‘John Rabe’ tops Germany’s Lolas
Nanking Massacre story takes home four awards
By Scott Roxborough
April 24, 2009, 03:55 PM ET
Lolas gravitate toward boxoffice flops
BERLIN — “John Rabe,” Florian Gallenberger’s true story of “China’s Oskar Schindler,” was the big winner of the 2009 German Film Awards, winning four Lolas, including best film.
The story of John Rabe, a German businessman who saved 200,000 Chinese civilians from the Nanking Massacre of 1937, also won Lolas for star Ulrich Tukur, art direction, and costume design.
“John Rabe” has been a flop at the German boxoffice. But its trophy haul Friday night may give the film another chance and put the movie in pole position for next year’s foreign-language Oscar race.
Andreas Dresen got the best director nod for his unlikely hit “Cloud 9,” a tragicomedy about love and sex for the 60-plus generation. “Cloud 9” picked up two more Lolas, for best actress Ursula Werner and a bronze statuette in the best film race.
Uli Edel’s Oscar-nominated terrorist drama “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” however, despite being the most commercially successful of the best film nominees, went home empty handed.
“Chiko” a coming-of-age gangster tale set in the mean streets of Turkish-flavored Hamburg, missed out on the top prize but took home Lolas for best editing and screenplay.
Family melodrama “A Year Ago in Winter,” from Oscar winner Caroline Link, took the runner-up silver best film Lola as well as the film music nod for composer Niki Reiser.
Phillip Stolzl’s mountain-climbing drama “North Face” took home two Lolas, for cinematography and sound design.
Sophie Rois won the best supporting actress Lola for her performance in Ina Weiss’ “The Architect” while the supporting actor nod went to Andreas Schmidt for his role in the comedy “Fleisch ist mein Gemuse” (Meat is my vegetables).
Niko von Glasow won the documentary Lola for “NoBody’s Perfect,” in which he finds 11 people who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide and who agree to pose naked for an art calendar.”Nothing Else Matters” from director Julia von Heinz won the Lola for best children or youth film.
The full list of winners follows:
“John Rabe,” Florian Gallenberger
Andreas Dresen, “Cloud 9”
Ursula Werner, “Cloud 9”
Ulrich Tukur, “John Rabe”
“NoBody’s Perfect,” Niko von Glasow
Best children’s or youth film
“Nothing Else Matters,” Julia von Heinz
Ozgur Yildirim, “Chiko”
Best supporting actress
Sophie Rois, “The Architect”
Best supporting actor
Andreas Schmidt, “Fleisch ist mein Gemuse”
Kolja Brandt, “North Face”
Sebastian Thumler, “Chiko”
Best art direction
Tu Ju Hua, “John Rabe”
Best costume design
Lisy Christl, “John Rabe”
Best film music
Niki Reiser, “A Year Ago in Winter”
Best sound design
Christian Bischoff, Tschangis Chahrokh, Heinz Ebner, Guido Zettier, “North Face”