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No 'Fairytale' for Lolas

COLOGNE, Germany — Soenke Wortmann's hit documentary "Germany. A Summer Fairytale" will not be eligible for the country's top film prize, the Lola, organizers said Thursday. Germany's film academy ruled Thursday that "Fairytale" may not compete in the documentary category because it has already screened on TV. Distributor Kinowelt and German broadcaster WDR, one of the producers, had lobbied to make an exception for the World Cup documentary, which has earned more than $30 million at the boxoffice here.

'Lost' in Monaco

PARIS — Organizers said Thursday that U.S. entries "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" will compete for the best drama prize at next year's Monte Carlo Television Festival. Festival CEO David Tomatis said that the Producers Guild of America also has chosen "Curb Your Enthu-siasm," "Weeds" and "My Name Is Earl" to compete in the best comedy section. The festival takes place June 10-14 in Monaco. Winners for best international producer, European producer, actor and actress will be announced June 14.

Key unlocks Popoli nod

ROME — French director Hormuz Key took home the best film prize in the international documentary competition section of the 47th Festival dei Popoli for "La Vie Est Une Goutte Suspendue" (Life Is Like a Suspended Drop), organizers said Thursday. "Babooska," from Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, won the Italian competition. "La Vie Est Une Goutte Suspendue" tells the story of Key's relationship with an aging diabetic philosophy professor. "Babooska" is a documentary about the story of a young acrobat as illustrated in a provincial newspaper.