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The Bloom of Yesterday is the frontrunner in the race for the Lolas

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- The new film by Chris Kraus has notched up eight nominations, outpacing festival darling Toni Erdmann, which is in the running for six German Film Awards

The Bloom of Yesterday is the frontrunner in the race for the Lolas
The Bloom of Yesterday by Chris Kraus

Yesterday, in the presence of Minister of Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, the German Film Library hosted the press conference announcing the nominees for the 2017 edition of the Lolas-German Film Awards.

One title totally outpaces the other movies chosen by secret vote by the 1,800-plus members of the German Film Academy: The Bloom of Yesterday [+see also:
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by Chris Kraus (Four Minutes [+see also:
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), a film based on his own family history. In the movie, Lars Eidinger plays a renowned researcher, the grandson of a Nazi, who is married but unable to completely satisfy his wife (Hannah Herzsprung), leads conferences on the Holocaust and strikes up an intimate relationship with a young Jewish French colleague (Adèle Haenel). This comedy-drama leads the pack with eight nominations, outpacing Wild [+see also:
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by Nicolette Krebitz (seven nominations) and, to everyone’s surprise, Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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by Maren Ade (six), which, since its premiere screening in competition at Cannes last May, has become the German film of the past year in the eyes of the whole world.

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These three titles are duking it out for the Lola for Best Film, as is 24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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by Anne Zohra Berrached (four nominations in all), which was in competition at Berlin last year, Welcome to Germany [+see also:
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 by Simon Verhoeven (not nominated in any other category, astonishingly) and the enjoyable summertime romp Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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 by Fatih Akin (four nominations).

Several other movies are also putting a brave face on it: Paula [+see also:
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by Christian Schwochow (four nominations), children’s film Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen by Andreas Dresen (three) and two biopics – Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge [+see also:
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interview: Marie Noëlle
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by Marie Noelle and Heart of Stone [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Naber
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by Johannes Naber, each of which has three nods in the technical categories.

The awards ceremony will take place on 28 April. Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2017 Lolas-German Film Awards:

Best Film
24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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 - Anne Zohra Berrached
The Bloom of Yesterday [+see also:
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- Chris Kraus
Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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- Maren Ade
Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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 - Fatih Akin
Wild [+see also:
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- Nicolette Krebitz
Welcome to Germany [+see also:
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 - Simon Verhoeven

Best Documentary
Berlin Rebel High School [+see also:
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- Alexander Kleider
Cahier africain [+see also:
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 - Heidi Specogna
No Land’s Song [+see also:
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 - Ayat Najafi

Best Children’s Film
Auf Augenhöhe [+see also:
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 - Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf
Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen [+see also:
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 - Andreas Dresen

Best Screenplay
Anne Zohra Berrached and Carl Gerber - 24 Weeks
Chris Kraus - The Bloom of Yesterday
Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann
Lars Montag and Helmut Krausser - Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid (Lars Montag)

Best Director
Anne Zohra Berrached - 24 Weeks
Chris Kraus - The Bloom of Yesterday
Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann
Nicolette Krebitz - Wild

Best Lead Actress
Lilith Stangenberg - Wild
Julia Jentsch - 24 Weeks
Sandra Hüller - Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actress
Sigrid Marquardt - The Bloom of Yesterday
Christiane Paul - Die Welt des Wunderlichs (Dani Levy)
Eva Löbau - Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid
Fritzi Haberlandt - Fog in August [+see also:
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Best Lead Actor
Lars Eidinger - The Bloom of Yesterday
Bruno Ganz - In Times of Fading Light [+see also:
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Peter Simonischek - Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actor
Martin Feifel - Die Welt des Wunderlichs
Rainer Bock - Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid
Georg Friedrich - Wild

Best Cinematography
Sonja Rom - The Bloom of Yesterday
Frank Lamm - Paula [+see also:
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Rainer Klausmann - Goodbye Berlin
Reinhold Vorschneider - Wild

Best Editing
Bettina Böhler - Wild
Heike Parplies - Toni Erdmann
Andrew Bird - Goodbye Berlin

Best Production Design
Silke Buhr - The Bloom of Yesterday
Christoph Kanter - Fog in August
Tim Pannen - Paula

Best Costumes
Gioia Raspé - The Bloom of Yesterday
Chris Pidre et Florence Scholtes - Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge [+see also:
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interview: Marie Noëlle
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Frauke Firl - Paula

Best Make-up
Kathi Kullack - Heart of Stone [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Naber
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Waldemar Pokromski - Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge
Astrid Weber and Hannah Fischleder - Paula

Best Music
Oli Biehler - Heart of Stone
Bruno Coulais - Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge
Johannes Repka - Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen

Best Sound
Lars Ginzel, Benjamin Hörbe and André Zacher - Heart of Stone
Stefan Busch, Michael Kranz and Peter Schmidt - Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen
Lars Ginzel, Kai Lüde and Kai Tebbel – Goodbye Berlin
Rainer Heesch, Christoph Schilling and Martin Steyer - Wild

(Translated from French)

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