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Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round was the big winner at the 33rd European Film Awards, taking best film, best director, and best actor for star Mads Mikkelsen who plays a day-drinking high school teacher in the Danish crowd-pleasing dramedy.
Vinterberg also won best screenplay for the feature, an honor he shared with co-writer Tobias Lindholm.
“This film was made in the most difficult time of my life,” said Vinterberg, referring to the tragic death of his daughter Ida in a car accident shortly after shooting on Another Round began. “It could only have been made with my friends and my family beside me.”
Mikkelsen, accepting his prize for best actor, dedicated it to Ida’s memory. “She shines in every frame of this film,” he said.
“She died during the making of the project. She was supposed to be a part of it. It was shot at her school, in her classroom,” Vinterberg said, accepting the best film honor,” adding that it only made sense to dedicate the award to her, as he has already done with the film itself.
Another Round, which has been a box office hit at home, where it was released in-between the first and second COVID-19 lockdown, is Denmark’s entry for the 2021 Oscars in the best international feature category and is considered a front-runner.
The 33rd European Film Awards were handed out via a virtual ceremony from Berlin Saturday, Dec. 12.
The best actress honor when to Paula Beer for the titular role in Christian Petzold’s love story Undine, a variation on the myth of water nymph Undine, who must kill every lover who leaves her.
Best European documentary went to Alexander Nanau for Collective, a furious look at hospital corruption in Romania, which is also an inside look at investigative journalism.
The European Discovery — Prix Fipresci for a work by a first-time director, went to Italian filmmaker Carlo Sironi for his debut Sole, a hard-hitting drama about a pregnant woman from Eastern Europe who comes to Italy to sell her unborn child.
Irish director and film historian Marc Cousins won the inaugural EFA Award for Innovative Storytelling for his groundbreaking, 14-hour documentary Women Make Films.
Portuguese producer Luís Urbano of Lisbon’s O Som e a Fúria shingle won the Eurimages Co-Production Award for his contribution as a co-producer on such features as Ira Sachs’ Frankie, Joao Nicolau’s Technoboss, and Goncalo Waddington’s Patrick.
Hidden Away, Giorgio Diritti’s portrait of self-taught Italian painter Antonio Ligabue, won European Film honors for best cinematography (for cameraman Matteo Cocco) and for Ursula Patzak for best costume design. Dascha Dauenhauer won best original score for her soundtrack to Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, a modern-day adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 literary classic.
The Platform, a dystopian drama, that Netflix picked up worldwide, won the European Film Prize for best visual effects for Inaki Madariaga.
Other winners included Cristina Casali, who took best production design for his work on Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, best editor winner Maria Fantastica Valmori for Il Varco—Once More Unto The Breach, a war documentary from Italian directors Federico Ferrone, and Michele Manzolini, period drama The Endless Trench, about a man who hides from Spanish fascist authorities for 30 years, which won the best hair and makeup honor for Yolanda Pina, Felix Terrero, and Yolande Decarsin and Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersens, who won best sound design for Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary Little Girl, a look an eight-year-old French child who questions their gender.
For the first time this year, the European Film Awards were presented online, part of a week-long series of virtual events leading up to Saturday’s virtual gala. This year’s nominees, dozens of them, were connected via video link.
A highlight was an unexpected video from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who sent a message thanking outgoing European Film Academy President Wim Wenders and EFA Director Marion Döring. Polish director Agnieszka Holland and the former Director of the Berlinale’s European Film Market Matthijs Wouter Knol will take over from Wenders and Döring next year.
The ceremony was a relaxed affair, with the The only major technical mishap happened during the Mark Cousins’ acceptance speech for Women Make Films, where a time delay led to an amusing back-and-forth between Cousins and the awards presenter, German director Emily Atef.
Full list of winners of the 2020 European Film Awards:
Another Round, dir. Thomas Vinterberg
Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round
Paula Beer for Undine
Mads Mikkelsen for Another Round
Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm for Another Round
European Discovery — Prix Fipresci
Carlo Sironi for Sole
Alexander Nanau for Collective
The Big Hit, dir. Emmanuel Courcol
European Animated Feature
Josep, dir. Aurel
EFA Award for Innovative Storytelling
Mark Cousins for Women Make Films
Matteo Cocco for Hidden Away
Maria Fantastica Valmori for Once More Unto the Breach
European Production Design
Cristina Casali for The Personal History of David Copperfield
European Costume Design
Ursula Patzak for Hidden Away
European Make-Up & Hair
Yolanda Piña, Félix Terrero & Nacho Diaz for The Endless Trench
European Original Score
Dascha Dauenhauer for Berlin Alexanderplatz
Yolande Decarsin & Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersens for Little Girl
European Visual Effects
Inaki Madariaga for The Platform
Kristian Selin, Eidnes Andersen, Yolande Decarsin for Little Girl
European Short Film
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark, dir. Lasse Linder
European University Film Award
Saudi Runaway, dir. Susanne Regina Meures
Eurimages Co-Production Award
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