Herbig grabs another Bavarian Film nod


COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany's most successful director, Michael "Bully" Herbig has won this year's Bavarian Film prize audience award for his latest spoof, "Lissi and the Wild Emperor," organizers said Wednesday.

It will be Herbig's fourth Bavarian Film trophy, one of Germany's top film honors. It follows a best comedy win for Herbig in 2005 for "Star Trek" take-off "Dreamship Surprise" and an audience award and special honorary prize for his hugely successful Western-themed comedy "Manitou's Shoe" in 2002.

Readers of Munich's Abendzeitung newspaper, viewers of German TV film magazine Kino Kino and listeners of radio channel Bayern 3 all voted for "Lissi," a "Shrek"-style 3-D animated feature that pokes fun at the kitsch German "Sissi" films of 1950s.

Herbig's brand of comedy, which relies heavily on spoofing German television and pop culture, does not always travel well, but in his home territory he is the undisputed king. "Lissi" was the No. 1 German film of 2007, selling some 2.3 million tickets.

His latest project is a live-action adaptation of 1970s German-Japanese cartoon "Vicky The Viking."

Herbig will receive the award at the Bavarian Film prize ceremony in Munich on Jan. 18.