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‘Stopped on Track’ wins best pic at German awards

Dresen drama leads Lola laurels

BERLIN – Andreas Dresen’s meditation on mortality, “Stopped on Track,” the story of a young father coping with his terminal brain tumor and impending death, swept the 62nd German Film Awards on Friday, winning the Golden Lola for best pic as well as director and actor for star Milan Peschel.

Christian Petzold’s “Barbara,” about an East Berlin doctor who finds love in a provincial hospital after being harshly reprimanded for wanting to leave the GDR, won the Silver Lola. The pic had been this year’s favorite, leading the pack with eight nominations.

David Wnendt’s “Combat Girls,” which centers on a young woman trying to break free from a neo-Nazi gang, took the Bronze Lola as well as actress for Alina Levshin, who has dazzled critics with powerful performance, and screenplay for Wnendt.

“Stopped on Track” also picked up supporting actor kudos for Otto Mellies, while Dagmar Manzel took supporting actress for Christian Schwochow’s “Cracks in the Shell.”

Johannes Schmid’s “Winter’s Daughter,” about a 12-year-old girl who sets off on an odyssey to meet the father she has never known, won best children’s film, while Corinna Belz’s portrait of German artist Gerhard Richter, “Gerhard Richter – Painting,” took the documentary prize.

Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare drama “Anonymous” scored big in the technical field, winning cinematography for Anna J. Foerster; costume design for Lisy Christl; editing for Peter R. Adam; set design (Sebastian Krawinkel); sound (Hubert Bartholomae and Manfred Banach) and makeup (Bjoern Rehbein and Heike Merker).

Lorenz Dangel won original score for Tim Fehlbaum’s apocalyptic drama “Hell.”

Accepting the lifetime achievement award, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who has lensed such films as “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Goodfellas” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” received a standing ovation from the more than 1,800 industryites who attended the glitzy ceremony at the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin. Ballhaus returned to his native Germany six years ago after shooting “The Departed,” his last Hollywood production.

Multi-hyphenate funnyman Michael Herbig, writer, director and star of such comedic hits as “Dreamship Surprise” and “Manitou’s Shoe,” was awarded the inaugural Bernd Eichinger Award, which recognizes the work of contemporary filmmakers.

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