The Bavarian Film Awards are being presented today. Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali will be named best young actors for their role as Milli Vanilli – and perhaps there will be another prize.
In the film “Girl You Know It’s True” Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali play the pop duo Milli Vanilli – now there is a Bavarian Film Prize for both of them. The State Chancellery in Munich announced that the actors were recognized as the best young actors.
“With their rousing passion, their soaring energy and their touching sensitivity, they bring the disco-pop duo Milli Vanilli to life once again and take their audience on this excessive adventure journey full of gigantic stage performances and into the painful immersion into the abyss of show business,” the jury explained the decision.
The two share the prize, worth a total of 10,000 euros. It will become clear later in the evening whether the film will win the main prize. “Girl You Know It’s True” is nominated, as are “Die Mittagsfrau” and “Rickerl – Music is at most a hobby”.
A special guest was Veronica Ferres. At the beginning she walked the red carpet with Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and was later to receive the honorary award for her life’s work from him.
The acting awards went to Hannah Herzsprung (“15 Years”) and Stefan Gorski (“A Whole Life”). The family film “Checker Tobi and the Journey to the Flying Rivers” won in the Family Entertainment category. Alireza Golafshan won the directing award with the comedy “Fifty Fifty”.
Former “Tatort” investigator Aylin Tezel received the Newcomer Directing Award for her directorial debut “Falling into Place”; a romantic film in which she also stars. Bayan Layla was the best young female actress. In the film “Elaha” she plays a German-Kurdish woman who is soon to get married. But there is a problem: she is no longer a virgin.
The jury awarded the documentary film prize to Steffi Niederzoll for “Seven Winters in Tehran”. Martin Rauhaus received the screenplay prize for the sensitive marriage drama “Do you know” with Senta Berger and Günther Maria Halmer, who want to fight against forgetting in old age with a miracle pill.
The Bavarian Film Prize has been awarded since 1979. The selection is made by an independent jury of experts. A total of 300,000 euros in prize money will be awarded.
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