'Baader Meinhof,' 'Rabe' share Bavarian prize

Caroline Link named best director for 'A Year Ago in Winter'

COLOGNE, Germany -- Uli Edel's 1970s terrorist drama "The Baader Meinhof Complex" and Florian Gallenberger's biopic "John Rabe" were the big winners at the Bavarian Film Awards, sharing the top prize for best film.

Produced by Bernd Eichinger, "Baader Meinhof" has already picked up a Golden Globe and a BAFTA film award nomination and is on Oscar's shortlist for best foreign-language film.

"John Rabe," the true story of the German businessman who saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians during the Rape of Nanking in 1937, will have its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

"John Rabe" stars Ulrich Tukur, who won the best actor prize at the Bavarian Film Awards on Sunday night.

Best actress went to Ursula Werner for her role as an elderly woman struggling between loyalty to her husband and the passion of a new lover in Andreas Dresen's "Cloud 9."

Caroline Link took best director for "A Year Ago in Winter," while the film's Karoline Herfurth took the best acting newcomer prize for her starring role as a young woman trying to come to terms with her brother's suicide.

The best new director award went to Jan Fehse for his ensemble drama "At Any Second."

Fantasy feature "Krabat" won best children's or youth film while best costume and set design went to period drama "Buddenbrooks."

German comedy king Michael Bully Herbig and Bavarian acting legend Franz Xaver Kroetz were awarded a special acting prize for their performances in Joseph Vilsmaier's adaptation of Bavarian classic "Brandner Kaspar."

Additionally, Til Schweiger added another trophy to his case when his hit comedy "Rabbit Without Ears" won the Bavarian people's choice award.