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Arte lands quintet of Grimme kudos

Pubcasters sweep top telepic awards

French-Teutonic weblet Arte nabbed five trophies from Germany’s Adolf Grimme Institut, which on Wednesday announced its 42nd annual awards for sophisticated TV productions.

The main Grimme Awards for telepics all went to co-productions from public broadcasters. Winners are ARD/BR drama “Maria’s Letzte Reise” (Maria’s Last Journey), directed by Rainer Kaufmann, and BR/ARTE/SWR production “Hierankl” from Hans Steinbichler.

Also winning were two sequels of ARD’s detective series “Polizeiruf 110,” “Kleine Frau” (Little Woman), by Andreas Kleinert, and “Der scharlachrote Engel” (The Scarlet Angel), by Dominik Graf. Grimme Award is the fifth for Graf, who at the recent Berlin film fest presented bigscreen pic “The Red Cockatoo.”

Trophies also went to lensers Bella Halben for “Hierankl” and Thomas Plenert for “Kleine Frau,” as well as thesps, including this year’s Berlinale “shooting star” Johanna Wokalek, for “Hierankl.”

Of 14 productions considered, office comedy series “Stromberg,” on ProSieben, was the only skein on a commercial broadcaster to nab kudos.

Debuting this year was an award for newcomers sponsored by Mercedes-Benz; it went to 28-year-old Alejandro Cardenas for his film “Alias Alejandro.”

Awards ceremony will be held March 31 in Marl.