European Film Awards Handed Out (Live and Updating)

European Film Awards Handed Out (Live and Updating)

December 17, 2018

Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” and Joanna Kulig, the star of Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” won the prizes for best actor and actress, respectively, at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards, which is being hosted Saturday evening in Seville, Spain.

“Dogman” and “Cold War” are among the films that dominated the awards nominations, along with Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” and Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” all of which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Pawlikowski won best European screenwriter for “Cold War.”

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the USSR into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisers.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

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“Girl,” which represents Belgium in the foreign-language Oscar race and won four awards at Cannes, picked up the European Discovery prize. Damian Nenow and Raúl de la Fuente’s “Another Day of Life” won for best European animated feature.

“One thing that I learned from Ryszard Kapuściński, that we should stay together and stop looking at the world from west to east or from south to west,” de la Fuente said. “The meaning of life is crossing borders.” “Another Day of Life” world premiered at Cannes in the special screenings section.

The European Film Awards’s People’s Choice Award 2018 sent to Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.”

The European Film Awards audience paid tribute to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, an opponent of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government, who has been imprisoned by Russian authorities for several years on what critics allege is a trumped-up terrorism charge, and Russian helmer Kirill Serebrennikov (“Summer”), who is currently under house arrest and facing a trial.

French director Costa-Gavras received the Honorary Award from Wim Wenders, president of the European Film Academy, who praised Costa-Gavras for his uncompromisingly strong political voice.

Spanish actress Carmen Maura received the Lifetime Achievement award. Maura, whose career spans six decades, was a driving force in persuading Almodovar to shoot his first commercial feature, “Pepi, Luci, Bom and a Whole Lot of Other Girls.” Maura starred in most of his early films through to the Oscar-nominated “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

Ralph Fiennes will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema Award. Besides Wenders, the awards are being presented by Rossy de Palma, Ashraf Barhom, Amira Casar, Anamaria Marinca, Ivan Shvedoff and Tom Wlaschiha.

THE 2017 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS WINNERS (IN BOLD):

BEST EUROPEAN FILM

“Border,” Ali Abbasi
“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski
“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont
“Happy As Lazzaro,” Alice Rorhwacher

EUROPEAN COMEDY

“C’est La Vie,” Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
“The Death Of Stalin,” Armando Iannucci

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Ali Abbasi, “Border”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Matteo Garrone, “Dogman”
Samuel Maoz, “Foxtrot”
Alice Rorhwacher, “Happy As Lazzaro”

EUROPEAN ACTRESS

Eva Melander, “Border”
Joanna Kulig, “Cold War”
Marie Baumer, “3 Days In Quiberon”
Barbara Lennie, “Petra”
Alba Rorhwacher, “Happy As Lazzaro”
Halldora Geirhardsdottir, “Woman At War”

EUROPEAN ACTOR

Sverrir Gudnason, “Borg/McEnroe”
Tomasz Kot, “Cold War”
Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”
Victor Polster, “Girl”
Jakob Cedergren, “The Guilty”
Rupert Everett, “The Happy Prince”

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Ali Abbasi, Isabelle Eklof & John Ajvide Lindqvist, “Border”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso, “Dogman”
Alice Rorhwacher, “Happy As Lazzaro”
Gustav Moller & Emil Nygaard Albertsen, “The Guilty”

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – PRIX FIPRESCI

“Girl”
“One Day”
“Scary Mother”
“The Guilty”
“Those Who Are Fine”
“Touch Me Not”

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY

“A Woman Captured”
“Bergman – A Year In A Life”
“Of Fathers And Sons”
“The Distant Barking Of Dogs”
“The Silence Of Others”

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE

“Another Day Of Life”
“Early Man”
“The Breadwinner”
“White Fang”

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