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The people hand Fritz Bauer the Gold Lola

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- Lars Kraume’s The People vs Fritz Bauer was the big winner with six Lolas, while A Heavy Heart followed close behind with four

The people hand Fritz Bauer the Gold Lola
Thomas Kufus, producer of The People vs Fritz Bauer, with his Gold Lola for Best Film

This year’s Lolas-German Film Awards saw Lars Kraume’s The People vs Fritz Bauer [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lars Kraume
film profile
]
emerge the unrivalled victor. The story about a German Jewish prosecutor whose efforts helped capture Adolf Eichmann, set against a backdrop of the suppression of homosexual prostitution during the 1950s and 1960s, won the Gold Lola for Best Film, as well as those for Best Screenplay, Director, Production Design, Costumes and Supporting Actor (Ronald Zehrfield, the doctor in Babara [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Christian Petzold
festival scope
film profile
]
).

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The night’s runner-up, with four Lolas to its name (including the Silver Lola for Best Film), was undoubtedly A Heavy Heart [+see also:
trailer
interview: Thomas Stuber
film profile
]
, Thomas Stuber’s first feature film. The title, which was unveiled at Toronto, centres around a former boxer turned bouncer and debt-collector, who, after discovering his days are numbered, takes on the challenges of training a young champion and reuniting with his daughter. Peter Kurth’s lauded role earned him the title of Best Actor, with the film also winning the Award for Best Cinematography.

Also of note was Laura Tonke’s double win – the actress took home both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Awards. In terms of youth cinema, one of the current champions of German Film, Alain Gsponer, distinguished himself with his take on the well-known Swiss novel, Heidi [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
. Wim Wenders’ new, English-language film, Everything Will Be Fine [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film profile
]
, won one award, Best Music, thanks to Alexandre Desplat’s fantastic compositions. In much the same fashion, the very latest from internationally renowned director Tom Tykwer, A Hologram for the King [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, only won two technical prizes. Unsurprisingly, Bora Dagtekin’s Suck Me Shakespeer 2 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
was handed the Audience Award.

Here is a complete list of the winners of the Lolas-German Film Awards 2016:

Gold Lola for Best Film
The People vs Fritz Bauer [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lars Kraume
film profile
]
– Lars Kraume

Silver Lola for Best Film
A Heavy Heart [+see also:
trailer
interview: Thomas Stuber
film profile
]
– Thomas Stuber

Bronze Lola for Best Film
4Kings [+see also:
trailer
interview: Jella Haase
interview: Theresa von Eltz
film profile
]
– Theresa von Eltz

Best Documentary
Above and Below [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Nicolas Steiner

Best Children’s Film
Heidi [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
– Alain Gsponer

Best Director
Lars Kraume – The People vs Fritz Bauer

Best Screenplay
Lars Kraume and Olivier Guez – The People vs Fritz Bauer

Best Actress
Laura Tonke – Hedi Schneider is Stuck [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sonja Heiss
film profile
]

Best Actor
Peter Kurth – A Heavy Heart

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Tonke – Too Hard to Handle

Best Supporting Actor
Ronald Zehrfeld – The People vs Fritz Bauer

Best Cinematography
Peter Matjasko – A Heavy Heart

Best Editing
Alexander Berner - A Hologram for the King [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Production Design
Cora Pratz – The People vs Fritz Bauer

Best Costumes
Esther Walz – The People vs Fritz Bauer

Best Make-up
Hanna Hackbeil – A Heavy Heart 

Best Music
Alexandre Desplat – Every Thing Will Be Fine [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film profile
]

Best Sound
Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert and Roland Winke – A Hologram for the King

Honorary Award
Regina Ziegler (producer)

Bernd Eichinger Award
Stefan Arndt

Audience Award
Suck Me Shakespeer 2 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Bora Dagtekin

(Translated from French)

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