‘Buena Vista’ tops docs at German Film Awards

Danquart takes best director

BERLIN — Wim Wenders won top honors for the “Buena Vista Social Club” at the 50th German Film Awards Friday night in Berlin.

Wenders was on hand to take the award for best documentary, even indulging in a little award frolics, joining actor Joachim Krol on stage to dance along to the Cologne-based band BAP.

Pepe Danquart beat out Wenders and first time feature director Veit Helmer (“Tuvalu”) to take best director kudos for his pic “Heimspiel” (Home Game), about the East Berlin hockey team the Ice Bears.

Pic was one of a number of films honored that were linked to East Germany; dur-ing the ceremony, efforts were made to embrace both halves of the country in the flashbacks of German cinema presented, the speeches made and in its very staging in an opera house in the eastern part of the city.

Best film as well as best actress awards went to Cannes player “No Place to Go” and actress Hannelore Elsner, respectively, for the drama about the writer Gisela Elsner, director Oskar Roehler’s real-life mother who fell apart after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Actor kudos went to vet thesp Uwe Ochsenknecht for his role in the second Ger-man sport pic to be nominated, “Football Rules O.K.”

Sharing the Film Band in Silver for runners up in the best film race were Sebastian Schipper’s “Gigantic” from Tom Tykwer’s production company, X-Filme, and “The Eastie Boys,” a comedy about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Directed by theater director Leander Haussmann, latter was one of the year’s top commercial successes.

Fellow hit “Anatomie,” Columbia TriStar Germany’s first German-lingo pic, took away the audience award for best film.

Its star, Franka Potente, ended up awarding herself the audience prize for best ac-tress.

In the new best children’s film category, Senator Film took home a statue for “Capt’n Blue Bear.”

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