Caroline Link's Nowhere In Africa (Nirgendwo In Afrika), swept the board at the German Film Awards this weekend, winning in all of its nominated categories, including Lolas for best film and director.

Nowhere In Africa, the most successful German film so far this year with over 1.1m admissions, recently secured US theatrical distribution through Zeitgeist Films.

Nowhere's producer MTM Medien & Television Muenchen also hit the Lola jackpot with a Golden Lola for editor Hana Muellner for her work on Dominik Graf's Der Felsen (A Map Of The Heart).

The other big winner was comedian Michael "Bully" Herbig who picked up the two Audience Awards for German Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Manitou's Shoe (Der Schuh Des Manitu) as well as the specially-created Golden Lola "for outstanding single achievements in script, production, direction and as an actor in a double role".

The 52nd German Film Awards

Best Film
Nowhere In Africa

Runners Up
Grill Point (Halbe Treppe) and Heaven

Best Film
Black Box Germany (Black Box BRD)

Children's & Young People's Film:
Best Film
The Slurb (Das Sams)

Individual Achievement Awards
Lead Actress
Martina Gedeck (Mostly Martha)

Lead Actor
Daniel Bruehl (No Regrets, White Noise, Vaya Con Dios)

Supporting Actress
Eva Mattes (The Slurb)

Supporting Actor
Matthias Habich (Nowhere In Africa)

Best Director
Caroline Link (Nowhere In Africa)

Best Editing
Hana Muellner (A Map Of The Heart)

Best Cinematography
Gernot Roll (Nowhere In Africa)

Niki Reiser (Nowhere In Africa)

Special Prize
Michael "Bully" Herbig (Manitou's Shoe)

Honorary Award for outstanding services to German cinema:
Ottokar Runze.

Best Foreign Film
The Piano Player (Dir: Michael Haneke)

Audience Awards
German Film of the Year: Manitou's Shoe
Actor of the Year: Michael "Bully" Herbig