“I want to stay where I’ve never been.” Director Andreas Kleinert tells of the life of the writer Thomas Brasch. His drama won several awards at the German Film Awards.

The drama Lieber Thomas won nine awards at the German Film Awards, including the Golden Lola for best feature film. Director Andreas Kleinert tells the story of the life of the writer Thomas Brasch (1945-2001).

The film received awards for direction and screenplay, among other things, as the German Film Academy announced on Friday evening in Berlin.

Albrecht Schuch, who plays Thomas, was honored as the best leading actor. The 36-year-old won his third Lola after “Systemsprenger” and “Berlin Alexanderplatz”. Actress Jella Haase was honored for her performance in “Dear Thomas” as best supporting actress.

Meltem Kaptan Best Actress

Two acting prizes were also awarded for performances in the drama “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush”: Meltem Kaptan was honored as best leading actress, Alexander Scheer for best male supporting role. The film by Andreas Dresen also won a silver Lola, while the bronze award went to “Große Freiheit”.

The German Film Prize is considered the most important national award in the industry. The awards are associated with a total of around three million euros for new projects. The money comes from the house of Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Greens).

The approximately 2,100 members of the German Film Academy voted on many of the award winners. A total of six productions were nominated for the best feature film – in addition to “Dear Thomas”, “Rabiye Kurnaz against George W. Bush” and “Great Freedom”, the comedy “Contra”, the episodic film “Beautiful” and the drama “Spencer” were proposed.

Honorary award to Jürgen Jürges

Cameraman Jürgen Jürges received an honorary award for outstanding services to German film. He has worked with directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Fear Eats Soul”), Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”) and Uli Edel (“Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”).

The children’s film “The School of Magical Animals” was recognized as the most popular film. Best documentary film was “The Other Side of the River”, best children’s film “The Path”. The Bernd Eichinger Prize went to Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach from the Berlin production company Komplizen Film.

Around 1700 people were invited to the award ceremony at the Berlin exhibition center. During the evening, the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine was recalled several times. Wladimir Klitschko sent a video message. Minister of State for Culture Roth also recalled the war. The evening was moderated by Katrin Bauerfeind.