Magazine article Screen International

Melancholia Wins Top Prize at European Film Awards

Magazine article Screen International

Melancholia Wins Top Prize at European Film Awards

Article excerpt

Other winners include In A Better World, The King's Speech, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Kid With A Bike and Pina. Special honours bestowed upon Michel Piccoli [pictured] and Mads Mikkelsen.

The Brits and the "bloody Danes" - to quote an impish Stephen Frears - were the big winners at this year's European Film Awards which saw Lars von Trier's Melancholia unsurprisingly leave the evening with the trophy for European Film 2011.

Coming to Berlin with a total of eight nominations, the film also picked up the prizes in the category of European Production Designer (Jette Lehmann) and the Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award (Manuel Alberto Claro).

Following his declaration this autumn to desist from any further public appearances, von Trier was represented in Berlin by his wife Bente Froge who told the 1,000-strong audience in Berlin's Tempodrom that her husband had "no message for you" but had instructed her "to wave in a kind and friendly way".

Von Trier was beaten to the European Director 2011 award by his fellow Dane Susanne Bier for her Oscar-winning film In a Better World, while actor Mads Mikkelsen was honoured with the honorary award for European Achievement in World Cinema.

Numbers-wise, British cinema even topped the Danes in the slew of prizes, with three of the trophies for The King's Speech - European Actor (Colin Firth), European Editor (Tariq Anwar), European Film Academy People's Choice Award - the European Actress 2011 for Tilda Swinton's performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, and the European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award going this year to Stephen Frears.

Titles: We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Kid With A Bike, The Artist, Habemus Papam

The tally climbed to six if one was to include "honorary Brit" Terry Gilliam who received the European Film Academy Short Film award for his 20-minute short The Wholly Family. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.