Sleeping Sickness wins top prize at Ludwigshafen
by Bénédicte Prot
Euro-African film Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
interview: Ulrich Kohler
film profile] (see Focus), which earned Ulrich Köhler the Silver Bear for Best Director at the latest Berlin Film Festival (see review), won the top prize (worth €50,000) at the Ludwigshafen German Film Festival (June 16-26). The film was released on German screens last Thursday by Farbfilm.
Other festival prize-winners are actor Eberhard Kirchberg for his performance in Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler’s three-part crime drama Dreileben; actor Heino Ferch for TV drama Traces of Evil by Vienna’s Andreas Prochaska (who helmed Dead in 3 Days [+see also:
film profile]); and former Shooting Star 2006-turned-prominent actress Sandra Hüller for her roles in Jan Schomburg’s Above Us Only Sky [+see also:
film profile] (shown in this year’s Berlinale Panorama, see review) and Dutch director Nanouk Leopold’s Brownian Movement [+see also:
film profile]. Schomburg also nabbed Best Screenplay.
Meanwhile, Johannes Naber won Best Director for this year’s Max Ophüls Prize-winner The Albanian [+see also:
interview: Nik Xhelilaj - Albania
film profile], which recounts the difficult journey of an Albanian in Germany.
Finally, the Audience Award went to Andi Rogenhagen’s Ein Tick Anders [+see also:
film profile]. This award is all the more impressive given that the Ludwigshafen Festival this year broke new attendance records, with a total of 39,000 viewers.
(Translated from French)
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