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Polish talent dominates European Film Academy Awards

Anna Franklin 2010-12-05

TALLINN: Ghost Writer directed by Polish born director Roman Polanski picked up a total of six awards at the 23rd European Film Awards in Tallinn on Saturday night including best director and best film while young Polish newcomer Katarzyna Klimkiewicz won the best short film prize for her film Hanoi-Warszawa produced Kino Polska TV.

Polanski did not attend the ceremony but spoke to the audience throughout most of the evening via a broadcast link to him home. Ghost Writer also picked up the prizes for best script, production design and composer. The film's star Ewan McGregor received the prix for best actor.

The European Co-production award- Prix Eurimages went to Turkish producer Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan who heads her own production company Zeyno Film. She is best known for her work as the producer of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films Climates, Three Monkeys and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Klimkiewicz is one of the new crop of rising young talent in Poland. Her script for Hanoi- Warszawa was produced by Kino Polska TV (www.kinopolska.pl) after winning the broadcaster's script competition. It was co-produced by Mastershot Studio (www.mastershotstudio.pl), the Film 1.2 Association, the Polish Filmmakers Association (www.sfp.pl), and the Andrzej Munk - The Young and Film -Studio (www.studiomunka.pl).

More than 2300 members of the European Film Academy, filmmakers from across Europe, voted to select this year's award winners.

THE 23rd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
The Winners

EUROPEAN FILM 2010
THE GHOST WRITER, France/Germany/UK
directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2010
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2010
Sylvie Testud in LOURDES

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2010
Ewan McGregor in THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2010
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2010
Giora Bejach for LEBANON

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2010
Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2010
Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2010
Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2010- Prix FIPRESCI
LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
written & directed by Samuel Maoz
produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat
Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY - Prix ARTE 2010
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile
Directed by Patricio Guzmán

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2010
THE ILLUSIONIST by Sylvain Chomet

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2010
HANOI - WARSZAWA (Hanoi - Warsaw), Poland
by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - Prix EURIMAGES 2010
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, producer

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bruno Ganz, actor

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2010
Gabriel Yared, composer

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD for Best European Film 2010
MR. NOBODY
written and directed by Jaco van Dormael
produced by Philippe Godeau


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