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BERLIN -- The Lives of Others, a gripping drama about the East German secret service, the Stasi, overthrew the competition Friday, winning seven Lolas, Germany's top film prize, including best film. First-time director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck took home the best directing Lola as well as the best screenplay statuette for his self-penned script. Ulrich Muehe won the best acting Lola for his portrayal of a by-the-book Stasi agent who begins to question the system he has dedicated his life to. Part thriller, part love story, part German history lesson, The Lives of Others is the most talked-about film of the year in Germany. Speaking after the awards, von Donnersmarck said in an interview that he hopes his Lola success will translate into greater international attention for the film.


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