‘Harmonists’ tops German pic awards

Period drama takes home five nods

BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing.

Based on the true story of a popular a cappella group forced to dissolve during the Third Reich because several members were Jewish, “Comedian Harmonists” has also been the strongest German box office performer so far this year, selling 2.6 million tickets since its Christmas release.

Tom Tykwer’s moody Alpine thriller “Winterschlaefer” and Peter Lichtefeld’s German-Finnish love story “Zugvoegel” shared the runner-up silver award. Wim Wenders received a nod as best director for his psychological study “The End of Violence,” while Katja Riemann was named best actress for her performances in “Die Apothekerin” and “Bandits.”

Heinz Badewitz, director of the Hof Film Festival, and U.S. actor Gregory Peck were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The 82-year-old Peck accepted his trophy live via satellite.

German Minister of the Interior Manfred Kanther asked the prominent guests gathered at the Brandenburg Gate not to despair at the low market share of homegrown productions so far this year. “German films have a hard time keeping up with big-budget Hollywood movies,” Kanther acknowledged. “But German films have proven that quality and success with audiences don’t just depend on the amount of money spent. The gate has swung open.”

Other awards:

  • Actor, Ulrich Noethen, “Comedian Harmonists”

  • Supporting actress, Meret Becker, “Comedian Harmonists”

  • Supporting actor, Peter Lohmeyer, “Zugvoegel”

  • Cinematography, Frank Griebe for “Winterschlaefer” and “Zugvoegel”

  • Editing, Peter R. Adam, “Comedian Harmonists”

  • Production design: Rolf Zehetbauer, “Comedian Harmonists”

  • Foreign Film (shared): “The Full Monty,” “Brassed Off”

More Film

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Box Office: 'Equalizer 2' Narrowly Edges Past 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Land at No. 1

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry

    Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry Still Struggles With Transformation

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • MayFair, directed by Sara Blecher

    Sara Blecher’s ‘Mayfair’ Brings Feminine Gaze to Gangster Tale

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • Todd Brown, XYZ Films

    African Finance Under Spotlight at Durban FilmMart  

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • Ryan Reynolds'Deadpool' panel, Comic-Con International, San

    Ryan Reynolds Wants to Explore Deadpool's Bisexuality in Future Films

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9243328q)From

    Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Restaurant Critic, Dies at 57

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

  • Johnny Depp Amber Heard

    Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB's Comic-Con Panel

    BERLIN — At a ceremony held in white tents at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Joseph Vilsmaier’s period pic “Comedian Harmonists” swept through this year’s German Film Awards. The semi-musical set in the ’20s and ’30s collected trophies for best film, actor, supporting actress, production design and editing. Based on the true story of a popular a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content