'Perfume,' 'Minutes' lead wide-open Lolas

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"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," Tom Tykwer's opulent story of a scent-obsessed serial killer, and Chris Kraus' low-budget drama "Four Minutes" received a leading eight nominations apiece for the Lolas, which honor the best in German films. Each earned noms in the best picture and best director categories (HR 3/19).

Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters," the true story of concentration camp inmates who were forced to forge money to help finance the Nazi war machine, collected seven noms. It missed out in the best director category but picked up a nom for Karl Markovics' star-making turn as a Jewish con man and expert forger caught between his conscience and his instinct for survival.

The best actor category will see Mar-kovics go up against two established German actors at the top of their games — Josef Bierbichler, for his caustic performance in Hans Steinbichler's "Winter Journey," and Juergen Vogel, nominated for "The Free Will," in which he plays a serial rapist trying to resist his urges.

Hannah Herzsprung proved she has successfully made the jump from TV to film with two Lola nominations — a best acting nom for her feature de-but in "Four Minutes" and a best supporting mention for her performance in "Life Actually." In the best actress category, she will face off with her "Minutes" co-star Monica Bleibtreu.

First-time director Marcus H. Rosenmueller's black comedy "Grave Decisions" received five nominations, including mentions for best picture and best director.

A complete list of Lola noms is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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