Best Actor will be this year Stefan Gorski for his role in “A Whole Life”. Equipped with an almost indestructible will to live, the character of Andreas Egger endures a lifelong, deprived path of passion, writes the jury. Gorski plays “this Man of Sorrows of the Alps with vibrant intensity and enormous versatility.” As Best Young Actress receives Miss Layla a Pierrot for her role in “Elaha”. The film about the self-discovery of a young woman in the post-migrant society thrives on the presence of the young actress Bayan Layla, writes the jury. Born and raised in Syria, she studied at the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding in the Prinzregententheater in Munich. “With great empathy, Bayan Layla gives the character both fragility and a quiet strength,” the jury’s statement continued. Best young actors become Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali for their roles as disco-pop duo Milli Vanilli in “Girl You Know It’s True”. The jury believes that with their rousing passion, their exuberant energy and their touching sensitivity they would bring the disco-pop duo Milli Vanilli to life once again.
The Camera price receives this year Daniel Gottschalk for “Home Sweet Home – Where Evil Lives”. The jury wrote that the cameraman allowed Maria to experience the horror of Maria, who was heavily pregnant in a lonely house, in a single tracking shot in real time. As Best movie becomes “Girl You Know It’s True” honored. According to the jury, he tells the story of disco-pop in a breathtaking tour d’horizon, in which the dramatic chords always resonate. Simon Verhoeven’s film draws the audience into a maelstrom full of passion.
The Directing Award the Bavarian Film Prize goes to Alireza Golafshan for the film “Alles Fifty Fifty”, which won the jury because of its wonderfully revealing wordplay duels. It goes on to say: “Alireza Golafshan unobtrusively and impressively stages this story of separation and reunion, of competition and togetherness.” The Newcomer Director Award receives actress Aylin Tezel for “Falling into Place.” As an actress, Tezel created an unusually honest main character, says the jury. But that’s not all. She wrote the screenplay, directed and co-produced the film, a tender film about life. The Documentary Film Award gets this year Steffi Niederzoll for “Seven Winters in Tehran”. The filmmaker and her team immerse themselves in a foreign culture and language with dedication in order to uncover the injustices of the Iranian legal system, writes the jury. The Screenplay Award receives Martin Rauhaus for “Do You Remember” about an aging couple. The jury wrote that Rauhaus managed to transform this life, which is entering the home straight and consists predominantly of hindsight, into a fascinating and at the same time highly emotional rollercoaster. The price in the category “Family Entertainment” goes to the megaherz GmbH for the film “Checker Tobi and the Journey to the Flying Rivers”.
It was already known in advance that Hannah Herzsprung with the distinction as Best Actress is honored and Veronica Ferres the Honorary Award receives. Herzsprung, “tender and delicate at first glance, develops a radical anger and force in front of the camera that sometimes thrills the audience, sometimes shocks them, but will definitely remain in their memory forever,” writes the jury about her role in ” 15 years”.