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German Film Critics’ Awards Announced In Berlin

Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 15th, 2012

The 2012 German Film Critics’ Awards were handed out at a special ceremony in Berlin on Monday night during the Berlin International Film Festival. Germany’s film critics have picked STOPPED ON TRACK by director Andreas Dresen as the German Film Of The Year. The film is a harrowing but humorous look at a man dying of brain cancer, which also won its lead star Milan Peschel, Best Actor honors at the ceremony. STOPPED ON TRACK premiered in Cannes last year, where it won the Best Film Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. The social drama is screening at the Berlinale as part of the German cinema section Lola@Berlinale. Dresen’s latest, the political documentary HENRYK FROM THE BACK ROW, premiered Sunday in the Panorama Dokumente section.

Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated 3D dance film PINA won the film critics’ prize for Best Documentary. The portrait of the life and work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch had its world premiere at the Berlinale last year. Best Feature Film Debut honors and the Best Screenplay prize also went to a film that also premiered at last year’s event, the culture-clash comedy ALMANYA from director Yasemin Samdereli. She co-wrote the film with her sister Nesrin, basing the comedy on their family’s own experiences as Turkish immigrants to Germany in the 1950s. Other winners included actress Sandra Hüller, who won for her performance in Jan Schomburg’s ABOVE US ONLY SKY, the winner of the European Cinemas Prize at last year’s Berlinale; and Chris Kraus’ Baltic period epic THE POLL DIARIES, which won for best cinematography (Daniela Knapp) and best editing (Toni Froschhammer).

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