by Mark Rabinowitz
"The Full Monty" took home two European Film Awards, with wins for Best
European Film and a Best Film win in the People’s Awards category, the
latter being voted upon by international audiences. Miramax’s "The English Patient" was the other dual winner, garnering kudos for European
Actress of the Year (Juliette Binoche) and European Cinematographer of
the Year (John Seale). In the other acting award, Bob Hoskins took home
European Actor of the Year for upcoming October Films release
"TwentyFourSeven", while Chris Vander Stappen and Alain Berliner garnered
the European Screenwriter of the Year award for "Ma Vie En Rose".
The European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jeanne
Moreau (“The 400 Blows“, “Jules And Jim“) and the European Fipresci award,
voted upon by international critics went to Manoel De Oliveira, director
of “Viagem Ao Principio Do Mundo (Journey To The Beginning Of The World)“.
The Screen International Five Continents Award went to 1997 New York and
1998 Sundance Film Festival entrant “Hana-Bi” by Takeshi Kitano, and the
European Documentary Award went to Benoit Derveaux, Jean-Pierre & Luc
Dardenne for “Gigi, Monica….Et Bianca“.
The remaining two People’s Awards went to Jodie Foster for Best Actress
and Javier Bardem, for Best Actor.