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40 films shortlisted for Lolas

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The German Film Academy has announced the 40 features (27 narrative films, nine documentaries and four children’s films) shortlisted by a jury of 33 members (composed mainly of Academy members, as well as some Culture Ministry representatives) for the Lola German Film Awards nomination race.

The 40 shortlisted works include multiple award-winning festival favourites such as Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon [+see also:
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interview: Michael Haneke
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]
, Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen [+see also:
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, Hans-Christian Schmid’s Storm [+see also:
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interview: Alexander Fehling
interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
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(LUX Prize 2009 competition), Maren Ade’s Everyone Else [+see also:
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interview: Maren Ade
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]
, Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Hausner
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, Margarethe von Trotta’s Vision [+see also:
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, Andreas Dresen’s Whisky with Vodka [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Dresen
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, Sherry Hormann’s Desert Flower [+see also:
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and Wolfgang Panzer’s The Big Cat [+see also:
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The selection also includes films popular with audiences, such as Simon Verhoeven’s Men In the City [+see also:
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, Sönke Wortmann’s Pope Joan [+see also:
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, Kai Wessel’s Hilde [+see also:
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and Christian Ditter’s film for children The Crocodiles [+see also:
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; films by renowned young auteurs, including Anno Saul (The Door [+see also:
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), Matthias Glasner (This is Love [+see also:
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) and Benjamin Heisenberg (The Robber [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Heisenberg
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]
); and newer titles such as 66/67 - Fairplay War Gestern [+see also:
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and Jo Baier’s mega-production Henry of Navarre, which is set for release in March.

The finalists will be announced on March 19 and the Lola Awards ceremony (with prizes totalling over €2.8m) will be held in Berlin on April 23.

(Translated from French)

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