German critics like 'Requiem' amid 'Others'


Germany's association of film critics has named Hans-Christian Schmid's exorcism drama "Requiem" best German film of the past year, but it was the Oscar-nominated "The Lives of Others" that cleaned up with a total of four critics awards Tuesday.

"Requiem" star Sandra Huller picked up the best actress award for her harrowing portrayal of a young woman possibly possessed by demons.

Huller, who stars in the Berlin International Film Festival Forum entry "Madonnas," won the Berlinale Silver Bear last year for her "Requiem" performance.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck added to his trophy case for "Others," winning the best first film prize.

"Others" won three other critics awards: Star Ulrich Muehe took the best actor nod, while best editing went to Patricia Rommel and best cinematography to Hagen Bogdanski.

German critics gave the screenplay prize to Wolfgang Kohlhaase for his script to Andreas Dresen's "Summer in Berlin." The best documentary was a tie between Veit Helmer's Hollywood casting docu "Behind the Couch" and Sonke Wortmann's "Germany: A Summer's Fairytale," a behind-the-scenes look at the 2006 World Cup.