'Jerichow' is German critics' pick

Karoline Herfurth, Elmar Wepper win acting prizes

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BERLIN -- "Jerichow," Christian Petzold's story of a love triangle gone bad, has won the prize for best film at the 2009 German Film Critics Award.

Petzold's cool tale of lies and deception premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and stars Benno Furmann, Nina Hoss and Hilmi Sozer.

Up-and-comer Karoline Herfurth won the best actress award for her portrayal of a girl dealing with her brother's suicide in Caroline Link's "A Year Ago in Winter." Veteran Elmar Wepper added a German Film Critics prize to his long list of honors for playing a grieving widower who travels to Japan to fulfill his dead wife's dream in Doris Doerrie's "Cherry Blossoms -- Hanami."

"Cherry Blossoms," which also won Wepper a Lola, Germany's top film prize, premiered last year in competition at the Berlinale.