MALTA: Michael Haneke’s Amour swept the EFA awards winning best film, best director and best actor and actress awards leaving other contenders with little to divide between the remaining films.
Amour which had already taken home to top prize in Cannes earlier this year was the second EFA win for Haneke in three years after winning in 2009 for The While Ribbon. The Austrian director accepted the award saying: “Thank you, I did not expect to be back here again so soon.”
Central Europeans scored again with Alois Nebel directed by Tomas Lunak and produced by Prague based Negativ Films (www.negativ.cz) a Czech, Slovak, German coproduction which won best animated feature. Romanian director/producer Tudor Giurgiu won best short film for his Superman, Spiderman or Batman.
The awards were held at Malta’s Seaside Mediterranean Conference, a spectacular venue overlooking the sea and built in 1574 by the Knights of Malta. One of the most moving moments during the event was when veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci came on the stage in a wheelchair to accept the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Full list of prize winners 2012
Best European Film:Amour directed by Michael HanekeGermany/ France/ Austrai Best Director:Michael Haneke for Amour Best Actress:Emmanuelle Riva in Amour Best Actor:Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour Best Screenwriter:Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg for The Hunt Carlo Di Palma Best Cinematographer:Sean Bobbitt for Shame Best Editor:Joe Walker for Shame Best Production Designer:Maria Djurkovic for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Best ComposerAlberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI:European Discovery Prix FIPRESCI:Kauwboy by Boudewijn Koole Netherlands Best Documentary:Winter Nomads by Manuel von StürlerSwitzerland Best Animated Feature FilmAlois Nebel by by Tomáš LuňákCzech Republic / Germany / Slovakia Best Short FilmSuperman, Spiderman or Batman by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania European Co-Production- Prix EURMIAGESHelena Danielsson, Sweden European Achievement in World Cinema:Dame Helen MirrenUK European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement AwardBernardo Bertolucci, Italy People’s Choice AwardHasta La Vista (Come As You Are) directed by Geoffrey Enthoven