his Jewish roots when his estranged family visit from Israel while he’s trying to win big in a local pool tournament, has proven a box office and critical success. A re-release is sure to follow.

Pic was the odds-on-favorite to sweep the 55th German Film Awards, the first organized by the newly formed German Film Academy. There were few surprises (unless one counts the Academy’s transparent-as-mud, massively complex nomination process passing over Oscar-nommed local and export smash hit “Downfall”) at the ceremony, held in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall.

“Zucker” thesp Henry Hubchen took one of the evening’s swipes at the Fuhrer when, during his acceptance speech, he said, “I beat Hitler! It’s great!”

Supporting actor prize went to Burghart Klaussner for his role as the hostage in “The Edukators.” Pic also took a Silver Lola, together with “Sophie Scholl,” whose up-and-coming star Julia Jentsch shed a tear while collecting her actress statuette.

Supporting actress winner was Katja Riemann for her turn as a frustrated politician’s frustrated wife in Oskar Roehler’s dysfunctional family drama “Agnes and His Brothers.”

The Federal Office for Cultural & Media Affairs sponsored the event to the tune of $3.4 million in prizes, with $1.6 million to the three top films. Culture Minister Christina Weiss affirmed official support and continued subsidies for all things art and artistic.

Hosting the festivities was comedian Michael “Bully” Herbig (“Manitu’s Shoe,” “Dreamship Surprise”).

While not every gag flew, Herbig’s swipe at “Downfall” producer and Academy founder Bernd Eichinger certainly did, and acceptance speeches were kept mercifully short at the well-organized ceremony.

After-party saw winners, losers and a broad spectrum of German industryites eating, drinking and dancing into the early hours.

Show aired on pubcaster ARD.

And the winners are…

Film
“Go for Zucker!” Gold Lola
“The Edukators,” Silver
“Sophie Scholl,” Silver

Director
Dani Levy, “Go for Zucker!”

Actress
Julia Jentsch, “Sophie Scholl”

Actor
Henry Hubchen, “Go for Zucker!”

Supporting Actress
Katja Riemann, “Agnes and His Brothers”

Supporting Actor
Burghart Klaussner, “The Edukators”

Documentary Film
“Rhythm Is It!”

Children’s Film
“Laura’s Star”

Cinematography
Hans-Gunther Bucking, “Snowland”

Editing
Dirk Grau, Martin Hoffmann, “Rhythm Is It!”

Production Design
Ari Hantke, “The Ninth Day”

Costumes
Lucie Bates, “Go for Zucker!”

Music
Niki Reiser, “Go for Zucker!”

Sound
Gregor Kuschel, Hubertus Rath, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Christoph von Schonburg, Marc von Stuerler, “Touch the Sound”

Script
Holger Franke, Dani Levy, “Go for Zucker!”

Honorary Award
Reinhard Hauff

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