The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke’s drama about strange happenings in a remote village in 1913 Germany, topped the European Film Awards on Saturday, picking up kudos for film, director and screenwriter.
Accepting his honor, Haneke said his film’s pedigree as a German-Austrian-French-Italian co-production made it the ideal candidate — pic’s producers include Berlin-based X Filme, Vienna’s Wega Film, Paris-based Les Films du Losange and Rome’s Lucky Red.
Win follows Haneke’s success at the EFAs in 2005, when his mystery drama “Cache” (Hidden) swept the event.
Best actress went to Kate Winslet for “The Reader.” Winslet skipped the festivities so director Stephen Daldry was on hand to accept the award.
Tahar Rahim took the actor prize for “A Prophet,” while Anthony Dod Mantle won the cinematographer award for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Antichrist.”
Helmer Danny Boyle’s multi-Oscar-winning “Slumdog” also won this year’s People’s Choice Award.
The first award for animated feature went to Jacques-Remy Girerd and Nora Twomey’s French-Italian co-production “Mia and the Migoo.”
Alberto Iglesias took the composer award for Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces,” and Polish helmer Andrzej Wajda picked up the critics’ prize for “Tatarak” (Sweet Rush).
The European Film Academy paid special tributes to director Ken Loach, who was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and French actress Isabelle Huppert, who received the European Achievement in World Cinema.
Visibly moved by a lengthy standing ovation, Loach praised European film but stressed the difficulty it still has in attracting local auds and suggested the continent look towards America for inspiration, “The U.S. government supports its steel and agricultural industries. Why can’t our politicians protect European film?”
The EFA ceremony took place in the German city of Bochum as part of the celebrations surrounding Germany’s Ruhr Metropolis, which has been selected as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.
Next year’s show will be held in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
FILM: “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke (Germany, Austria, France, Italy)
DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon” (Germany, Austria, France, Italy)
ACTRESS: Kate Winslet, “The Reader” (Germany, U.K.)
ACTOR: Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet” (France)
SCREENWRITER: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon” (Germany, Austria, France, Italy)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Antichrist” (Denmark, Germany, France) & “Slumdog Millionaire” (U.K.)
PRIX D’EXCELLENCE: Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier & Marc Doisne for Sound Design, “A Prophet” (France)
COMPOSER: Alberto Iglesias, “Broken Embraces,” (Spain)
DISCOVERY: “Katalin Varga,” Peter Strickland, (Romania, U.K., Hungary)
DOCUMENTARY – PRIX ARTE: “The Sound of Insects — Record of a Mummy,” Peter Liechti (Switzerland)
ANIMATED FEATURE: “Mia and the Migoo,” Jacques-Remy Girerd, Nora Twomey (France, Italy)
SHORT FILM – PRIX UIP: “Poste restante,” Marcel Lozinski (Poland)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ken Loach
ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA: Isabelle Huppert
CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES: Diana Elbaum & Jani Thiltges
CRITICS AWARD – PRIX FIPRESCI: “Sweet Rush,” Andrzej Wajda (Poland)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM: “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle (U.K.)