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Saturday, December 12, 2015

28th European Film Awards Winners


So wasn't able to watch the awards ceremony but I'm able to catch the last awards, YAY!!!

Just watched three awards and was alright but I'm sorry that wasn't able to watch the complete show. Maybe later will find the video and will watch the serious nonsense darkish jokes of European (and more German) humor.

Talking about humor I agree that Roy Anderson "Pigeon" can be a comedy but definitively is a very dark comedy; still I'm glad won the Best Comedy award but to be completely honest, I liked better You, the Living than the Pigeon installment. Sigh.

Youth was an alright film for me, BUT has no comparison with Sorrentino' s master opus La Grande Bellezza; winning the top European award definitively is a huge honor, but believe Sorrentino's win with The Great Beauty was more deserving.  Sigh.  Still if you take a look at the European film nominees you will notice that almost all films won an award tonight as only Rams and Victoria left empty handed.  Nevertheless Youth is the BIG winner of the night.

There is no doubt Charlotte Rampling winning European Best Actress improves her odds to win more awards like the BAFTA's, Globes and even the Oscars; don't think that Michael Caine win could mean something in other awards with the exception of perhaps the BAFTA's.  Another European award winning film that could improve its odds is Amy in the documentary category of British and American awards.

Winners are in *BLUE.



European Film
En duva satt på en gren och funderade över tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), Roy Andersson, Sweden, France, Germany and Norway
Hrútar (Rams), Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland and Denmark
Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France, Germany and Turkey
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, UK, Ireland, Greece, France, and Netherlands
Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany
*Youth, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy France, UK and Switzerland

European Comedy
*En duva satt på en gren och funderade över tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), Roy Andersson, Sweden, France, Germany and Norway
La famille Bélier (The Belier Family), Eric Lartigau, France
Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), Jaco van Dormael, Belgium, France and Luxembourg

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI
Ich Seh Ich Seh (Goodnight Mommy), Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria
Im Sommer Wohnt er Unten (Summers Downstairs), Tom Sommerlatte, Germany and France
Limbo, Anna Sofie Hartmann, Germany and Denmark
*Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France, Germany and Turkey
Slow West, John Maclean, New Zealand and UK

European Animated Film
Adama, Simon Rouby, France
Shaun the Sheep The Movie, Richard Starazk and Mark Burton, UK and France
*Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France and Luxembourg

European Documentary
A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister, UK
*Amy, Asif Kapadia, UK
Dancing with Maria, Ivan Gergolet, Italy, Argentina and Slovenia
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Norway and Indonesia
Toto Si Surorile Lui (Toto and His Sisters), Alexander Nanau, Romania and Hungary

European Director
Roy Anderson for En duva satt på en gren och funderade över tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), Sweden, France, Germany and Norway
Yorgos Lanthimos for The Lobster, UK, Ireland, Greece, France and Netherlands
Nanni Moretti for Mia Madre (My Mother), Italy and France
Sebastian Schipper for Victoria, Germany
*Paolo Sorrentino for Youth, Italy, France, UK and Switzerland
Małgorzata Szumowska for Ciało (Body), Poland

European Actress
Margherita Buy in Mia Madre (My Mother), Nanni Moretti, Italy and France
Laia Costa in Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany
*Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, UK
Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina, Alex Garland, UK
Rachel Weisz in Youth, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, France, UK and Switzerland

European Actor
*Michael Caine in Youth, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, France, UK and Switzerland
Tom Courtenay in 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, UK
Colin Farrell in The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, UK, Ireland, Greece, France and Netherlands
Christian Friedel in Elser (13 Minutes), Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany
Vincent Lindon in La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man), Stéphane Brizé, France

European Screenwriter
Roy Anderson for En duva satt på en gren och funderade över tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence), Roy Andersson, Sweden, France, Germany and Norway
Alex Garland for Ex Machina, Alex Garland, UK
Andrew Haigh for 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, UK
Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu for Aferim!, Radu Jude, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic
*Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, UK, Ireland, Greece, France and Netherlands
Paolo Sorrentino for Youth, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, France, UK and Switzerland

European Short Film
Çevirmen (The Translator), Emre Kayiş, UK and Turkey, 23' Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
Dissonance, Till Nowak, Germany, 17' Berlin Short Film Nominee
El Corredor (The Runner), José Luis Montesinos, Spain, 12' Valladolid Short Film Nominee
E.T.E.R.N.I.T., Giovanni Aloi, France, 11' Venice Short Film Nominee
Field Study, Eva Weber, UK, 20' Cork Short Film Nominee
Fils du Loup (Son of the Wolf), Lola Quivoron, France, 23' Locarno Short Film Nominee
Kung Fury, David Sanberg, Sweden, 30' Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
Kuuntele (Listen), Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni, Denmark and Finland, 13' Tampere Short Film Nominee
Naše Telo (Our Body), Dane Komljen, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina, 14' Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
Over, Jörn Threlfall, UK, 13' Bristol Short Film Nominee
*Piknik (Picnic), Jure Pavlović, Croatia, 13' Drama Short Film Nominee
Smile, and the World Will Smile Back, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh and the Al-Haddad family, Israel and Palestine, 20' Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
Symbolic Threats, Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Matthias Wermke, Germany, 15' Grimstad Short Film Nominee
This Place We Call Our Home, Thora Lorentzen and Sybilla Tuxen, Denmark, 30' Krakow Short Film Nominee
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, Greece, 24' Ghent Short Film Nominee

Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award: Martin Gschlacht for Ich Seh Ich Seh (Goodnight Mommy), Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria
European Editor: Jacek Drosio for Ciało (Body), Małgorzata Szumowska, Poland
European Production Designer: Sylvie Olivé for Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), Jaco van Dormael, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
European Costume Designer: Sarah Blekinsop for The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, UK, Ireland, Greece, France and The Netherlands
European Composer: Cat's Eyes for The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland, UK
European Sound Designer: Miguel Martins and Vasco Pimentel for As Mil e Uma Noites Vol. 1-3 (Arabian Nights, Vol. 1-3), Miguel Gomes, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and France

People's Choice Award for Best European Film: La Isla Minima (Marshland), Alberto Rodríguez, Spain

European Co-Production Award - Prix Eurimages: Andrea Occhipinti
European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Charlotte Rampling
European Achievement in World Cinema: Christoph Waltz
Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board: Sir Michael Caine

To check info about each winner go to official site here.

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11/7/15
A few moments ago the European Film Academy (EFA)announced the nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards (#EFA2015) at the Seville European Film Festival. This year my spontaneous first reactions is that EFA's belong to British Cinema as seems there are many British productions and co productions among the nominees.

There were fifty-two (52) films in consideration that you can check here so there is NO doubt about which films could get a nomination this year as there are many that in first look you could think were snubbed but then you see that they were NOT in consideration.

From the films in consideration, leading the pack is Youth by Paolo Sorrentino with five (5) nominations followed closely by A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson and The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos with four (4) each; next with three (3) nominations each Victoria and 45 Years.

In general tend to agree with the nominations but there are some unexpected snubs like for example, Miguel Gomes trilogy, Alanté Kavaïté's The Summer of Sangaile, George Ovshvili's Corn Island and more films that have been honored with multiple awards in the festival circuit. But we know that the list is a distill from the many films in a year that I believe was great for world and European cinema so the list indeed has some of the best in the world.

What follows is the list with all the categories, those announced today and also, the ones announced before today.  If you wish to check the first -already announced- EFA awards go here for The Jury Awards.

The more than 3,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on 12 December in Berlin.

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