13. März 2009

Munich, March 13, 2009. Of the 45 nominations for the German Film Awards 2009 ("Lola"), 18 went to theatrical feature films which are sold internationally by Beta Cinema. One of the most promising competitors is the EOS/Hofmann&Voges/Majestic-production JOHN RABE, the true story of a German manager who in 1937 saved about 250,000 Chinese during the Sino-Japanese War. JOHN RABE, which has already been honored with the Bavarian Film Award, garnered altogether seven nominations, among them Best Picture (Jan Mojto, Mischa Hofmann, Benjamin Herrmann), Best Director (Florian Gallenberger), Best Actor (Ulrich Tukur) and Best Supporting Actor (Steve Buscemi).
Philipp Stoelzl's mountaineering drama NORTH FACE was nominated three times (Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound), whereas NOVEMBER CHILD's lead Anna Maria Mühe will compete for Best Actress; the movie has also been nominated for Best Screenplay (Christian and Heide Schwochow). Irm Herman (A WOMAN IN BERLIN) and Rüdiger Vogler (EFFI BRIEST) are in the running for the Best Supporting Role. With its total value of about € 2.845 million, the German Film Award is the highest-endowed cultural award in Germany. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Berlin on April 24.

JOHN RABE (7 nominations)
Best Picture (Jan Mojto, Benjamin Herrmann, Mischa Hofmann)
Best Director (Florian Gallenberger)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ulrich Tukur)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Steve Buscemi)
Best Cinematography (Jürgen Jürges)
Best Costume Design (Lisy Christl)
Best Production Design (Tu Ju Hua)

NORTH FACE (3 nominations)
Best Cinematography (Kolja Brandt)
Best Production Design (Udo Kramer)
Best Sound (Tschangis Chahrokh, Heinz Ebener, Guido Zettier)

NOVEMBER CHILD (2 nominations)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anna Maria Mühe)
Best Screenplay (Christian Schwochow, Heide Schwochow)

A WOMAN IN BERLIN (2 nominations)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Irm Herman)
Best Sound (Manfred Banach, Christian Conrad, Martin Steyer)

EFFI BRIEST (2 nominations)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Rüdiger Vogler)
Best Costume Design (Lucie Bates)

LULU & JIMI (1 nomination)
Best Cinematography (Wedigo von Schultzendorff)

BERLIN CALLING (1 nomination)
Best Film Editing (Anne Fabini)