'Edge of Heaven' also scores in kudos noms

BERLIN — Dorris Doerrie’s “Cherry Blossoms,” about a grieving widower who journeys to Japan, and Fatih Akin’s ensemble drama “The Edge of Heaven” dominated the German Film Awards nominations.

“Cherry Blossoms” led the pack with six Lola nominations, including best pic, director, screenplay, actor (Elmar Wepper) and supporting actress (Hannelor Elsner).

“The Edge of Heaven” also won nominations for film, direction and screenplay plus best actress (Hanna Schygulla) and editing.

Dennis Gansel’s box office hit “The Wave,” depicting a high school class experiment in autocracy that gets out of control, picked up three noms – film, supporting actor (Frederick Lau) and editing.

Competing with Doerrie and Akin for best pic and direction is Christian Petzold with his haunting thriller “Yella,” about a young woman seeking

to start a new life. Pic also nabbed noms for actress Nina Hoss and cinematography (Hans Fromm).

Ralf Westhoff’s comedy “Shoppen,” depicting desperate singles seeking love through speed dating, is also competing for pic and director.

Vying for the best documentary Lola, Pepe Danquart’s “To the Limit,” examining the attempt by two rock-climbing brothers to ascend the face of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park, vies with Bettina Bluemner’s “Pool of Princesses,” a portrait of three teenage girls living in Berlin’s multicultural Kreuzberg district.

The Lola ceremony takes place in Berlin April 25.

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