It's Lola time for 'Four Minutes'

Takes best film; 'Perfume' comes up big in tech categories

Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes" was the surprise winner of the Lola for best film at the 2007 German Film Awards held Friday night in Berlin (HR 5/7).

The story of an elderly piano teacher who trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary, "Four Minutes" beat out Tom Tykwer's opulent epic "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" for the top prize.

Veteran actress Monica Bleibtreu won the Lola for her tour-de-force performance as the piano teacher in "Four Minutes." Bleibtreu accepted the prize on her 63rd birthday and to a standing ovation from the crowd of German film professionals.

The other big surprise Friday night was "Grave Decisions."

A small, low-budget comedy shot in an almost-incomprehensible Bavarian dialect, "Grave Decisions" won four Lolas, including best director for first-timer Marcus H. Rosenmueller and the runner-up Silver Lola for best film.

"Perfume" also won a Silver Lola, but it was in the technical categories where Tykwer's tale of a scent-obsessed serial killer sniffed at the competition.

"Perfume" swept the technical awards, taking Lolas for Frank Griebe's cinematography, Alexander Brenner's editing, Pierre-Yves Gayraud's costume design and Uli Hanisch's sets as well as the golden statuette for best sound design.

Josef Bierbichler, a heavyweight of the German theater scene, won the best actor Lola for his caustic performance as an angry, beaten-down man in Hans Steinbichler's "Winter Journey."

In the supporting categories, newcomer Hannah Herzsprung won the best supporting actress Lola for her role in Alain Gsponer's drama "Life Actually," while Devid Striesow got the supporting actor nod for his role in Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters."

Michael Glawogger's "Workingman's Death," which explores the extremes of manual labor around the world, won the documentary prize.

The Lola for best children's film went to Detlev Buck's "Hands Off Mississippi," an adaptation of the novel by Cornelia Link ("Inkheart").

The Lolas, voted on by the members of the German Film Academy, are the country's most prestigious film awards.

A complete list of Lola winners is available at