'Vincent Wants to Sea' Surprise Lola Winner
Tourette's Syndrome rom-com wins best film and best actor honors at German Film Awards.
BERLIN – Ralf Huettner's sleeper hit Vincent Wants to Sea was the surprise best picture winner at the 61st German Film Awards, Germany's version of the Oscars. Vincent, a
Florian David Fitz, whose better known as a TV performer here, won best actor for his starring performance in Vincent as a Tourette's sufferer who, once in his life, wants to see the ocean. Fitz also wrote the script to Vincent.
“I know what it sounds like: frustrated TV actor writes himself a handicapped role so he can win prizes,” joked Fitz as he hefted his Lola. “I promise, that's wasn't my intention ... But it worked.”
Unlike last year's Lolas, where Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon won 10 prizes, there was no sweep this year. The honors were spread wide.
Tom Tykwer won best director for his menage-a-trois dramedy Three, Tykwer's first German-language film in 10 years. Three star Sophie Rois also won Best Actress for her role as a 40-something woman caught between two men. Three also took the best editor Lola. (You can read THR's review of Three here.)
Yasemin Samdereli's immigration comedy Almanya took the runner-up best film silver Lola and Samdereli shared the best screenplay honor with her sister Nesrin Samdereli for their script, which they based on the real-life story of their grandparents' immigration to Germany. (You can read THR's review of Almanya here.)
Another big winner was Chris Kraus' period drama The Poll Diaries, which took home four Lolas, including one for best supporting actor Richy Muller.
Florian Micoud Cossen's powerful debut The Day I Was Not Born picked up two Lolas – for best score and the best supporting actress nod for Argentinian actress Beatriz Spelzini.
Veteran auteur Wim Wenders won documentary for Pina, his 3D dance film on the life and work of late choreograph Pina Bauch.
But the biggest applause of the evening was for screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, who received a lifetime achievement honor.
“A film script is a mixture of poetry and instruction manual,” said the still-active 80-year-old Kohlhaase, who recently finished the script to Dan Tang's German-Chinese co-production I Phone You. “We need people to tell stories, to give us hope. (This honor) both pleases and inspires me. And one needs both. Whatever age you are.”
A full list of 2011 Lola winners follows after the jump.
Winners of the 61st German Film Awards
BEST FILM IN GOLD
Vincent Wants To Sea
Dir. Ralf Huettner
BEST FILM IN SILVER
Dir. Yasemin Samdereli
BEST FILM IN BRONZE
If Not Us, Who?
Dir. Andres Veiel
Tom Tykwer for Three
Sophie Rois for Three
Florian David Fitz for Vincent Wants To Sea
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Beatriz Spelzini for The Day I Was Not Born
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Richy Muller for The Poll Diaries
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Pina Dir. Wim Wenders
BEST CHILDREN'S FILM
Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer
Dir. Arne Birkenstock
Nesrin Samdereli, Yasemin Samdereli for Almanya
Daniela Knapp for The Poll Diaries
Mathilde Bonnefoy for Three
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Silke Buhr for The Poll Diaries
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Gioia Raspe for The Poll Diaries
Kitty Kratschke and Heike Merker for Goethe!
BEST FILM SCORE
Matthias Klein for The Day I Was Not Born
Matthias Klein The Day I Was Not Born
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Ansgar Frerich, Sabine Panossian, and Niklas Kammertons for Pianomania