Heroism of 'Rabe' rewarded


"John Rabe," Florian Gallenberger's true story of China's Oskar Schindler, earned four Lolas, including best picture, at the 2009 German Film Awards.

The story of Rabe, a German businessman who saved 200,000 Chinese civilians from the Nanking Massacre of 1937, also collected Lolas for star Ulrich Tukur, art direction and costume design.

"Rabe" has been a flop at the German boxoffice. But its trophy haul Friday might give the film another chance and put the movie in pole position for next year's foreign-language Oscar race.

Andreas Dresen got the best director nod for his unlikely hit "Cloud 9," a tragicomedy about love and sex for the 60-plus generation. "Cloud 9" picked up two other Lolas, for best actress Ursula Werner and a bronze statuette in the best film race.

Uli Edel's Oscar-nominated terrorist drama "The Baader Meinhof Complex," despite being the most commercially successful of the best film nominees, went home empty-handed.

"Chiko" a coming-of-age gangster tale set on the mean streets of Turkish-flavored Hamburg, missed out on the top prize but took home Lolas for best editing and screenplay.

The family melodrama "A Year Ago in Winter," from Oscar winner Caroline Link, took the runner-up silver best film Lola as well as the film music nod for composer Niki Reiser.

Phillip Stolzl's mountain-climbing drama "North Face" took home trophies for cinematography and sound design.

Sophie Rois won the best supporting actress Lola for her performance in Ina Weiss' "The Architect," while the supporting actor nod went to Andreas Schmidt for his role in the comedy "Meat Is My Vegetables."

Niko von Glasow won the documentary Lola for "NoBody's Perfect," in which he finds 11 people who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide and who agree to pose naked for an art calendar.

"Nothing Else Matters," from director Julia von Heinz, won the Lola for best children or youth film. (partialdiff)