Ruben Östlund’s “The Square” dominated the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, winning six prizes: European Film, European Director, European Actor (Claes Bang), European Comedy, European Production Design, European Screenwriter. Östlund took to the stage several times, explaining how he wanted his film to tackle serious issues but still be “wild, entertaining and exciting.” He also thanked his breakout star Claes Bang for adding so much to the screenplay.
The European Film Academy is often predictive of the eventual Foreign-Language Oscar: Recent winners include “Ida,” “The Great Beauty” and “Amour.” On the other hand, last year’s winner went to “Toni Erdmann” while Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” took home the Oscar.
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” took home awards for European Composer and Cinematography.
Alexandra Borbely won European Actress for Hungarian Oscar submission “On Body and Soul,” also tipped as a strong Oscar contender. “Loving Vincent” won European Animated Film.
Angry French actress-writer-director Julie Delpy took advantage of her Lifetime Achievement in World Cinema Award to announce that at the awards dinner she would sell raffle tickets and auction off parts in her next movie “My Zoe” starring Daniel Bruhl after losing a key piece of gap financing from an investor who called her an “emotional” filmmaker. She still has to raise $600,000, she said. “I will not give up surviving in this business,” she said. “I will make this film!”
A group of women from the UK, Polan,d and Sweden announced to the receptive crowd that the global #metoo movement and women’s liberation knows no borders.
At the start of the evening, the President of the European Film Academy, German auteur Wim Wenders, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the EFA, gave an eloquent speech against growing European nationalism. “Why do they look for its future in its rotten past?” he asked. “Europe is not the problem. Europe is the solution…We the film family are in the perfect position to make a difference.”
He asked young filmmakers to “take over the struggle and make it yours, and push Europe and its common language — cinema — into the future. Long live our rich and free European cinema!”
See all the winners below:
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
“Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe”
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – PRIX FIPRESCI
“Lady Macbeth,” dir: William Oldroyd
Alexandra Borbely, On Body And Soul
Claes Bang, The Square
Communion, dir: Anna Zamecka
Ruben Östlund, The Square
Ruben Östlund, The Square
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE
Loving Vincent, dirs: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
EUROPEAN SHORT FILM
Timecode, dir: Juanjo Gimenez
Michail Krichman, Loveless
Evgueni & Sacha Galperine, Loveless
Robin Campillo, BPM
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Josefin Åsberg, The Square
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER
Katarzyna Lewińska, Spoor
EUROPEAN HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST
Leendert van Nimwegen, Brimstone
EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER
Oriol Tarragó, A Monster Calls
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD