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iW NEWS | “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “The Band’s Visit” Win Big at European Film Awards

iW NEWS | "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", "The Band's Visit" Win Big at European Film Awards

Christian Mungiu‘s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” from Romania, won the award for best European film and Mungiu won the best director award at the European Film Awards in Berlin tonight. The film, winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes this spring, is set for an awards qualifying run from IFC Films & Red Envelope Entertainment in the U.S. later this month. Sasson Gabai from “The Band’s Visit” won the award for best actor and the film was named European discovery of the year at the ceremony. It will also open for a qualifying run this month. Helen Mirren was honored as best actress for “The Queen.” Fatih Akin won the best screenplay award for “The Edge of Heaven” and the festival’s FIPRESCI critics prize went to Alain Resnais‘ “Coeurs.” Giuseppe Tornatore‘s “La Sconosciuta” won the people’s choice award at the ceremony. indieWIRE plans to publish a dispatch from the European Film Awards on Sunday. [Eugene Hernandez]

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