Four minutes, four prizes
The title swept up no less than four awards, for Best Script (Kraus), Best Actress (Monica Bleibtreu), Best Young Actress (Hannah Herzsprung) and Best Production (Meike and Alexandra Kordes). The film, set in a women's prison, evokes a relationship between a retired pianist and a young musician, both of whom are forced to get along despite their relative circumstances.
Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot [+see also:
film profile] (lit. "He Who Dies Earlier is Dead Longer") – the surprise box office hit of 2006 with 1.3m admissions – won Best Young Director for Marcus H. Rosenmüller (whose new film, Schwere Jungs [+see also:
film profile], opened last Thursday). Best Production (a sum of €200,000) went to Roxy Film.
Strike by renowned director Volker Schlöndorff picked up two prizes: Best Actress (Katharina Thalbach) and Best Cinematography (Andreas Höfer).
Florian Borchmeyer and Matthias Hentschler took Best Documentary for Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins, while Gregor Schnitzler's The Cloud [+see also:
film profile] was named Best Children's Film.
The jury also presented a special award to Joseph Vilsmaier and Dana Vávrová for their film, The Last Train.
The final prize of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.
(Translated from French)
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