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 AWARDSThe 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, EinatBickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY - Prix ARTE 2010 NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/ChileDirected 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