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AWARDS Germany

Toni Erdmann and female filmmakers come out on top at the Lolas-German Film Awards

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- One year after its premiere at Cannes, which marked the start of a non-stop barrage of praise and awards, the phenomenal German film has rounded off its Grand Slam by scooping six Lolas

Toni Erdmann and female filmmakers come out on top at the Lolas-German Film Awards
Maren Ade and Sandra Hüller with their Lolas for Toni Erdmann

It will come as no surprise that, at the 2017 Lolas-German Film Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Friday night (28 April) at the palace of the Funkturm Berlin, Toni Erdmann [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile
]
topped off the Grand Slam that began last year at Cannes – where, after being selected in competition, the film garnered near-unanimous acclaim and honours from the international press (who then elected it the winner of their Grand Prix in 2016). Indeed, this off-the-wall, three-hour comedy, written and directed by Maren Ade, received six Lolas (out of six nominations), including the Golden Lola for Best Film, the Best Director and Best Screenplay Awards, and the Lolas for Best Lead Actor (thanks to the performance by Austria’s Peter Simonischek) and Actress (Sandra Hüller).

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The Silver and Bronze Lolas also served to acknowledge films by female directors: these were, respectively, 24 Weeks [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]
by Anne Zohra Berrached (for which this was its only prize out of four nominations) and Wild [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by talented actress-director Nicolette Krebitz, which cashed in on four out of the seven trophies it was in the running for, including Best Supporting Actor, which singled out another Austrian thesp, Georg Friedrich (Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale for Thomas Arslan’s Bright Nights [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Thomas Arslan
film profile
]
; also recently on the cinema listings in the highly popular Wild Mouse [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Josef Hader
interview: Josef Hader
film profile
]
by Josef Hader). 

The biopic Paula [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Christian Schwochow (about painter Paula Modersohn-Becker) came out on top in two of the technical categories (production design and costumes), as did Heart of Stone [+see also:
trailer
interview: Johannes Naber
film profile
]
by Johannes Naber (make-up and music).

We should, however, point out the absence of several internationally renowned nominees from the winners’ list, such as Andreas DresenChris Kraus and Marie Noëlle, and especially that of the exhilarating summer road trip Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Fatih Akin (which got four nods), whose turn it will be to represent Germany in competition at Cannes in two weeks’ time, with his In the Fade [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fatih Akin
film profile
]
.

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2017 Lolas-German Film Awards:

Golden Lola for Best Film
Toni Erdmann [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile
]
- Maren Ade

Silver Lola for Best Film 
24 Weeks [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]
- Anne Zohra Berrached

Bronze Lola for Best Film
Wild [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Nicolette Krebitz

Best Documentary
Cahier africain [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Heidi Specogna

Best Children’s Film
Auf Augenhöhe [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf

Best Screenplay 
Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann

Best Director 
Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann

Best Lead Actress 
Sandra Hüller - Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actress 
Fritzi Haberlandt – Fog in August [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Lead Actor 
Peter Simonischek - Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actor 
Georg Friedrich – Wild

Best Cinematography
Reinhold Vorschneider – Wild

Best Editing 
Heike Parplies - Toni Erdmann

Best Production Design 
Tim Pannen – Paula [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Best Costumes
Frauke Firl – Paula

Best Make-up 
Kathi Kullack - Heart of Stone [+see also:
trailer
interview: Johannes Naber
film profile
]

Best Music 
Oli Biehler – Heart  of Stone

Best Sound 
Rainer Heesch, Christoph Schilling, Martin Steyer - Wild

(Translated from French)

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