'Germany' can't score with Lola


COLOGNE, Germany -- Soenke Wortmann's record-breaking soccer documentary "Germany. A Summer Fairytale" will not be eligible for the country's top film prize, the Lola, organizers said Thursday.

Germany's film academy ruled Thursday that "A Summer Fairytale" could not compete in the Best German Documentary category because the film has already screened on German television.

According to the organization's rules, only films that haven't had a television release can compete in the Lolas.

Kinowelt, the film's distributor, and German broadcaster WDR, one of the producers, had lobbied to make an exception for Wortmann's documentary.

"A Summer Fairytale," which is still running in theaters here, aired Wednesday night on pubcaster ARD, where it drew an impressive 10.5 million viewers, or a 31% overall share.

A behind-the-scenes look at Germany's national soccer team at the 2006 World Cup, the film has already become the most successful documentary ever in Germany, selling almost 4 million tickets for a boxoffice take of more than $30 million.