Quo Vadis, Aïda? takes the best film at the European Film Awards | Movie


The Father, Florian Zeller’s disorienting and poignant dementia drama starring Anthony Hopkins, won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at this year’s European Cinema Awards, but was ultimately voted Best Film by Quo Vadis, Aida ?, a heartbreaking description of the UN’s calamitous attempt in 1995 to prevent the Srebrenica massacre.

Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić also won the Best Director award for the film – a pan-European venture involving 12 production companies from nine countries – while Jasna Đuričić won the Best Actress award for her performance as a beleaguered UN performer trying to save his family from ethnic cleansing along with other Muslims by Bosnians. Serbian paramilitaries.

Žbanić dedicated the film award to the country’s women and their post-Bosnian war peacebuilding efforts: “Women still need to repair the damage done by men. They taught us how to turn destruction into love.

More cinema and stories from a women’s perspective would be needed in the future, she warned. “We need more complex stories in order to prepare our audiences for the very complex times that lie ahead.”

Sir Anthony Hopkins, won the award for best actor for his moving performance in the dementia drama, The Father. Photograph: FILM4 / Allstar

Hopkins was not present to collect his Best Actor award, which follows his Oscar and Bafta for the film. It was accepted remotely by first-time director Zeller. For the second year in a row, the awards were held as a virtual ceremony broadcast live from Berlin – where only the host, German actress Annabelle Mandeng, and a handful of presenters, winners and nominees were in attendance in studio for this 34e editing.

It was a swift and pragmatic opportunity, low on the socio-political fire and the state of Europe rhetoric seen in the pre-Covid European Cinema Awards. But Mandeng praised mainland filmmakers for ‘moving mountains’ for productions to happen during the pandemic.’ Making films in an age of Covid is an even greater challenge. Making films at a time when going to the cinema remains restricted is a great leap of faith, ”she said.

British director Steve McQueen has won the European Innovative Storytelling Award – only the second time that the Academy of European Cinema has awarded this award – for his five-film anthology on the British Afro-Caribbean experience, Small Ax.

Steve McQueen receives the Innovative Storytelling Award.
Steve McQueen receives the Innovative Storytelling Award from rapper Tricky and German musician Joy Denalane. Photography: Christian Mang / AP

The award was presented to it by rapper Tricky and German musician Joy Denalane, who passionately championed its wider relevance. “The films are set in London, but I saw my own German childhood experience there,” she said. “Structural racism and unconscious and conscious prejudice continues here and now in so many European countries. “

90-year-old Hungarian director Márta Mészáros, whose six-decade career spans pioneering genre-focused documentaries and daring New Wave-style feature films, has won an Award of Excellence for her ‘original feminist progressivism’. Danish Susanne Bier – who graduated from Open Hearts in 2002, part of the minimalist movement Dogma, through to the 2018 Netflix hit Bird Box, via serial collaborations with Mads Mikkelsen – has been recognized for her European achievements in world cinema.

Titane, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the ultra-violent, fluid and divisive love story Julie Ducournau, featuring a woman imbued with a muscle car, was the big loser of the evening, returning at home with one price for hair and makeup. Emerald Fennell’s #MeToo black comedy Promising Young Woman, an Anglo-American co-production, won the Fipresci Critics’ Prize.

The decision to switch to a clean virtual format with a minimum on-site audience was made on December 1, with cases increasing rapidly across Germany and five days after the WHO announced Omicron as a worrying variant.

In a pretty demotic touch, film clubs and theater troupes from across the continent – from Lisbon to the Finnish Arctic Circle – have been invited to present the nominees for numerous awards. On only one occasion did the dreaded virtual gremlins creep in: when the sound of best documentary director Jonas Poher Rasmussen failed and he was forced to convey his thanks in makeshift sign language.

Complete list of rewards

Best film Quo Vadis, Aïda?
Best comedy Baby Ninja
European discovery (Fipresci Prize) Promising young woman
Best Documentary To flee
Best animated film To flee
Best short film My uncle tudor
Best director Jasmila Žbanić, Quo Vadis, Aïda?
Best actress Jasna Đuričić, Quo Vadis, Aïda?
Best actor Anthony Hopkins, the father
Best screenwriter Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father
Best Cinematography Great freedom
Best Editing Loosen fists
Better production design Natural light
Best costume design Ammonite
Best hairstyle and makeup Titanium
Best Original Score Great freedom
Best sound Innocents
Better visual effects Lamb
EFA award for all of his achievements Marta Meszáros
European achievement in world cinema Susanne Bier
Innovative European narrationSteve mcqueen
European co-production prize (Eurimages Prize)Maria ekerhovd
European Young Audience AwardThe passage
European University Cinema PrizeTo flee

This article was last modified on December 12, 2021. The events described in the film Quo Vadis, Aida? took place in 1995, and not in 1992 as an earlier version said