'Anonymous,' 'Stopped on Track' also vying for awards

BERLIN — Christian Petzold’s Silver Bear-winning drama “Barbara,” about an East Berlin doctor who finds love in a provincial hospital after being harshly reprimanded for wanting to leave the GDR, leads this year’s German Film Awards with eight nominations, including pic, director and screenplay.

Actor Ronald Zehrfeld and cinematographer Hans Fromm are also nominated for the film, which premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “Barbara” is also in the running for editing (Bettina Boehler), costume (Anette Guther) and sound design (Andreas Muecke-Niesytka, Dominik Schleier and Martin Steyer).

Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare drama “Anonymous” and Andreas Dresen’s meditation on mortality, “Stopped on Track,” follow with seven nominations each.

In addition to best pic, “Anonymous” impressed technically, with nominations for cinematographer Anna J. Foerster, editor Peter R. Adam and costume designer Lisy Christl, as well as production design (Sebastian Krawinkel), makeup (Bjoern Rehbein and Heike Merker), and sound (Hubert Bartholomae, Manfred Banach).

“Stopped on Track,” about a young father coping with his terminal brain tumor and impending death, is in the running for pic, director, screenplay (Dresen and Cooky Ziesche), actress (Steffi Kuehnert), actor (Milan Peschel), supporting actor (Otto Mellies) and editing (Joerg Hauschild).

Also vying for the best picture Lola are David Wnendt’s neo-Nazi drama “Kriegerin” (Combat Girls), which is also nominated for screenplay and actress (Alina Levshin); Tim Fehlbaum’s apocalyptic drama “Hell”; and Christian Zuebert’s “Dreiviertelmond,” about a jaded taxi driver whose life turns upside down when he helps a six-year-old Turkish girl find her mother.

Hans Weingartner is competing against Petzold and Dresen for the director Lola with “Hut in the Woods,” about a young man dealing with a psychological breakdown, which also nabbed a nom for actor Peter Schneider.

The German Film Awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on April 27.

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