“John Rabe,” Florian Gallenberger’s World War II epic about a Nazi industrialist who saved thousands of Chinese citizens from Japanese invaders during the Nanking massacre, swept the German Film Awards in Berlin on Friday.
It nabbed four Lolas, including the gold statuette for best film, actor honors for Ulrich Tukur, and costume and production design awards.
The silver Lola for film went to Caroline Link’s family drama “A Year Ago in Winter,” which also won the music Lola for composer Niki Reiser.
Andreas Dresen’s “Cloud 9,” about an aging couple whose long marriage is torn apart by an affair, nabbed the bronze Lola for film as well as director honors for Dresen and best actress for Ursula Werner.
The documentary Lola went to Niko von Glasow-Bruecher’s “Nobody’s Perfect,” about 12 people born with physical defects after their mothers took the thalidomide drug in early 1960s, who seek to come to terms with their bodies by posing nude for a calendar.
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Sophie Rois picked up supporting actress for her role in Ina Weisse’s drama “Der Architekt,” while Andreas Schmidt took supporting actor for Christian Goerlitz’s comedy-drama “Fleisch ist mein Gemuese.”
Screenplay kudos went to Oezguer Yildirim for Hamburg-based gangster drama “Chiko,” which he also directed, and cinematographer Kolja Brandt nabbed the camera prize for Philipp Stoelzl’s 1930s-set mountain-climbing drama “North Face.”
Uli Edel’s terrorist drama “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” the most successful German film at the domestic box office last year, went home empty-handed.
The evening’s most emotional moment came when 85-year-old comedy actor Vicco von Buelow, also known as Loriot, was given a standing ovation after receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Some 1,500 guests attended the 59th awards ceremony. Presented by the federal culture ministry, the Lolas are handed out in 15 categories and carry $4 million in prize money.