German critics go with 'Yella' for best pic

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BERLIN -- Christian Petzold's "Yella" was named the best film Monday night at German Film Critics' Awards here.

The director's psychological drama about a woman pursued by a violent past premiered last year at the Berlin International Film Festival, where star Nina Hoss won the best actress Silver Bear.

The film also took the cinematography award for cameraman Hans Fromm.

German critics also picked Maren Kroymann for its best actress prize for her performance in Angelina Maccarone's "Verfolgt." Ulrich Noethen took the best actor nod for his walk-on role as SS head Heinrich Himmler in the Dani Levy comedy "Mein Fuhrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler."

Pia Marais picked up the best debut film prize for her coming-of-age drama "Die Unerzogenen," and Ulrike Ottinger won best documentary for "Prater," which looks at the history of amusement parks.

The screenplay prize went to Matthias Pacht and Holger Buresch for their script to Alain Gsponer's "Das wahre Leben," Andrew Bird won best editor for Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" and Dieter Schleip won best soundtrack for the music to "Die Hochstapler."

The best experimental film prize went to Jan Peters for "Wie ich ein freier Reisebegleiter wurde," a mix of satire, documentary and fiction film that looks at the issue of German unemployment.
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