57th German Film Academy Awards
The 57th German Film Academy’s Lola Award nominees were announced on March 16, 2007.
The 57th German Film Academy’s Lola Award winners were announced at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin on May 4, 2007.
† Qualifying films were released in Germany between Mar. 1, 2006 and Feb. 28, 2007. (There can be, however, exceptions to this rule.)
Note: There’s a Golden Lola for Best Film (worth €500,000), and a Silver Lola (worth €400,000) for the runner(s)-up.
Lola ceremony photos: © Michael Tinnefeld, F.Seefried, Torsten Hemke, Deutsche Filmakademie
In Chris Kraus’ Four Minutes, veteran Monica Bleibtreu plays a piano teacher who gives lessons to a young convict (Hannah Herzsprung) at a penitentiary. Herzsprung lost the best actress award to Bleibtreu, but took best supporting actress honors for her performance in Life Actually.
Golden Lola for Best Film / Programmfüllende Spielfilme
EMMAS GLÜCK / EMMA’S BLISS Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel - Wüste Filmproduktion GbR / Hejo Emons - Wüste Film West GmbH - Direction: Sven Taddicken
DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schröder - Magnolia Filmproduktion GmbH / Josef Aichholzer - Aichholzer Film - Direction: Stefan Ruzowitzky
DAS PARFUM / PERFUME Bernd Eichinger - Constantin Film Produktion GmbH - Direction: Tom Tykwer
* VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES Meike Kordes, Alexandra Kordes - Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH - Direction: Chris Kraus
WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS Annie Brunner, Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner - Roxy Film GmbH & Co. KG- Direction: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
WINTERREISE / WINTER JOURNEY Uli Aselmann, Robert Marciniak - d.i.e.film.gmbh - Direction: Hans Steinbichler
Silver Lola for Best Film Runner-Up (tie)
* DAS PARFUM / PERFUME Bernd Eichinger - Constantin Film Produktion GmbH - Direction: Tom Tykwer
* WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS Annie Brunner, Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner - Roxy Film GmbH & Co. KG- Direction: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Best Documentary / Programmfüllende Dokumentarfilme
DAS KURZE LEBEN DES JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ / THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ Gerd Haag - TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG - Direction: Heidi Specogna
* WORKINGMAN’S DEATH Erich Lackner, Mirjam Quinte, Pepe Danquart - Lotus Film GmbH, Wien and Quinte Film, Freiburg with Arte G.E.I.E. - Direction: Michael Glawogger
Best Youth/Children’s Film / Programmfüllende Kinder- und Jugendfilme
* HÄNDE WEG VON MISSISSIPPI Claus Boje - Boje Buck Produktion GmbH - Direction: Detlev Buck
DIE WOLKE / THE CLOUD Markus Zimmer - Clasart Film and Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft mbH - Direction: Gregor Schnitzler
Best Direction / Beste Regie
Matthias Glasner DER FREIE WILLE / THE FREE WILL
Chris Kraus VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
* Marcus H. Rosenmüller WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS
Tom Tykwer DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Best Actor / Beste darstellerische Leistung - männliche Hauptrolle
* Josef Bierbichler WINTERREISE / WINTER JOURNEY
Karl Markovics DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
Jürgen Vogel DER FREIE WILLE / THE FREE WILL
Best Actress / Beste darstellerische Leistung - weibliche Hauptrolle
* Monica Bleibtreu VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
Hannah Herzsprung VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
Jördis Triebel EMMAS GLÜCK / EMMA’S BLISS
Best Supporting Actor / Beste darstellerische Leistung - männliche Nebenrolle
Sylvester Groth MEIN FÜHRER - DIE WIRKLICH WAHRSTE WAHRHEIT ÜBER ADOLF HITLER / MEIN FÜHRER: THE TRULY TRUEST TRUTH ABOUT ADOLF HITLER
Hinnerk Schönemann EMMAS GLÜCK / EMMA’S BLISS
* Devid Striesow DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
Best Supporting Actress / Beste darstellerische Leistung - weibliche Nebenrolle
Barbara Auer DER LIEBESWUNSCH / IMPOSSIBLY YOURS
* Hannah Herzsprung DAS WAHRE LEBEN / LIFE ACTUALLY
Sabine Timoteo EIN FREUND VON MIR / A FRIEND OF MINE
Best Screenplay / Bestes Drehbuch
Chris Kraus VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
* Christian Lerch, Marcus H. Rosenmüller WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS
Stefan Ruzowitzky DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
Best Cinematography / Beste Kamera / Bildgestaltung
* Frank Griebe DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Judith Kaufmann VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
Benedict Neuenfels DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
Best Editing / Bester Schnitt
* Alexander Berner DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Susanne Hartmann, Anja Pohl WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS
Uta Schmidt VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
Hansjörg Weißbrich DER LIEBESWUNSCH / IMPOSSIBLY YOURS
Best Score / Beste Filmmusik
* Gerd Baumann WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT / GRAVE DECISIONS
Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Christian Heyne ICH BIN DIE ANDERE / I AM THE OTHER WOMAN
Best Production Design / Bestes Szenenbild
* Uli Hanisch DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Lothar Holler HÄNDE WEG VON MISSISSIPPI
Isidor Wimmer DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
Best Costume Design / Bestes Kostümbild
Natascha Curtius-Noss SCHWERE JUNGS / HEAVYWEIGHTS
Nicole Fischnaller DIE FÄLSCHER / THE COUNTERFEITER
* Pierre-Yves Gayraud DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Best Sound / Beste Tongestaltung
Richard Borowski, Fabian Schmidt, Kai Storck, Andreas Wölki EMMAS GLÜCK / EMMA’S BLISS
* Stefan Busch, Dirk Jacob, Michael Kranz, Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert, Hanse Warns, Roland Winke DAS PARFUM / PERFUME
Jörg Höhne, Robin Pohle, Andreas Ruft VIER MINUTEN / FOUR MINUTES
Honorary Award: Armin Mueller Stahl
The Israeli drama Hofshat Kaits / My Father My Lord won the top narrative feature award at the 6th Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by David Volach, Hofshat Kaits tells the story of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who must decide between the tenets of his religion or the welfare of his family. The narrative feature award includes a US$50,000 cash prize.
Marina Hands was chosen best actress for her performance in the title role of Lady Chatterley, Pascale Ferran’s acclaimed new take on D.H. Lawrence’s scandalous novel about a woman who has an affair with one of her husband’s employees. Earlier this year, both Hands and the film received top honors at the French Academy’s César ceremony. Kino International will be releasing Lady Chatterley in the United States.
The best actor was Lofti Ebdelli for his performance in the Moroccan-Tunisian co-production Akher film / Making Of, a film within a film about Islamic terrorists and actor-director conflicts. Additionally, screenwriter/director Nouri Bouzid took the best screenplay award.
Enrique Begne won the best new narrative filmmaker award for the Mexican drama Dos Abrazos / Two Embraces, about four lonely Mexico City denizens who find hope through human connections, while Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side, an examination on the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by American soldiers, was chosen best documentary feature – which comes with a $25,000 cash prize.
This edition of the Tribeca Festival included 157 features and 88 short films from 47 countries. The world competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. The winner of the audience award will be announced at the closing night gala on May 5.
May 6 addendum: Thina Simunye / We Are Together, spoken in Zulu and English, received the Cadillac Audience Award. Directed by Paul Taylor, We Are Together is a documentary that portrays the lives of singing children in South Africa’s Agape Orphanage.
6th Tribeca Film Festival Awards - 2007
Tribeca Film Festival 2007: April 25–May 5.
World Narrative Feature Competition
Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits) by David Volach
Best New Narrative Filmmaker: Two Embraces (Dos Abrazos) by Enrique Begne
Best Actor: Lofti Ebdelli, Making Of (Akher film) by Nouri Bouzid
Best Scr.: Nouri Bouzid, Making Of (Akher film) by Nouri Bouzid
Best Actress: Marina Hands, Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran
Honorable Mentions for Scr.: Li Yu and Fang Li, Lost in Beijing (Ping Guo) by Li Yu; Bahman Ghobadi, Half Moon (Niwemang) by Bahman Ghobadi
World Documentary Feature Competition
Best Documentary: Taxi to the Dark Side by Alex Gibney
Best New Documentary Filmmaker: A Story of People in War & Peace by Vardan Hovhannisyan
Special Jury Mention: We Are Together (Thina Simunye) by Paul Taylor
Short Film Competition, Narrative
Best Narrative Short: The Last Dog in Rwanda (Den sista hunden i Rwanda) by Jens Assur
Special Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short: Super Powers by J. Mitchell Anderson and Jeremy Kipp Walker
Student & Documentary Short Competition
Best Documentary Short: A Son’s Sacrifice by Yoni Brook
Student Visionary Award: Good Luck Nedim (Sretan Put Nedime) by Marko Santic
Student Visionary Award: Someone Else’s War by Lee Wang
New York Competition
“NY Loves Film” - Documentary: A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory by Esther Robinson
“Made In NY” - Narrative: The Education of Charlie Banks by Fred Durst
Special Jury Recognition: The Killing of John Lennon by Andrew Piddington
World Documentary Feature Jury:Heidi Ewing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jehane Noujaim, Raoul Peck, Gideon Yago
Student & Documentary Short Competition: Frank Deford, Mario D’Urso, Barbara Gladstone, Ted Leonsis
Made in N.Y. Narrative Feature Jury: Eric Bogosian, Minnie Driver, Dave Fear, Alex Gibney, Vincent Musetto, Leah Rozen, Oren Rudavsky, Mercedes Ruehl
NY Loves Film Documentary Features Jury: Marshall Fine, Val Kilmer, Susan Lyne, Patrick McCarthy, Shiela Nevins, Gene Seymour, Ivanka M. Trump
Nastri d’Argento Nominations: Anti-Berlusconi Film In
The two top nominees for the 61st Nastri d’Argento Italian Cinema Awards presented by the National Union of Italian Film Journalists (Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani) are Giuseppe Tornatore’s suspense drama La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman (above, lower photo) and Nanni Moretti’s anarchic political satire Il Caimano / The Caiman (above, upper photo), each with 7 nominations. Tornatore’s first film in six years, La Sconosciuta stars Xenia Rappoport as an Ukrainian immigrant who finds a job as a cleaning lady to a wealthy Italian family. Needless to say, the woman’s dark and dangerous past eventually catches up with her. Tornatore himself received two nominations, for best direction and best screenplay. (There’s no “best film” category at the Nastri d’Argento.) Il Caimano stars best actor Nastro d’Argento nominee Silvio Orlando as a down-on-his-luck film producer who starts shooting a film that happens to be a merciless attack on (by now) former Italian prime-minister Silvio Berlusconi. Among the other Caimano nominees are Margherita Buy as best actress (also for Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition), and Nanni Moretti as best director and best producer (along with Angelo Barbagallo). Curiously, Il Caimano failed to nab a best screenplay nod. (Some critics hated it.) The other four nominees in the best director category are: Veteran Marco Bellocchio for Il Regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director, a surrealistic story about a filmmaker who is hired to videotape the wedding of a princess. Saverio Costanzo for In memoria di me / In Memory of Myself (above), which depicts the inner struggles of a young Catholic novice (Christo Jivkov). Emanuele Crialese for Nuovomondo / The Golden Door
, which follows a Sicilian family on their way to the United States. Nuovomondo was Italy’s submission for the 2007 best foreign-language film Academy Award. Ferzan Ozpetek for Saturno contro, the story of a group of friends – of various sexual orientations – and how their friendship is affected when one of them suffers a stroke. Among the nominees for best European film are Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Pedro Almodóvar’s Goya-winning comedy-drama Volver, and Stephen Frears’ Bafta-winning drama The Queen. Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-nominated Letters from Iwo Jima, Jia Zhang Ke’s 2006 Venice Film Festival winner Sanxia haoren / Still Life, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ crowd-pleaser Little Miss Sunshine are up for the best non-European film Nastro. Strangely, Woody Allen’s British-made Match Point is also up for a Nastro d’Argento for best non-European film. Giuseppe Bertolucci’s Pasolini prossimo nostro / Pasolini Next to Us, comprised of a collage of stills taken by photographer Deborah Imogen Beer on the set of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s highly controversial 1975 political drama SalÁ² o le 120 giornate di Sodoma / Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, is up for the best documentary Nastro.
Marco Leonardi, the romantic lead in Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Cinema Paradiso and Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate, is up for a best actor Nastro for his role as troubled Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona in Marco Risi’s Maradona, la mano de Dio / Maradona, the Hand of God, while Laura Morante is in the running for best actress for her performance as Lambert Wilson’s unhappy fiancee in Alain Resnais’ masterful Coeurs / Private Fears in Public Places (right). (Italian talent in non-Italian films is also eligible for the Nastri. In addition to Morante, other such nominees this year are composer Andrea Guerra for The Pursuit of Happyness and production designer Dante Ferretti for The Black Dahlia.) Additionally, Monica Bellucci is one of the best supporting actress nominees for N - Io e Napoleone / N.: Napoleon & Me; Italian superstar Kim Rossi Stuart is up for two Nastri, as best new director and as one of the screenwriters of Anche libero va bene / Along the Ridge; veteran Mario Monicelli is up for a Nastro in the best screenplay category for Le rose del deserto / The Roses of the Desert (along with co-writers Alessandro Bencivenni and Domenico Saverni); and another veteran, Ermanno Olmi, is up for a best original story Nastro for Centochiodi – reportedly the writer-director’s swan song. The 2007 Nastri d’Argento nominations were announced on April 16. Ninety-three narrative features and ten documentaries were eligible for the award. The winners will be announced at Sicily’s Teatro Antico di Taormina on June 23. The nominations for the Italian Academy’s David di Donatello awards will be announced next May 8.
SAG Awards to honor stuntpeople
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been reluctant to add another award category to its already long list not to mention its four-hour-plus telecast but the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has apparently found a way to honor stuntmen and women without adding many perhaps without adding any minutes to their televised ceremony.
SAG has just announced that it will honor this years outstanding performances by film and television stunt ensembles. The nominees will be announced along with all other nominees on Dec. 20, 2007, though the names of the winners will be made public prior to the televised 14th SAG Awards ceremonies on Jan. 27, 2008. In other words, stuntpeople will have their work recognized but it seems that they wont get up onstage to receive their trophy during the telecast.
As per the SAG press release, nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series will be chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees, each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States, randomly selected on April 25, 2007.
The entire active Guild membership will be able to vote for the winners.
Student Film Awards’ Honorary Award contenders
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that five finalists, selected from a record 49 entries representing 33 countries, will compete for the 2007 Honorary Foreign Film Award in the 34th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.
In June, the winning student filmmaker will be brought to Los Angeles to participate, along with U.S.-based Student Academy Award winners, in “a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards presentation ceremony on June 9 in Beverly Hills.”
All nominees are from European schools, three of which are German. According to the Academy press release, this is the first time a film representing Serbia has made it to the finals in the Honorary Foreign Film category. (Perhaps because this is the first time in nearly a century that a country named “Serbia” exists.)
The finalists are (listed in alphabetical order):
Fair Trade (right), Michael Dreher, Hochschule fur Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany. Fair Trade is set on the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates wealthy Europe from poor Africa. Last year, the film won the short film audience award at the AFI FEST in Los Angeles.
Land gewinnen / Gaining Ground, Marc Brummund, Hamburg Media School, Germany. Land gewinnen won a special award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Love, Death & Air Guitar, Lourens Blok, Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie, the Netherlands
Milan, Michaela Kezele, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia
NimmerMeer / Nevermore (top), Toke Constantin Hebbeln, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. In NimmerMeer, the life of a young fisherman’s son is changed by a small miracle at sea.
Several past winners in the Honorary Foreign Film competition have gone on to receive further Academy recognition. The 2005 winner, Ulrike Grote’s Ausreisser / The Runaway, was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category at the 78th Academy Awards. In 2002, Martin Strange-Hansen of Denmark won an Oscar for This Charming Man; he had won an Honorary Foreign Film award that same year with Feeding Desire. And in 2000 Florian Gallenberger of Germany won both the Honorary Foreign Film Award and the Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category with Quiero Ser.
Additionally, two previous Honorary Foreign Film winners, Jan Sverák of the former Czechoslovakia, and Mike van Diem of the Netherlands, have gone on to direct Oscar winners in the Foreign Language Film category. (Sverák won for Kolya in 1996; van Diem for Karakter in 1997.)
Tickets for the 34th Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony, at which the winning foreign student film will be screened in its entirety along with the other Gold Medal-winning films, are free and available now. To request a maximum of four tickets, call the Academy’s box office at (310) 247-3000 x130. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.