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Pre-war drama 'Das weiße Band' sweeps German Film Prize awards

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Pre-war drama 'Das weiße Band' sweeps German Film Prize awards
Klaußner (left) and Haneke clutch their Lolas. Photo: DPA
09:52 CEST+02:00
The film "Das weiße Band" was the big winner at Friday night's German Film Prize awards, taking 10 of the statues including those for best film, best director and best script.

Director Michael Haneke's tale of a series of mysterious accidents in a northern German town before World War I missed out on an Oscar earlier this year, but has already collected the Golden Palme in Cannes, the European Film Prize and a Golden Globe.

The film, called "The White Ribbon" in translation, was nominated for Best Foreign Language film and Best Cinematography Oscars but its makers left empty-handed.

Now having picked up a row of German Film Prizes – known as Lolas – Haneke told the audience at Berlin's Friedrichstadtpalast it was time for him to return to work.

He said little in his acceptance speech other than he was pleased the team had picked up so many prizes.

They collected Lolas for film, director, script, male lead actor, female supporting actor, camera, sound, production design, make-up and costume.

Maria-Victoria Dragus, the 16-year-old winner of the best female supporting actor prize, thanked, among others, her school for allowing her to take part in the film.

Lead actor Burghart Klaußner was awarded the prize for best male actor.

The other films nominated for the best film prize were Maren Ade's "Alle Anderen," Feo Aladag's "Die Fremde," Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen," Hans-Christian Schmid's "Sturm" and Sherry Hormann's "Wüstenblume."

One of the few prizes not to go to "Das weiße Band" was that for best female actor, which was awarded to Sibel Kekilli for her role in "Die Fremde," which takes so-called honour killings as its theme.

Bernd Eichinger was awarded the honorary prize for his work including "Der Untergang", or "The Downfall," and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, or "The Baader Meinhof Complex."

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