Berlin (dpa) – The literary film adaptation of “Fabian or the Dog Walk” by director Dominik Graf is one of the favorites in the race for the German Film Prize with ten nominations.

The title was nominated, among others, for best feature film as well as for direction and screenplay, as announced Thursday by the German Film Academy in Berlin.

The model is Erich Kästner’s 1931 novel about Berlin during the Weimar Republic.

Award ceremony in Berlin

The film prize will be awarded on October 1 at the Berlin Exhibition Center. A second film adaptation was also nominated. “Schachnovelle” by director Philipp Stölzl is offered in seven categories. The film, which is still in theaters, was nominated as Best Feature for the Golden Lola, among others.

In total, six films are offered in this category – in addition to the two book adaptations, there is the comedy “I am your human” about the love of a robot, the film “Curveball – We make the truth” and the political dramas “And tomorrow the whole world” And “I am Karl”. Academy director Ulrich Matthes and State Minister for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU) presented the list.

Members of the cinema academy vote

The film award is considered the most important national award in the industry. It has nearly three million euros for new projects. Due to the pandemic, there was not a big awards ceremony with many guests last year. The drama “Systemsprenger” was awarded as the best film from a television show.

The 2,000 or so members of the cinema academy are now voting for many laureates. Saskia Rosendahl (“Fabian”), Maren Eggert (“I am your person”) and Luna Wedler (“I am Karl”) compete in the category “Best female lead”. Rosendahl just won an award at the Locarno Festival, Eggert was honored at this year’s Berlinale.

Eggert’s film partner – actor Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) – was also nominated for an award. He embodies a humanoid robot. Also in the running for Best Male Leading Role, Oliver Masucci (as filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder in “Enfant Terrible”) and Jannis Niewöhner, who plays a right-wing extremist in “Je suis Karl”.

Honorary Award for Senta Berger

In the case of two prizes, it is already clear who will receive them. Actress Senta Berger received the honorary award for outstanding service to German cinema. The award for the most popular film goes to the comedy “Nightlife”. There were also several nominations for the science fiction film “Tides”. Daniel Brühl’s first film, “Nebenan”, on the other hand, received only one nomination, for best sound design.

Because theaters have been closed for months due to the pandemic and so many films are starting late, this time the film award will not be awarded in the spring, as usual, but in the fall.