LOS ANGELES, Dec 13, (RTRS): Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” took three top awards at the 28th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, winning best European film, director and actor for Michael Caine.
The drama, which premiered in Cannes and was the evening’s favorite, centers on a retired orchestra conductor (Caine) contemplating the indignities of growing old during his stay at a posh Swiss resort with his old friend (Harvey Keitel). It was Sorrentino’s second major win at the European Film Awards. His drama “The Great Beauty” swept the awards in 2013, winning five awards, including picture, director and actor.
Accepting his award, Caine quipped,”In 50 years I’ve never won an award in Europe and tonight I’ve won two.”
Caine also became only the third recipient of the Honorary Award of the European Film Academy President and Board, which the Academy previously bestowed on founding member Manoel de Oliveira and Michel Piccoli.
Charlotte Rampling took the actress prize for Andrew Haigh’s drama “45 Years,” about a married couple about to celebrate their 45th anniversary when they are suddenly shaken by a letter that arrives for the husband. Rampling was also honored with the European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Roy Andersson’s quirky and episodic Golden Lion-winning “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” the final part of a trilogy on the human condition, was named best comedy.
Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” an intimate look at late singer Amy Winehouse,” won the documentary award, while Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou took the screenplay prize for “The Lobster,” the darkly comic fantasy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea,” about a young Irish boy and his little sister who can turn into a seal, picked up the animated feature film award.
The People’s Choice Award went to Alberto Rodriguez’s 1980-set Spanish crime drama “Marshland.”
Christoph Waltz picked up the European Achievement in World Cinema for his international contribution to film.Italian producer and distributor Andrea Occhipinti of Rome-based Lucky Red was awarded the Prix Eurimages.
The ceremony took time midway through the show to call attention to the plight of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Speaking on behalf of the European Film Academy, German actor Daniel Bruhl offered support for the filmmaker, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The Academy has asked Nikita Mikhalkov, president of Russia’s association of filmmakers, to join in the international protest and help the Ukrainian filmmaker.
Some 900 guests attended the awards ceremony at Berlin’s Haus der Berliner Festspiele, most of whom headed over to the glitzy aftershow party at the nearby Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm.
The full list of winners and nominees follows.
* Best European Film: “Youth”
* Best European Actress: Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
* Best European Actor: Michael Caine, “Youth”
* Best European Director: Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”
* People’s Choice Award 2015: “Marshland”
* Best European Comedy: “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”
* Best European Documentary: “Amy”
* European Achievement in World Cinema (Honorary Award): Christoph Waltz
* Fipresci Prize – Best European Discovery: “Mustang”
* Best European Animated Feature: “Song of the Sea”
* Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board: Michael Caine
* Best European Short: “Picnic”
* Best European Screenwriter: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, “The Lobster”
* Best European Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht, “Goodnight Mommy”
* Best European Editor: Jacek Drosio, “Body”
* Best European Composer: Cat’s Eyes, “The Duke of Burgundy”
* Best European Production Designer: Sylvie Olive, “The Brand New Testament”
* Best European Costume Desig-ner: Sarah Blenkinsop, “The Lobster”
* Best European Sound Designer: Vasco Pimentel and Miguel Martins, “Arabian Nights”