Thesp-helmer Schell honored for lifetime achievement
Germany’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, Marc Rothemund’s resistance drama “Sophie Scholl — Die Letzten Tage,” took top kudos at the Bayerischer Filmpreis Awards. Producers Christoph Müller, Sven Burgemeister, Marc Rothemund and Fred Breinersdorfer shared the $260,000 prize.
The awards of the state of Bavaria, one of Germany’s most prestigious film events, were handed out Friday by the state’s prime minister, Edmund Stoiber.
Maximilian Schell was honored for his lifetime achievement as actor and director.
Four awards were given to 1980s-set drama “Das Leben der Anderen,” (The Life of Others), including actor Ulrich Muehe. Actress winner was Nina Hoss in top domestic 2005 hit “The White Masai.” Directing kudos went to Andreas Dresen for “Sommer vorm Balkon.”
Philip Groening snatched the documentary prize for his contemplative “The Great Silence.” Lenser winner was Hans-Guenther Buecking for his camerawork in “Schneeland.” A jury’s special award went to Christian Wagner for German-Slovenian production “Warchild.”