'White Ribbon' tops Germany's Lolas

Michael Haneke's film takes home 10 awards

BERLIN -- "The White Ribbon" crowned a phenomenal year with a near-sweep of the 60th German Film Awards on Friday.

Michael Haneke's film took home 10 Lolas including best film, best director and best actor for Burghart Klaussner.

Hans-Christian Schmid's war crimes drama, "Storm," which debuted at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, picked up three Lolas, including the Silver Best Film nod, best editing for Hansjorg Weissbrich and the best score for the film music composed by German alt music stars the Notwist.

But the star of the evening was Sibel Kekilli, who won the best actress Lola for Feo Aladag's "When We Leave." Kekilli, who won the Lola for her debut in Fatih Akin's "Head-On" (2004) had nearly vanished from the German film scene. But her standout performance in "When We Leave," playing a German/Turkish woman trying to escape he abusive husband, marks a stunning comeback.

"I'm an actress. I want to work!" Kekilli said as she accepted her golden statuette from Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. Aladag also the Bronze Lola for her film debut.

Cameraman Christian Berger, who, like Haneke, missed out on the Oscar, was compensated with a Lola for his stunning monochromatic cinematography of "The White Ribbon."

Haneke's black-and-white drama has already won almost every prize out there -- from the Palme d'Or in Cannes to the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film.

The best line of the night came from 15-year-old Maria Victoria Dragus, who plays the ice-cold leader of children in "The White Ribbon." Accepting her best supporting actress Lola, she thanked her teachers for giving her the day off school to come to the show.

The best documentary Lola went to "The Heart of Jenin" from Ernst Ludwig Ganzert and Ulli Pfau. The film follows Ahmed Khatib, a Palestinian boy shot by Israeli soldiers whose father decides to donate his son's organs to Israeli children as a gesture of peace.

Justus von Dohnnanyi won best supporting actor playing a flamboyant pop singer in ensemble comedy "Men in the City."

The Lola for best children's film went to Christian Ditter's "Vorstadtkrokodile" ("The Crocodiles").

Bernd Eichinger, Germany's most commercially successful producer, whose credits include "The Name of the Rose" (1986), "Downfall" (2004) and "Perfume -- The Story of a Murderer" (2006) received an honorary Lola for his life's work.

The complete list of winners follows:

Best film -- Lola in Gold
"The White Ribbon"

Best film -- Lola in Silver
"Storm" director Hans-Christian Schmid

Best film -- Lola in Bronze
"When We Leave" director Feo Aladag

Best director
Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon"

Best actor
Burghart Klaussner for "The White Ribbon"

Best actress
Sibel Kekilli for "When We Leave"

Best screenplay
Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon"

Best documentary
Ernst Ludwig Ganzert, Ulli Pfau for "The Heart of Jenin"

Best children's film
Lena Olbrich, Christian Becker for "Vorstadtkrokodile"

Best supporting actor
Justus von Dohnnanyi for "Men in the City"

Best supporting actress
Maria Victoria Dragus for "The White Ribbon"

Best cinematography
Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon"

Best editing
Hansjorg Weissbrich for "Storm"

Best costume design
Moidele Bickel for "The White Ribbon"

Best set design
Christoph Kanter for "The White Ribbon"

Best makeup
Waldemar Pokromski, Anette Kieser for "The White Ribbon"

Best film score
The Notwist for the score to "Storm"

Best sound design
Guillaume Sciama, Jean-Pierre Laforce for "The White Ribbon"

Lifetime achievement award
Bernd Eichinger
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