Nominations for German “Oscar” – Documentary about Iranian “Green Revolution” wins Grimme-Awar
Germany has its own "Oscar" award, which is called "Lola.” The selection to the German Movie Award 2011 has 16 categories and is carried out by the German Film Academy which was founded in 2003 andserves as the counterpart to the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The German Movie Award is quite remunerative, with 2.855 Million Euro given by the Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor/Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann.
The recently nominated titles in the category “Best fiction films” are “Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland” (director: Yasemin Sandrelli), “Drei” (Three / Tom Tykwer), “Der ganz große Traum” (Sebastian Grobler), “Goethe!” (Philipp Stölzl), “Vincent will meer” (Vincent Wants to Sea / Ralf Huettner) and “Wer wenn nicht wir” (If Not Us, Who? / Andres Veiel). In the category “Best documentary films” has been selected “Kinshasa Symphony” (directors: Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer) as well as Wim Wenders’ elaborate 3D-production “Pina.”
Already, the nominations for the best film, best documentary film, and best children's film have been awarded a total of 1.95 million Euro. The ceremony for the German Movie Award takes place in Berlin’s Friedrichstadtpalast on April 8.
The Grimme-Preis 2011 in which “exemplary and model-like” television programs are honored was already given on March 16 under the guidance of Germany’s Grimme-Institut. In the section "Info & Culture" one of five award-winners is "Iran Elections 2009" by director Ali Samadi Ahadi, broadcasted last year on Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and Arte. The stimulating documentary shows the Iranian protest movement from summer 2009 in a well-balanced multi-media combination illustrated also in a graphic-novel style the anonymous postings and online reports during that expressive time. Under the title "The Green Wave", the film has been shown since February 24 in German cinemas.
Lastly, business news: Benjamin Herrmann, acting partner of Majestic Filmproduktion and Majestic Filmverleih GmbH, purchased with retroactive effect to January 1, 2001, the interests held until that date by Odeon Film AG. This way Herrmann becomes sole owner. In order to concentrate on the production of fictional TV and cinema programs, Odeon spun off Majestic. Founded in 2006, Majestic is regarded as one of the most successful German independent film production companies and movie distributors with internationally well-known titles like "Cherry Blossoms – Hanami / Kirschblüten - Hanami", "North Face / Nordwand", "Der Knochenmann", "John Rabe", "Wüstenblume" or "When We Leave / Die Fremde". Majestic titles have brought until now about 3.5 m. visitors to German screens and gained eleven German Movie Awards. During Tribeca Film Festival 2011 in New York, Majestic’s new distribution title "Klitschko" will be celebrating its world premiere on April 24 in the section "spotlight" by the presence of the world most famous boxing-brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. In Germany, “Klitschko” will be released on June 16, 2011.
Andreas Wirwalski is a German free-lance journalist and author based in Munich. After an editorial department traineeship and some years as print and online editor at a regional newspaper in Northwestern Germany, he moved at the end of 2000 southwards to Munich running the "Cinema national" department for the trade paper "Blickpunkt:Film". Since 2005, he has been working free-lance for the trade papers "Filmecho/Filmwoche", "Videowoche", as PR attaché for Berlin's cross-media book & film agency A+K Agency, supporting the marketing department of the ARRI Group and other film companies. He also joined in 2009 the 16th edition of Stuttgart's Festival of Animated Film as PR attaché. His favorite topics are digital cinema, interaction between market and audience, connections between content and commerce, film history and social media.