'Invisible' appears on Oldenburg awards dais


OLDENBURG, Germany -- The 14th annual International Filmfestival in Oldenburg ended Sunday with the German Independence Award for best German-language film going to the Austrian entry "All the Invisible Things" by Jakob M. Erwa.

The director's first feature tells the story of a group of teenagers as they face rapidly approaching adulthood.

The jury, composed of actor Stacy Keach, producer Paul Thiltges, director Kevin DiNovis and journalist Brad Stevens, cited the young director's "maturity and technical virtuosity" as well as the film's spirit and passion in making their decision.

Jan-Hynrik Drevs "Underdogs," a drama about convicts training guide dogs inside a prison, was honored with the festival's German Independence Audience Award, while the Otto Sprenger Award for films from northern Germany continued the canine theme by going to Ben and Dominick Reding's visually haunting "For the Unknown Dog."

The German Independence Award and the Otto Sprenger Award are both endowed with €8000 ($11,087), while the Audience Award comes with a purse of €2000 ($2,772).