26. April 2013

Berlin, 29. April 2013. Oh Boy, a low-budget black and white film from first time director Jan-Ole Gerster, has beaten the $100 million epic Cloud Atlas to win Best Film at the Lolas, Germany's version of the Oscars. This year the awards were set up as a David vs. Goliath battle between the epic Cloud Atlas with its cast of Hollywood stars -- including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant -- and Oh Boy, a low-budget drama from a first-time director.
In the end, it was a draw. Oh Boy took the top honors, including best film, best director for first-timer Gerster and best actor for star Tom Schilling, for his pitch-perfect performance as an aimless twenty-something wandering the streets of Berlin. Gerster also took the best screenplay Lola for his nearly plotless script, which plays out over a single day. Oh Boy's jazz-heavy soundtrack also snatched the Lola for best score (for singer/songwriter Cherilyn MacNeil and the band The Major Minors).