Lola Awards: '3 Days in Quiberon' Sweeps German Film Prizes

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'3 Days in Quiberon'

Emily Atef's black-and-white drama revisits the final interview given by Austrian film star Romy Schneider.

3 Days in Quiberon, a black-and-white drama from director Emily Atef that portrays the final tell-all interview given by legendary Austrian actress Romy Schneider before her death, was the big winner at the 2018 German Film Awards, the Lolas, picking up seven honors, including best film and best director.

Best actress was a head-to-head race between Marie Baumer, playing Schneider in Quiberon, and Diane Kruger, who was nominated for In the Fade, the role that won her the best actress prize in Cannes last year. In the end, the German academy picked Baumer, who was moved to tears, dabbing at her running mascara as she accepted the Lola from her Quiberon co-star Charlie Hubner.

Best supporting actress went to Austrian Birgit Minichmayr for Quiberon, in which she plays  Schneider's best friend, with co-star Robert Gwisdek winning best supporting actor for playing the film's (slightly sleazy) journalist. Gwisdek accepted the prize via video link from the hospital, where he was waiting for his partner to give birth. 

Best actor went to rising star Franz Rogowski for his role playing a forklift operator at a big-box supermarket in Thomas Stuber's romantic drama In the Aisles.

Unsurprisingly, as this was the first Lola awards in the #MeToo and Time's Up eras, organizers and presenters took the opportunity of the national platform to comment on the need for more action to confront sexism, harassment and abuse in the German film industry. As German academy president, actress Iris Berben, bluntly put it, "Any man who hasn't accepted the total equality of men and women: Your time is up. Get off the field. You can't play anymore.”

Beuys, Andres Veiel's portrait of Joseph Beuys, one of the seminal German artists of the 20th century, won best documentary and picked up the Lola for best editing. The best children's film honor went to Miracle Mountain from Tobias Wiemann.

In the Fade, Fatih Akin's legal thriller about a woman who turns to revenge after her family is killed in a neo-Nazi terrorist attack, was nominated for five Lolas but won just two, with Akin and co-writer Hark Bohm taking best screenplay and the film winning the runner-up honor.

Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto, a montage film featuring Cate Blanchett in multiple roles performing various manifestos as a series of monologues, was the surprise winner of three Lolas, for best production design, costumes and makeup.

Full List of 2018 German Film Award Winners

Best Film in Gold

3 Days in Quiberon, director Emily Atef

Best Film in Silver

In the Fade, director Fatih Akin

Best Film in Bronze
Western, director Valeska Grisebach

Best Director
Emily Atef, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Actress
Marie Baumer, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Actor
Frank Rogowski, In the Aisles

Best Screenplay
Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm, In the Fade

Best Supporting Actress
Birgit Minichmayr, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Gwisdek, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Documentary
Beuys, director Andreas Veiel

Best Children's Film
Miracle Mountain, director Tobias Wiemann

Best Cinematography
Thomas W. Kiennast, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Editing
Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtlander, Beuys

Best Production Design
Erwin Prib, Manifesto

Best Costume Design
Bina Daigeler, Manifesto

Best Make Up
Morag Ross, Massimo Gattabrusi, Manifesto

Best Score
Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Mass, 3 Days in Quiberon

Best Sound Design
Eric Devuler, Andre Bendocchi-Alves, The Captain

Lifetime Achievement Award
Hark Bohm

Most Commercially Successful Film
Bora Dagtekin, Suck Me Shakespeer 3