Crime Pays for 'Frau Ott', 'The Robber' at First Austrian film Awards

Kidnapping black comedy and film about Austria's real-life marathon runner turned bank robber take top awards.


COLOGNE, Germany -- The black comedy Die unabsichtliche Entfuhrung der Frau Elfriede Ott (The unintended kidnapping of Frau Elfriede Ott) won the first ever Austrian Film Prize for best film.

Frau Ottalso won honors for best screenplay and best film score. Directed by Andreas Prochaskas, the feature follows two hapless crooks, who inadvertently kidnap one of Austria's most famous actresses – the eponymous Frau Ott.

Crime paid for The Robberas well. Benjamin Heisenberg won best director and Andrea Lust took the best actor not for the film about Austria's real-life marathon runner turned bank robber, "Pump Gun Ronnie". The Robber, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, also won the Austrian Film prize for best sound design.

Actress Barbara Romaner won best actress for playing the wife of composer Gustav Mahler in Mahler on the Couch, a period drama from Percy and Felix O. Adlon. The film also won for best costume design.