Rationale would suggest that if a documentary breaks records, it would definitely be up for awards. This is not the case for Germany. A Summer Fairytale. The German film is the most successful documentary in Germany's history, taking in roughly $30 million from four million tickets. Part of its success is probably due to its timeliness. The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the German national soccer team from their days at boot camp to their third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup, which is definitely appealing to viewers and fans, especially since the Cup ended a mere 5 months ago.

The subject is even close to the heart of director Sönke Wortmann, who was once a professional soccer player himself. Why can't the soccer film be up for a German film award, otherwise known as a Lola? It is because the film has been screened on German television, and only films that have not had TV releases can compete. One of Fairytale's producers and the distributor had requested an exception, but Germany's film academy ruled not to grant one. It is an unfortunate blow for the film that was not only a huge success at the box office, but also had a 31% share for its Wednesday night showing on German television. Sadly, the German team not only lost the World Cup, but also their chance for a Lola.

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