Oldenburg fest goes for 'Distance'

Thomas Sieben takes prize for best German film

COLOGNE, Germany -- Thomas Sieben's dark drama "Distance" took the top prize for best German Film at 2009 Oldenburg Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday.

An unusual love story focusing on reclusive gardener (Ken Duken) who engages in indiscriminate acts of violence, "Distance" was the local stand out.

But the audience award went to an American film -- Judith Krant's globalization comedy "Made in China." The crowd-pleaser tells the story of an inventor of gag novelties who follows his American dream all the way to Shanghai.

"Made in China" swept the South-by-South-West Film Festival earlier this year, where it picked up the best film and special jury awards as well as the emerging woman award for director Krant.