Petzold’s ‘Barbara’ leads German Lola noms

'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).

Popular on Variety

“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.

More Film

  • Dau

    Russian Press Take Aim at 'Dau' Competition Selection at Berlinale in Searing Open Letter

    A group of Russian journalists at the Berlinale have published an open letter to festival leadership, questioning their selection of controversial Russian film “Dau. Natasha” in an “era marked by the struggle against the culture of violence and abuse in the film industry.” The post, published Saturday on Russian feminist film website KKBBD.com and signed [...]

  • Father

    'Father': Film Review

    “Father” begins with a mother. Dragging her two sullen, uncomprehending kids along with her, Biljana (Nada Šargin) strides onto the grounds of the factory from which her husband was let go more than a year before and harangues the foreman about the severance package they still have not received. The children are hungry, she wails, [...]

  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm

    'Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street': Film Review

    In 1985, New Line rushed out a sequel to its breakout horror hit of the prior year. But while commercially successful enough, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” was initially disliked by mainstream horror fans, then later won cult status, for the same reason: It struck many as “the gayest horror film of [...]

  • Leaving Neverland HBO

    HBO Seeks Dismissal of Michael Jackson Estate's Suit Over 'Leaving Neverland'

    HBO urged an appeals court on Friday to throw out litigation brought by the Michael Jackson estate over the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland.” HBO and the Jackson estate have been locked in a legal war ever since the premium cable network agreed to run the documentary, which chronicles child sexual abuse allegations against Jackson. The [...]

  • Denzel Washington

    Film News Roundup: Denzel Washington-Rami Malek Thriller Set for Early 2021 Release

    In today’s film news roundup, a Denzel Washington-Rami Malek thriller gets a release date, “Escape Room 2” gets moved, Paramount sets a double feature, “So Cold the River” wraps and the Sonoma Film Festival unveils its lineup. RELEASE DATES Warner Bros. has set the Denzel Washington-Rami Malek police thriller “The Little Things” for a Jan. 29, [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Writers Guild Says It Helped Negotiate 100 Deals for Agent-Less Members

    The Writers Guild of America has asserted that it has assisted in negotiating more than 100 deals in recent months for members without agents. The missive from the WGA West board of directors comes nearly a year after the guild leaders ordered their 15,000 members to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed [...]

  • the jesus rolls

    Émilie Simon Contributes Flamenco/Gypsy Vibe to John Turturro's ‘The Jesus Rolls’

    For French musician Émilie Simon, the flamenco-meets-gypsy vibe writer-director John Turturro was seeking for the soundtrack to his movie “The Jesus Rolls” turned out to be in her musical and genetical DNA. “This music originally comes from where I grew up in the south of France,” says the 41-year-old electronic musician, who has released five [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content