'The Robber' Leads Austrian Film Awards

Benjamin Heisenberg's story of about a marathon runner/bank robber scooped seven nominations.


COLOGNE, Germany – Director Benjamin Heisenberg's The Robber, about a marathon running bank robber, outpaced the competition taking seven nominations to lead the pack for this year's Austrian Film Awards.

A ways behind -- with four nominations each -- were Jessica Hausner's look at doubt and faith in Lourdes and Oskar Roehler's controversial Jud Suss -- Rise and Fall about the making of the Nazi's most notorious anti-Semitic propaganda film. But Jew Suss was snubbed in the best film and best director categories.

Competing against The Robber and Lourdes for best Austrian film is Andreas Prochaska's local box-office hit Die unabsichtliche Entfuehrung der Frau Elfriede Ott (The unintended kidnapping of Frau Elfriede Ott) while Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel received a best directing nom for their circus-set drama La Pivellina.

The Austrian Film Academy will announce the winners in Vienna on Jan. 29.