Donnersmarck's drama a favorite at kudos
BERLIN — Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s East German drama “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen) looks set to win big today at the German Film Awards, or Lolas.The tyro helmer picked up the Bavarian Film Award for screenplay and newcomer director for the pic, about an agent of East Germany’s dreaded Stasi secret police who begins to question his work. He’ll also be honored with the screenplay award on May 22 at the upcoming Cologne Conference TV and film festival. “The Lives of Others” leads this year’s Lola pack with 11 nominations, including feature, director, screenplay and actor for Ulrich Muehe. Henckel von Donnersmarck is competing for the top Lola against and Hans-Christian Schmid’s fact-based exorcist drama “Requiem,” with 10 noms. Other rivals include Andreas Dresen, who picked up the Bavarian Film Award for director for his surprise hit “Summer in Berlin” (Sommer vorm Balkon) with six noms; Detlev Buck’s gritty urban tale “Tough Enough” (Knallhart); Hany Abu-Assad’s Palestinian suicide bomber tale “Paradise Now”; and Vanessa Jopp’s drama “Happy as One” (Komm naeher).