The Father, Florian Zeller’s disorienting and poignant dementia drama starring Anthony Hopkins, won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at this year’s European Film Awards – but was ultimately crowned Best Film by Quo Vadis, Aida? , a harrowing account of the calamitous UN attempt in 1995 to prevent the Srebrenica massacre.
Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić also won Best Director for the film – a pan-European endeavor involving 12 production companies from nine countries – while Jasna Đuričić won Best Actress for her performance as an embattled performer from the UN trying to save his family from ethnic cleansing. with other Muslims by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries.
Žbanić dedicated the film’s award to the country’s women and their peacebuilding efforts after the Bosnian war: “Women must always repair the damage caused by men. They taught us to turn destruction into love.
More film and stories from a women’s perspective would be needed in the future, she warned. “We need more complex stories to prepare our audience for the very complex times ahead.”
Hopkins was not present to pick up his Best Actor award, which follows his Oscar and Bafta for the film. He was remotely accepted by first director Zeller. For the second consecutive year, the awards ceremony took place as a virtual ceremony broadcast live from Berlin – where only the host, German actor Annabelle Mandeng, and a handful of presenters, winners and nominees were present in the studio for this 34and editing.
It was a lively and pragmatic occasion, low on the socio-political fire and the State of Europe talk seen in pre-Covid European Film Awards. But Mandeng hailed mainland filmmakers for “moving mountains” to make productions happen during the pandemic “Making movies in the time of Covid is an even bigger challenge. Making movies in a time when going to the cinema remains restricted is a big leap of faith,” she said.
British director Steve McQueen has won the award for innovative European storytelling – only the second time the European film academy has presented the award – for his anthology of five films about Britain’s Afro-Caribbean experience, Small Axe.
The award was presented to him by rapper Tricky and German musician Joy Denalane, who passionately advocated for its wider relevance. “The movies are set in London, but I saw my own German childhood experience there,” she said. “Structural racism and unconscious and conscious biases persist here and now in so many European countries.”
90-year-old Hungarian director Márta Mészáros, whose six-decade career encompasses pioneering genre-focused documentaries and bold New Wave-style feature films, won an award for her “original feminist progressivism” lifetime achievement. Denmark’s Susanne Bier – who graduated from Open Hearts in 2002, part of the minimalist Dogma movement, to Bird Box in 2018, via serial collaborations with Mads Mikkelsen – has been recognized for her European achievements in film global.
Titane, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes – the ultra-violent and controversial love fable by Julie Ducournau featuring a woman impregnated by a muscle car – was the big loser of the evening, walking away with only one prize for hair and makeup. Emerald Fennell’s black comedy #MeToo Promising Young Woman, an American-British co-production, won the Fipresci Critics’ Award.
The decision to switch to a streamlined virtual format with a minimal on-site audience was made on December 1, with cases rising rapidly across Germany and five days after the WHO announced Omicron as a variant of concern.
In a nice demotic touch, film clubs and theater groups across the continent – from Lisbon to the Finnish Arctic Circle – were invited to present the nominees for numerous awards. Only once did the dreaded virtual gremlins slip in: when top documentary filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s sound failed and he was forced to deliver his thanks in improvised sign language.
Complete list of rewards
Best film Quo Vadis, Aida?
Best Comedy baby ninja
European discovery (Fipresci Prize) Promising young woman
Best Documentary To flee
Best Animated Film To flee
Best Short Film My Uncle Tudor
Best Director Jasmila Žbanić, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Best Actress Jasna Đuričić, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Best actor Anthony Hopkins, father
Best Screenwriter Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father
Best Cinematography great freedom
Best Editing Unclench fists
Best Production Design Natural light
Best Costume Design Ammonite
Best Hair and Makeup Titanium
Best Original Score Great Freedom
best sound Innocents
Best Visual Effects Lamb
EFA Lifetime Achievement Award Marta Meszaros
European Achievement in World Cinema Susanne Bier
European Innovative StorytellingSteve McQueen
European Co-production Prize (Eurimages Prize)Maria Ekerhovd
European Young Audience AwardThe passage
European University Film AwardTo flee