DFFB alumnus Julian Radlmaier and his screenplay ‘Blutsauger’ has won the Golden Lola 2019 for the best unfilmed screenplay. At the reception of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (VDD) (German Film Critics Association) held during the 69th Berlinale, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Monika Grütters, awarded the prize to Radlmaier. The prize is endowed with a €10,000 award and is one of the most important prizes for screenwriters in Germany.
The jury praised the script – which tells the story of a fake Russian baron and the daughter of a real German factory owner who make a vampire film on the Baltic Sea in 1926 – as “extravagant, bizarre, and hilarious”. The script contains flamboyant dialogues that interweave with musings on social classes, creating parallels to the magic and corruptibility of cinema. We are very excited at the thought of this entertaining script being made into a film. The prizewinner is also entitled to subsidies of up to €20,000 for the realisation of the film.
We congratulate Julian Radlmaier – who also won last year’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino Kompagnon-Fellowship for the screenplay of “Blutsauger” – on this success!