Saturday, December 10, 2016

29th European Film Awards Winners

Very long and highly tiring awards ceremony but finally is over. Sigh. To be fair there were some very funny moments but speeches were too-long/too-much.

I'm not surprised Toni Erdmann swept the awards but in all fairness was wondering if European Academia will follow Cannes or film critics and seems went with film critics. Sigh.  Not that I mind as win is a milestone, is the first film by a female director to win the top award.  Bravo!

By the way is quite interesting to notice that is the second year in a row that a Swedish comedy wins Best Comedy and is kind of motivating me to check the films to see if they're my kind of comedy or not (I like mostly very black, dry, dead-pan comedy).

To check award winners at official site go here.

European FilmToni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany and Austria

European Comedy: En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove), Hannes Holm, Sweden and Norway
European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI: Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki), Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, Germany and Sweden
European Animated FilmMa Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini), Claude Barras, Switzerland and France
European Documentary: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France

European Director:  Maren Ade for Toni Erdmann

European Actress: Sandra Hüller in Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade
European Actor: Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade

European Screenwriter: Maren Ade for Toni Erdman, Maren Ade

European Short Film: 9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo, Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen, Netherlands, 12' (documentary) Bristol Short Film Nominee

A few days back the European Film Academy announced the first seven (7) award winners who will be honored tonight.  A special seven-member jury convened in Berlin to decide the winners in mainly tech categories:  cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, hair & make-up, composer and sound design.

The members of the jury were:
Benoît Barouh, production designer, France
Paco Delgado, costume designer, Spain
Martin Gschlacht, cinematographer, Austria
Dean Humphreys, sound designer, UK
Era Lapid, editor, Israel
Waldemar Pokromski, make-up artist, Poland
Giuliano Taviani, composer, Italy

European Cinematographer - Prix Carlo di Palma: Camilla Hjelm Knudsen for Under Sandet (Land of Mine), Martin Zandvliet, Denmark and Germany
European Editor: Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen for Kollektivet (The Commune), Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands
European Production Designer: Alice Nomington for Suffragette, Sarah Gavron, UK
European Costume Designer: Stefanie Bieker for Under Sandet (Land of Mine), Martin Zandvliet, Denmark and Germany
European Hair & Make-up Artist: Barbara Kreuzer for Under Sandet (Land of Mine), Martin Zandvliet, Denmark and Germany
European Composer: Ilya Demutsky for (M)uchenik (The Student), Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia
European Sound Designer: Radoslaw Ochnio for 11 Minut (11 Minutes), Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland and Ireland

European University Film Award:  I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, UK and France

People's Choice Award for Best European FilmCiało (Body), Małgorzata Szumowska, Poland Young Audience Award: Jamais Contente (Miss Impossible), Emilie Deleuze, France

European Co-Production Award - Prix Eurimages: Leontine Petit, producer, Netherlands
European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean-Claude Carrière
European Achievement in World Cinema: Pierce Brosnan, actor, Ireland
Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board: Andrzej Wajda, director, Poland R.I.P.

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