Edgar Reitz and Austrian Andreas Prochaska triumph at the Lola awards
by Bénédicte Prot
- The cult German director has won gold at the national cinema awards; Viennese Prochaska was given eight awards, including a silver Lola for The Dark Valley
Last Friday at Berlin’s Tempodrom, the German cinema Lola awards were handed out before culture minister Monika Grütters and the academy president of German cinema, Iris Berben.
The great winner and recipient of the gold Lola award for best film, best director and best screenplay was Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision [+see also:
film profile] by cult director Edgar Reitz, a piece of work divided into two parts, which picks up on the plot of the famous mini-series by the “new German cinema” filmmakers, which takes place in a fictitious village named Schabbach, in the region of Hunsrück. This plot goes even further back in time, to the heart of the 19th century, a moment when the inhabitants of the village are divided among themselves between emigrating to the new world or staying put and putting foundations down for a new age at home, influenced by the Enlightenment and the French revolution.
While the film by Reitz conquered the three ruling categories, the other indisputable triumph of the night hosted by Jan Josef Liefers was that of The Dark Valley [+see also:
film profile] by Viennese Andreas Prochaska (director of successful horror film Dead in 3 Days [+see also:
film profile]), a story of vendetta starring British Sam Riley, which takes place in the Alps of the 19th century. This film, which was the occasion for a gala screening at the last Berlin Film Festival (read the review), was a great favourite at this year’s Lola edition (read the article): of the nine categories it was nominated in, The Dark Valley came top in eight, specifically winning the silver Lola for best film and a majority of the technical awards.
COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2014 LOLA AWARDS FOR GERMAN CINEMA
Gold Lola for best film
Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision by Edgar Reitz
Silver Lola for best film
The Dark Valley by Andreas Prochaska
Edgar Reitz for Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision
Edgar Reitz and Gert Heidenreich for Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision
Best supporting actor
Tobias Moretti in The Dark Valley
Thomas W. Kiennast for The Dark Valley
Hansjörg Weißbrich for Two Lives
Claus Rudolf Amler for The Dark Valley
Natascha Curtius-Noss for The Dark Valley
Helene Lang and Roman Braunhofer for The Dark Valley
Matthias Weber for The Dark Valley
Dietmar Zuson, Christof Ebhardt and Tschangis Chahrokh for The Dark Valley
(Translated from French)
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