Two Talent Awards for THE GARDEN
Prizes for MAGICAL MYSTERY and LOMO
Sonja Maria Kröner, Philipp Worm, Annika Meier, Tobias Walker, Julia Langhof und Thomas Gerhold
Today, Friday, June 30, upcoming German filmmakers were honored with the German Cinema New Talent Award at the 35th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. The jury – consisting of producer Verena Gräfe-Höft, producer Michael Weber and actor Edgar Selge – gave two of four awards to THE GARDEN: Sonja Maria Kröner won Best Director, Best Producer went to Philipp Worm and Tobias Walker.
In her debut film THE GARDEN, Sonja Maria Kröner paints a portrait of a German family in the 1970s in atmospheric images. In the hot, humid summer of 1976, the shared family yard becomes the scene of absurdly comic events. The jury explained their decision: "With her courageously leisurely pace, the director exposes the electrifying forces hidden under the surface of family structures."
Annika Meier won Best Actress for her turn in Arne Feldhusen's techno trip MAGICAL MYSTERY. "In a wild gaggle of whacked-out DJs from the techno scene, orbiting around the magnificent Charly Hübner, actress Annika Meier sticks out with her serious and straightforward performance," the jury said. "We were impressed by the determination with which she forces her relationship upon the dissolute Karl Schmidt AKA Charly Hübner."
Julia Langhof and Thomas Gerhold took Best Screenplay for LOMO - THE LANGUAGE OF MANY OTHERS, in which twins Karl and Anna are facing their final high school exams: Ambitious Anna knows exactly how she intends to live her life, while Karl devotes all his attention to his blog "The Language of Many Others", where he posts personal pictures of his own family, which tests his relationship to his father.
The German Cinema New Talent Award is one of the most important and valuable German young talent awards. Carrying a purse of €70,000, it is donated by Bavaria Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk and DZ Bank. All directors, writers, and actors screening their first, second or third film in the New German Cinema sidebar are eliglible. Producers can have made a maximum of six films to qualify.
THE GARDEN will be screened again on Saturday, July 1 at 5 pm in the Rio 2 and at 8 pm in the HFF Cinema 1 with director Sonja Maria Kröner attending.
LOMO - THE LANGUAGE OF MANY OTHERS will be shown at 10 pm in the ARRI, with award winner Julia Langhof attending.