Polanski film shines at the European Film Awards

Roman Polanski’s political thriller, The Ghost Writer – known as The Ghost during its U.K. release – was the success story of the 23rd European Film Awards, winning not only the accolade of European Film of the year but also receiving recognition in 5 other categories, including an acting prize for Ewan McGregor. The controversy-ridden director was unable to attend in person but gave his thanks via a live video link-up.

The film of Robert Harris’ novel, which stars Pierce Brosnan as a fictional British Prime Minister resembling Tony Blair, is the first English-language winner of the European Film prize at the EFAs in 10 years. Other big winners this year included The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet’s follow-up to Belleville Rendez-Vous, and Lebanon, the semi-autobiographical story of a small group of Israeli soldiers in the 1982 Lebanon war.

The EFAs are presented each year by the European Film Academy, and the 2010 ceremony took place in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Academy president Wim Wenders hailed it as “a beautiful city,” and another presenter comically noted that Skype, which allowed Polanski to appear onscreen 3 times from his flat in Paris, was an Estonian invention. The Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award was given to Wenders’ frequent collaborator Bruno Ganz, the actor who in 2004 took on the role of Hitler in Downfall.

EUROPEAN FILM
The Ghost Writer – WINNER
Honey
Lebanon
Of Gods and Men
The Secret in their Eyes
Soul Kitchen

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
Olivier Assayas (Carlos)
Semih Kaplanoğl (Honey)
Samuel Maoz (Lebanon)
Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) – WINNER
Paolo Virzi (The First Beautiful Thing)

EUROPEAN ACTRESS
Zrinka Cvitešić (On the Path)
Sibel Kekilli (When We Leave)
Lesley Manville (Another Year)
Sylvie Testud (Lourdes) – WINNER
Lotte Verbeek (Nothing Personal)

EUROPEAN ACTOR
Jakob Cedergren (Submarino)
Elio Germano (Our Life)
Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer) – WINNER
George Pistereanu (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle)
Luis Tosar (Cell 211)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER
Samuel Maoz (Lebanon)
Radu Mihaileanu & Alain Michel-Blanc (The Concert)
Daniel Monzón & Jorge Guerricaechevarría (Cell 211)
Roman Polanski & Robert Harris (The Ghost Writer) – WINNER

CARLO DI PARMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD
Giora Bejach (Lebanon) – WINNER
Caroline Champetier (Of Gods and Men)
Pavel Kostomarov (How I Ended This Summer)
Barış Özbiçer (Honey)

EUROPEAN EDITOR
Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier (Carlos) – WINNER
Hervé de Luze (The Ghost Writer)
Arik Lahav-Leibovich (Lebanon)

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Paola Bizzarri & Luis Ramirez (I, Don Giovanni)
Albrecht Konrad (The Ghost Writer) – WINNER
Markku Pätilä & Jaagup Roomet (The Temptation of St. Tony)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER
Ales Brezina (Kawasaki’s Rose)
Pasquale Castalano (Loose Cannons)
Alexandre Desplat (The Ghost Writer) – WINNER
Gary Yershon (Another Year)

EFA ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Illusionist – WINNER
Planet 51
Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage

EFA DOCUMENTARY
Armadillo
Steam of Life
Nostalgia for the Light – WINNER

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY
The Double Hour
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
When We Leave
Lebanon – WINNER
Nothing Personal

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM
Mr Nobody

EFA SHORT FILM
Hanoi – Warsaw by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Gabriel Yared

EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bruno Ganz

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