The European Film Awards unveil their first winners


Great freedom, Loosen fists, Natural light, Titanium, Innocents, Lamb and Ammonite receive the Technical Excellence Awards

Great freedom by Sébastien Meise

The European Academy of Cinema announced eight winners who will be honored at the European Cinema Prize. A special eight-member jury met in Berlin and, based on the selection of feature films, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, makeup and hairstyle, original music. , sound and visual effects. The members of the jury were the Danish director of photography Camille Hjelm, UK VFX supervisor Matt Kasmir, Serbian publisher Jelena maksimovicItalian costume designer Ursula patzak, French sound designer Celia Sayaphoum, German production designer Francis “Kiko” Soeder, Turkish composer BaÅŸar nder and dutch makeup artist Leendert van Nimwegen.

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The list of award-winning films is led by Sebastien meise‘s Great freedom [+see also:
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, one of the sensations of the year after its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, and already the winner of other film festivals, such as Sarajevo and Seville. Director of Photography Fournier crystal and composers Nils Petter Molvær and Peter Brotzmann have won awards in their respective fields. The award statement for the first emphasizes how “cinematography in Great freedom draws the viewer into the privacy of the prison cell, but suggests openness and freedom of mind, ”while that for the latter emphasizes that“ the sparse and daring notation of Great freedom takes you into decades, places and borders of a rare cinematic experience interfacing with his music. It is an elegant but stimulating celebration of free improvisation and insurgency; jazz, resilience and solidarity. “

Oddly enough, the films premiering in this year’s Un Certain Regard section make up the bulk of the winners list. The great winner of the section, Kira Kovalenko‘s Loosen fists [+see also:
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, received the European Editing Award for Moukharam Kabulova‘s (“The cut works as a real contribution to the veracity of the film”), while the genre of the section hits Innocents [+see also:
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, realized by Eskil Vogt, and Lamb [+see also:
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, realized by Valdimar Jóhannsson (and winner of the Originality Prize at Cannes and main winner of the recent Sitges Festival), received the European Sound Award for Gisle Tveito and Gustave Bergerand the European award for visual effects for Peter Hjorth and Fredrik North, respectively.

Another Cannes hit, the Palme d’Or Titanium [+see also:
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, realized by Julia ducournau and also one of the most nominated films in the main award categories (see the new), was awarded in the European Makeup & Hairstyle category, the prize being awarded to Flore Masson, Olivier Afonso and Antoine Mancini. On the other hand, a title from the Cannes 2020 label (absent from the main award nominations), Francis lee‘s Ammonite [+see also:
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, saw costume designer Michael o’connor rewarded in its category.

Finally, the winner of the best director award at this year’s Berlinale, Denes Nagythe drama of WWII Natural light [+see also:
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, celebrates the European Production Design award for Márton Ághthe work of.

As usual, the other winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on December 11 in Berlin, and which Cineuropa will cover and broadcast live.

The winning films are as follows:

European cinematography
Cristal Fournier – Great freedom [+see also:
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(Austria / Germany)

European edition
Moukharam Kabulova – Loosen fists [+see also:
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(Russia)

Design of European production
Márton Ágh – Natural light [+see also:
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(Hungary / Latvia / Germany / France)

European costume design
Michael O’Connor – Ammonite [+see also:
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(UK / US / Australia)

European Makeup & Hairstyle
Flore Masson, Olivier Afonso & Antoine Mancini – Titanium [+see also:
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(France)

European original music
Nils Petter Molvær & Peter Brötzmann – Great freedom

European sound
Gisle Tveito & Gustaf Berger – Innocents [+see also:
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(Norway / Sweden / Denmark / Finland / France / United Kingdom)

European visual effects
Peter Hjorth & Fredrik North – Lamb [+see also:
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(Iceland / Sweden / Poland)

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