‘White Ribbon’ sweeps German awards

Haneke drama nabs 10 statuettes at Lolas

Michael Haneke’s haunting drama “The White Ribbon” swept the German Film Awards on Friday, garnering 10 Lolas, including best film, director and actor for Burghart Klaussner.

Hans-Christian Schmid’s political drama “Storm,” about the war crimes trial of a Yugoslavian army commander, picked up three Lolas, including the Silver Lola, editing for Hansjorg Weissbrich and score for German band the Notwist.

Sibel Kekilli won actress kudos for Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave,” the story of a Turkish woman seeking emancipation from her conservative Muslim family. Aladag picked up the Bronze Lola for her film debut.

The White Ribbon,” which won last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes as well as the European Film Award for best pic, also won best cinematography for the work of Christian Berger and the supporting actress category for 15-year-old Maria Victoria Dragus.

Documentary kudos went to Ernst Ludwig Ganzert and Ulli Pfau’s “The Heart of Jenin,” about Palestinian boy whose death at the hands of Israeli soldiers results in a second chance for a group of Israeli children.

Justus von Dohnnanyi won best supporting actor for his role as a pop singer in Simon Verhoeven’s ensemble comedy “Men in the City,” while Christian Ditter’s “The Crocodiles” nabbed the children’s film prize.

The German Film Academy also feted Bernd Eichinger, producer of some of the most successful German films of the past decade, with an award for outstanding contribution to German cinema. Eichinger’s works include “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” “Downfall” and “Perfume — The Story of a Murderer.”

The German Film Awards, which took place at the Friedrichstadtpalast theater in Berlin, carry a total of EUR 2.85 million ($3.8 million) in monetary prizes.

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