'John Rabe' leads Germany's Lola noms

Nominations include best film, director

BERLIN -- "John Rabe," a historic biopic about the German businessman who saved 200,000 Chinese civilians from the Nanking massacre, is the front-runner for this year's German Film Awards -- or Lolas -- with seven nominations.

The film's nominations include best film, best director for Florian Gallenberger and a best actor mention for star Ulrich Tukur.

Steve Buscemi also picked up a nomination as best supporting actor for his role as an idealistic American doctor who helps Rabe. It is one of the few Lola nominations ever given to a non-German actor.

Uli Edel's Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated terrorist drama "The Baader Meinhof Complex" picked up four Lola noms, including best film and best actress for Johanna Wokalek.

"Chiko," a gangster movie by first-time director Ozgur Yildirim, surprised many by nabbing a best film nom along with ones for Yildirim's screenplay, lead actor Denis Moschitto and editor Sebastian Thumler.

Other best film nominees include family drama "A Year Ago in Winter" from Oscar-winner Caroline Link, Christian Petzold's "Jerichow" and the sex-over-60 dramedy "Cloud 9" from Andreas Dresen.

Veteran actor Josef Bierbichler received a best actor nom for his restrained performance as a thoughtful painter in "A Year Ago in Winter."

Anna Maria Muhe, the daughter of late actor Ulrich Muhe ("The Lives of Others") was nominated in the best actress category for her double role as mother and daughter in Christian Schwochow's "November Child." Ursula Werner picked up a nom in the same category for her starring role in "Cloud 9."

The winners of the 2009 Lolas will be announced April 24 in Berlin.

A list of nominees follows:

Best film
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" director Uli Edel
"Chicko" director Ozgur Yildirim
"A Year Ago in Winter" director Caroline Link
"Jerichow" director Christian Petzold
"John Rabe" director Florian Gallenberger
"Cloud 9" director Andreas Dresen

"Lenin kam nur bis Ludenscheid" director Andre Schafer
"NoBody's Perfect" director Niko von Glasow

Children or youth film
"Lilly the Witch" director Stefan Ruzowitzky
"Nothing Else Matters" director Julia von Heinz

Andreas Dresen for "Cloud 9"
Uli Edel for "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
Florian Gallenberger for "John Rabe"
Christian Petzold for "Jerichow"

Christian Schwochow, Heide Schwochow for "November Child"
Johanna Stuttmann for "A Hero's Welcome"
Ozgur Yildirim for "Chiko"

Anne Maria Muhe for "November Child"
Ursula Werner for "Cloud 9"
Johanna Wokalek for "The Baader Meinhof Complex"

Josef Bierbichler for "A Year Ago in Winter"
Denis Moschitto for "Chicko"
Ulrich Tukur for "John Rabe"

Supporting actress
Irm Hermann for "A Woman in Berlin"
Susanne Lothar for "Fleisch ist mein Gemuse"
Sophie Rois for "The Architect"

Supporting actor
Steve Buscemi for "John Rabe"
Andreas Schmidt for "Fleisch ist mein Gemuse"
Rudiger Volger for "Effi Briest"
Best Cinematography
Kolja Brandt for "North Face"
Jurgen Jurges for "John Rabe"
Wedigo von Schultzendorff for "Lulu & Jimi"

Anne Fabini for "Berlin Calling"
Peter Przygodda, Oli Weiss, Mirko Scheel for "Palermo Shooting"
Patricia Rommel for "A Year Ago in Winter"
Sebastian Thumler for "Chiko"

Set design
Christian M. Goldbeck for "Krabat"
Tu Ju Hua for "John Rabe"
Udo Kramer for "North Face"

Costume design
Lucie Bates for "Effi Briest"
Lisy Christl for "John Rabe"
Birgit Missal for "The Baader Meinhof Complex"

Film music
Element of Crime for "Robert Zimmermann is tangled up in love"
Annette Focks for "Krabat"
Niki Reiser for "A Year Ago in Winter"

Sound design
Manfred Banach, Tschangis Chahorkh, Dirk Jacob, Carsten Richter for "Krabat"
Manfred Banach, Christian Conrad, Martin Steyer for "A Woman in Berlin"
Tschangis Chahrokh, Heinz Ebner, Guido Zettier for "North Face"