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European Film Awards 2013

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European Film Awards 2013: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty wons four prizes including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Film

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It was from the hands of the European Commissioner for Culture, Androulla Vassiliou, that Paolo Sorrentino’s team received the prize for Best Film during the 26th ceremony of the European Film Awards (EFA), which took place in Berlin on Saturday night. The director of The Great Beauty [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paolo Sorrentino
film profile
]
 was not present because he was on the jury of the Marrakech Film Festival, but his masterpiece, which had left the last Cannes Film Festival empty-handed, made a come back by winning four EFA: Sorrentino was rewarded for Best Director and Toni Servillo for Best Actor while Best Editing had been awarded to Cristiano Travaglioli with a prize announced last October (read the news on technical awards).

As for Best Screenplay, the Academy rewarded French director François Ozon for the writing of In the House [+see also:
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trailer
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]
.

Belgian actress Veerle Baetens won in the Best Actress category for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
film profile
]
 by Felix Van Groeningen. Belgium was once again in the spotlight with an EFA for Best Short Film for Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

A new category rewarded the Best European Comedy and Danish filmmaker Suzanne Bier won with her sympathetic Love is all you need [+see also:
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]
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The European Discovery prize (Fipresci Prize for Best First Film) was given to Jan Ole Gerster for Oh Boy [+see also:
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interview: Jan Ole Gerster
film profile
]
. The Best European Animation Film Award went to Ari Folman for The Congress [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, a co-production between 6 countries including 5 European ones. The excellent The Act of Killing [+see also:
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]
won in the Best Documentary section.

Finally, one of the evening’s main surprises was probably the European Public Prize, which went to La Cage Dorée [+see also:
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]
 by Franco-Portuguese director Ruben Alves. The French film came ahead in the votes in front of box-office successes such as The Impossible [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
film profile
]
Anna Karenina [+see also:
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]
, The Broken Circle Breakdown
and Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
.

The second surprise was the absence of an EFA for Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
film profile
]
 by Abdellatif Kechiche, Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival and which was only nominated in two categories anyway, including that for Best Film.

For the complete winners’ list of this 26th edition, visit the European Film Awards website.

The 27th ceremony of the EFA will take place in 2014 in Riga, Latvia.