The Berlinale is just a memory by now but the red carpets have been cleaned and rolled out again tonight for the launch of one of Germany’s biggest film events – the Deutscher Filmpreis, or the Lola’s as they are more commonly known (think Academy Awards & Oscars). The awards have been running since 1951 and it is the most prestigious event in the German cinematic calendar, with approximately €3 million in cash prizes awarded to Lola winners.
As countdown to the awards, the freshly opened Wolf Kino in Neukölln will host ‘Lola and the Wolf’ from April 18th to 28th – screenings and Q&A sessions of nominated films in the lead up to the big night. Nominations across 16 categories were announced just a month or so ago and internationally acclaimed feature films such as 24 Wochen, Toni Erdmann and Wilkommen bei den Hartmanns are among this year’s nominees. In fact 24 Wochen is nominated in 4 categories, including best feature film, best script, best director and best actress for Julia Jentsch. Die Blumen von Gestern shares many of these category nominations too but swept the pool with 8 nominations in total including best feature film, best script, best director and best supporting actor for Lars Eidinger. Global fan favourite Toni Erdmann is also nominated in no less than 5 categories.
The lead up to the awards night will be action packed, with Haus Ungarn hosting ‘Lola Visions’ on April 22nd from 1pm. The event will include panels and workshops with nominees and industry experts throughout the afternoon, followed by a BBQ on the terrace at 8pm and a concert afterwards.
Germany’s glitterati will be out in force at the Palais am Funkturm on 28th April, with all the glamour and glitz of their Hollywood counterparts. in anxious anticipation to see who will take home their very own shiny Lola. The award-winning German-Iranian actress Jasmin Tabatabai will host the ceremony and of course Sofitel Ku’damm is once again thrilled to be an official partner of the Deutsche Filmpreis, hosting a pre awards show party at the hotel with many of the stars and nominees in attendance and plenty of freely flowing french Champagne of course.
Sofitel wishes the very best of luck to all of the nominees of the award ceremony, and our very best wishes for once a great 2017 festival to the Deutschen Filmakademie and the team behind the Deutscher Filmpreis.