Carlo Rola, who until now had mainly been one of the most active and well-known TV directors in Germany, received the prize for Best Direction at the 15th Tokyo International Film Festival (26.10.- 04.11.02) for his feature film SASS.
The film about the Berlin gangster brothers of the 20s had already been shown in the German Cinema section at the Berlinale 2002 and at the EuropaCinema -Viareggio International Film Festival 2002.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (T.I.F.F.) is one of the current twelve so-called "A-Festivals" on the list, which is published anew each year by the international producers association FIAPF.
The film CLASS TRIP (KLASSENFAHRT) by Henner Winckler received the Grand Prix Cinéma Tout Ecran for Best Direction at this year’s International Film & Television Festival „Cinéma Tout Ecran“ in Geneva (21.- 27.10.02).
CLASS TRIP, the debut film by the director, had already been shown in the Forum at the Berlinale, at the Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival as well as part of the German Panorama during the 18th Warsaw International Film Festival.
The goal of the „Cinéma Tout Ecran“ festival is to link the world of cinema with that of television and show qualitatively outstanding films produced by or for television on the large cinema screen.