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‘Loveless’ Wins Cinematography Prize at European Film Academy

The European Film Academy has announced award winners in seven categories, covering a range of work from continental nations in cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, hair and make-up, music composition and sound design.

Mikhail Krichman won the Carlo di Palma prize for cinematography for the “dark universe” and “intense feeling of discomfort” created in “Loveless,” the portrait of an unhappy Russian couple confronted with the terrible consequences of their selfishness for their child.

Robin Campillo won the editor prize for “BPM (Beats per Minute),” a French 1990s-set chronicle of the ACT Up movement, which Campillo also wrote and directed, whose film cutting work shows “the desperate personal urgency” of activists and their protests and “contributes to the urgency of the film in perfect harmony with framing and story.”

Josefin Asberg took the production design prize for Swedish-German-French-Danish comedy-drama “The Square,” showing “great artistic sensibility,” which “creates a world at the edge.” The design work helps “to integrate and interact with the story without ever dominating over it,” the academy stated.

Katarzyna Lewinska won the costume-design prize for the “simplicity and clarity” of wardrobes for Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” a Czech-Polish film in which Lewinska’s work helps “intensify the images and underline the substantial message of the film.” The story of a determined woman investigating strange occurrences in her community illustrates a clash between the human element and the natural environment that is “reflected in the texture, the colors and the design of the costumes, at the same time contributing to the personality of the characters and giving them life.”

Leendert van Nimwegen won the make-up and hair prize for “Brimstone,” a Western thriller and Dutch-French-German-Swedish-U.K. co-production, starring Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce, for work that “helps the characters and their development throughout the film,” from playful to sober and sinister, framing “the good, the bad, the young, the old.”

Evgueni and Sacha Galperine took the music composition prize for the “dark, haunting and brooding” soundtrack that intensifies the experience of watching Russia’s “Loveless” by directed Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”). The academy called the music “beautifully written with an intelligent use of piano effects,” adding “the score works like an extra character added to the unfortunate family.”

Oriol Tarragó won the sound-design prize for “A Monster Calls,” a U.K.-Spanish fantasy drama in which his work shows the “power of imagination.” The academy praised the sound for taking its audience into “a completely new, unknown world” and creating “a sense of eeriness, a sense of mood, a sense of darkness” that integrates sound and visuals.

Some 51 features are in competition for the 3,000-member academy’s prizes, which go to filmmakers at the organization’s 30th gala in Berlin Dec. 3.

A special jury convened in Berlin to evaluate work from the EFA selection list and additional film entries. The jury members were sound designer Samir Foco of Bosnia & Herzegovina; composer Raf Keunen of Belgium; editor Melanie Ann Oliver of the U.K.; costume designer Vassilia Rozana of Greece; hair and make-up artist Susana Sanchez of Spain; cinematographer Lukasz Zal of Poland; and production designer Tonino Zera of Italy.

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