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Victoria named Best German Film of the Year

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- Sebastian Schipper’s fantastic film, which consists of a feverish, 140-minute-long sequence shot, has won a string of prizes at the Lolas

Victoria named Best German Film of the Year
The Victoria team with their Lolas

The favourite title in the nominations for the Lolas-German Film Academy Awards has really cashed in: Victoria [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile
]
by Sebastian Schipper, which already won a Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution at Berlin (very well deserved by its DoP, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen), has come out on top in six of the seven categories it had been competing in, starting with Best Film, where it won the gold medal. This exhilarating adventure filmed in a single take lasting 140 minutes, progressing from the bowels of Berlin to the city’s rooftops, also won prizes for its directing, cinematography, music, and the performances of its two lead actors, Laia Costa and Frederick Lau. The other hopeful with seven nominations, 13 minutes [+see also:
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trailer
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]
by Oliver Hirschbiegel, went home empty-handed. 

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The Silver Lola for Best Film went to Jack [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
by Edward Berger, and Age of Cannibals [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Johannes Naber snagged the bronze, in addition to the Lola for Best Screenplay. Who Am I –  No System Is Safe [+see also:
trailer
interview: Baran bo Odar
film profile
]
by Baran bo Odar, which was also in the running for the Best Film Award, took home three technical prizes. Beloved Sisters [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Dominik Graf
film profile
]
by Dominik Graf won two Lolas, again in the technical categories. We Are Young, We Are Strong [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Burhan Qurbani, a movie about the xenophobic attack that took place in the East German city of Rostock in 1992, which was in competition at the most recent Rome Film Festival, bagged the Best Supporting Actor Award.

The Lola for Best Documentary went to the remarkable Oscar- and BAFTA-winning documentary Citizenfour [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by US director Laura Poitras, an enlightening, must-see film that depicts whistle-blower Edward Snowden at the very time he made his alarming revelations about the monitoring of citizens. 

The audience’s favourite, which was calculated according to the number of admissions taken by the film, was Head Full of Honey [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by and starring Til Schweiger, who, year after year, still proves to be the king of German blockbusters.

Here is the complete list of the winners of the Lolas-German Film Awards 2015:

Gold Lola for Best Film
Victoria by Sebastian Schipper

Silver Lola for Best Film
Jack by Edward Berger

Bronze Lola for Best Film
Age of Cannibals by Johannes Naber

Best Director
Sebastian Schipper for Victoria

Best Screenplay
Stefan Weigl for Age of Cannibals

Best Actress
Laia Costa in Victoria

Best Actor
Frederick Lau in Victoria

Best Supporting Actress
Nina Kunzendorf in Phoenix [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Christian Petzold
film profile
]
by Christian Petzold

Best Supporting Actor
Joel Basman in We Are Young, We Are Strong

Best Cinematography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for Victoria

Best Editing
Robert Rzesacz for Who Am I – No System Is Safe

Best Production Design
Silke Buhr for Who Am I – No System Is Safe

Best Costumes
Barbara Grupp for Beloved Sisters

Best Make-up
Nannie Gebhardt-Seele and Tatjana Krauskopf for Beloved Sisters

Best Music
Nils Frahm for Victoria

Best Sound
Bernhard Joest-Däberitz and Florian Beck for Who Am I – No System Is Safe

Best Documentary
Citizenfour by Laura Poitras

Best Children’s Film
The Pasta Detectives by Neele Leana Vollmar

Honorary Award
Costume designer Barbara Baum

Audience Award (highest admissions)
Head Full of Honey [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Til Schweiger

(Translated from French)

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