25. April 2009

Screen International: Florian Gallenberger's epic drama JOHN RABE about the "Oskar Schindler of China" was the big winner at this year's German Film Awards, taking home four Golden Lolas, including for Best Film and Best Lead Actor for Ulrich Tukur.

JOHN RABE, a production of Hofmann & Voges Entertainment, EOS Entertainment and Majestic Filmproduktion, had its world premiere at a gala screening during this year's Berlinale and had received enthusiastic press reviews. It also picked up Golden Lolas for the Chinese production designer Tu Juhua and German costume designer Lisy Christl and is being released in China on April 29 with over 750 prints after a gala premiere in Beijing in the presence of the Chinese lead actress Zhang Jingchu, Japan's Teruyuki Kagawa, lead actor Tukur, director Gallenberger and producer Benjamin Herrmann. This will be the biggest ever opening for a German film in China - on a par with the release of the last James Bond film Quantum Of Solace - and the biggest international opening of all time for a German-language film.