One-Take Thriller 'Victoria,' Period Drama '13 Minutes' Lead German Film Award Nominees

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'Victoria'

Oscar-winner 'Citizenfour,' a German co-production, receives three nominations for the country’s top film honors.

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria, a Berlin-set crime drama shot in a single, unedited take, leads the pack for this year’s German Film Awards, or Lolas, the local equivalent to the Oscars.

Victoria picked up seven Lola nominations on Thursday, including for best film, best director for Schipper and actor nominations for Laia Costa and Frederick Lau. The film premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where it won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic achievement for cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen. Adopt Film has acquired the title for the U.S..

Another Berlinale film, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic 13 Minutes about would-be Hitler assassin Georg Elser, also received seven Lola nominations, though it missed out on the big-ticket categories of best film and best director. Sony Pictures Classics has 13 Minutes for the U.S. Christian Friedel’s central performance as Elser, however, could be the man to beat in the best actor race.

The German film put forward (unsuccessfully) for the 2015 foreign-language Oscar race, Dominik Graf’s romantic period drama Beloved Sisters, picked up four nominations.

Also in the running for best German film this year are Giulio Ricciarelli’s 1950s drama Labyrinth of Lies, which Sony Pictures Classics picked up after its Toronto debut; Baran bo Odar’s slick hacker thriller Who Am I; Johannes Naber’s globalization satire Zeit der Kannibalen (Age of Cannibals) and We Are Young, We are Strong, a drama from director Burhan Qurbani based on a real-life attack in 1992, when an eastern German mob set fire to a building housing refugees.

Citizenfour, Laura Poitra's Oscar-winning documentary on Edward Snowden, picked up a total of three Lola nominations, for best feature documentary, best editing and best sound design. The film was a German co-production, and much of the editing and post-production was done in the country.

Unlike in previous years, there is no obvious favorite for the 2015 Lolas. The nominations showed a much broader range of genres and styles than is often the case at Germany’s top film prize.

The 2015 Lolas will be handed out in Berlin on June 19.

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