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European Film Awards winners 2015

Sunday morning (NZ time) the European Film Academy handed out its gongs in Berlin, following voting by some 3,000 members. Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth took three awards on the night, including the headline European Film and Directing gongs. Two years ago Sorrentino’s last feature, The Great Beauty, took the same awards at the EFA.

This year’s other multiple winner was Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, which took two.

The only nominee with any real NZ connection was John Maclean’s Slow West, up for the Discovery Prize. Maclean spoke with the EFA about the film, apparently forgetting to mention that it was shot in NZ. Slow West missed out to Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, which was also nominated in the best film category.

In what’s probably a first for a major international awards event, two of the honorary award winners, Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling, also picked up the Actor and Actress gongs. For Rampling, the win was a sort of full circle as her first gong for the role was also presented in Berlin: a Silver Bear at January’s Berlinale.

Anyone following the EFZ ceremony on twitter would have been misled about the winners of a number of the awards. The official tweeter managed to mix up categories and winners a few times, handing out some extra gongs in the process.

This year’s European Film Awards ran in Berlin on Sunday 13 December (NZ time).
The EFA 2015 winners were (marked ***):

European Film
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, Roy Andersson
Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Rams, Grímur Hákonarson
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos
Victoria, Sebastian Schipper
*** Youth, Paolo Sorrentino

European Comedy
*** A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, Roy Andersson
The Bélier Family, Eric Lartigau
The Brand New Testament, Jaco Van Dormael

European Documentary
A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister
*** Amy, Asif Kapadia
Dancing With Maria, Ivan Gergolet
The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer
Toto And His Sisters, Alexander Nanau

European Director
Roy Andersson, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
Nanni Moretti, My Mother
Sebastian Schipper, Victoria
*** Paolo Sorrentino, Youth
Małgorzata Szumowska, Body

European Actress
Margherita Buy, My Mother
Laia Costa, Victoria
*** Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Rachel Weisz, Youth

European Actor
*** Michael Caine, Youth
Tom Courtenay, 45 Years
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Christian Friedel, 13 Minutes
Vincent Lindon, The Measure Of A Man

European Screenwriter
Roy Andersson, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Andrew Haigh, 45 Years
Radu Jude & Florin Lazarescu, Aferim!
*** Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
Paolo Sorrentino, Youth

European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI
Goodnight Mommy / Ich Seh Ich Seh
*** Mustang
Slow West
Summers Downstairs / Im Sommer Wohnt Er Unten

European Animated Feature Film
Shaun The Sheep The Movie
*** Song Of The Sea

European Short Film
Field Study
Kung Fury
Our Body
*** Picnic
Smile, And The World Will Smile Back
Son Of The Wolf
Symbolic Threats
The Runner
The Translator
This Place We Call Our Home

People’s Choice Award

Ahead of the ceremony, in fact ahead of the nominations announcement, the winners of the following juried and honorary categories were announced:

Martin Gschlacht, Goodnight Mommy

Jacek Drosio, Body

Production Designer
Sylvie Olivé, The Brand New Testament

Costume Designer
Sarah Blenkinsop, The Lobster

Cat’s Eyes, The Duke Of Burgundy

Sound Designer
Vasco Pimentel & Miguel Martins, Arabian Nights – Vol. I-III

Honorary Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Actress Charlotte Rampling

Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board
Actor Michael Caine

European Achievement in World Cinema
Actor Christoph Waltz

European Co-Production Award
Actor and producer Andrea Occhipinti

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