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Friday , December 4 2020

‘Cold War’ tops at European Film Awards

Ralph Fiennes poses with his award during the European Film Awards in Seville, Spain on Dec 15. (AP)

‘Clean Up’ takes top prize at Macao Festival and Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16, (RTRS): “Cold War”, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday.

“Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman”, won for best actor.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won for best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the U.S.S.R. into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisors.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl”, which represents Belgium in the foreign-language Oscar race and won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, picked up the European Discovery prize. Damian Nenow and Raul de la Fuente’s “Another Day of Life” won for best European animated feature.

“One thing that I learned from Ryszard Kapuscinski that we should stay together and stop looking at the world from west to east or from south to west,” de la Fuente said. “The meaning of life is crossing borders.”

The People’s Choice Award 2018 went to Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name”.

“Dogman” and “Cold War” were among the films that had dominated the nominations going into Saturday evening’s ceremony in Seville, Spain, along with “Girl”, Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” and Ali Abbasi’s “Border”. All of those titles world-premiered in Cannes, where Pawlikowski won the award for best director.

Tribute

The European Film Awards audience paid tribute to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, an opponent of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government, who has been imprisoned by Russian authorities for several years on what critics allege is a trumped-up terrorism charge, and Russian helmer Kirill Serebrennikov (“Summer”), who is currently under house arrest and facing a trial.

French-Greek director Costa-Gavras received the Honorary Award from Wim Wenders, president of the European Film Academy, who praised the honoree for his uncompromisingly strong political voice.

Spanish actress Carmen Maura received the Lifetime Achievement award. Maura, whose career spans six decades, was a driving force in persuading Pedro Almodovar to shoot his first commercial feature, “Pepi, Luci, Bom and a Whole Lot of Other Girls”. Maura starred in most of Almodovar’s early films, through to the Oscar-nominated “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”.

Ralph Fiennes received the European Achievement in World Cinema Award. “In anticipation of this occasion, I couldn’t help but reflect on what it means to be European,” said Fiennes. “Can I be English and European? Emphatically yes. This is the feeling I have in my gut.”

He added: “There is a crisis in Europe… and breathing free is in danger of being threatened… But filmmaking and the expression within a film can be a window for us to see another human being… Films can be songs crossing borders.”

Besides Wenders, Saturday evening’s awards presenters included Rossy de Palma, Ashraf Barhom, Amira Casar, Anamaria Marinca, Ivan Shvedoff, Victoria Abril and Tom Wlaschiha.

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LOS ANGELES: Korean drama movie, “Clean Up” took the best film prize on Friday night at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao.

The jury, which comprised Chen Kaige, Danis Tanovic, Mabel Cheung, Paul Currie, and Tillotama Shome, said: “’Clean Up’ is a powerful, visceral film which is symbolic and naturalistic at the same time… The director unfolds a psychological drama with simmering intensity, and humanists the criminal without condoning the heinous crime in any way.”

The festival, completing its third edition, wrapped up with another breezy and efficient closing ceremony, kept largely on schedule thanks to its local live broadcast.


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