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Comedy leads German Film Awards
Alles auf Zucker! director Dani Levy
Director Dani Levy received the Ernst Lubitsch prize in February
A light-hearted look at German Jews, Alles auf Zucker! (Go For Zucker!), leads the nominations in the country's equivalent of the Oscars.

The film is nominated in 10 of 15 categories at the German Film Awards, including best picture.

The film outshone box office hit Der Untergang (The Downfall) which picked up three nominations.

Alles auf Zucker! was originally produced in just 23 days as a TV film. The awards will be presented on 8 July.

Everyday focus

Alles auf Zucker! director Dani Levy, lead actor Henry Huebchen and actress Hannelore Elsner have all been shortlisted.

The comedy follows a hard-up Jewish man as he tries to convince his Orthodox brother that he is, in fact, kosher.

Bruno Ganz as Hitler (copyright Constantin Films)
Bruno Ganz is nominated for best actor in Der Untergang (The Downfall)

It has been praised by film critics and Jewish leaders alike for taking an everyday look at life in a country where films on Jewish themes have tended to focus on the Holocaust.

The film - which won the Ernst Lubitsch award for best German comedy earlier this year - has also been sold to more than 10 countries.

Other nominees for best picture are Agnes und seine Brueder (Agnes and his Brothers), Der neunte Tag (The Ninth Day), Der Wald vor lauter Baeumen (The Forest for the Trees), Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Educators) and Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl - The Final Days).

Nominations for Der Untergang (The Downfall), which prompted controversy with its attempts to humanise Hitler, included two nods for best supporting actress and a best actor nomination for Bruno Ganz.

Last year's German Film Awards were dominated by romantic drama Gegen die Wand (Head On), which won five prizes including best film.

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