European Film Academy Reveals Winners in Six Awards Categories

Martin Gschlacht won the cinematographer award for 'Goodnight Mommy'

LONDON — The European Film Academy has revealed the first winners who will be honored at the 28th European Film Awards ceremony, which takes place in Berlin on Dec. 12.

A seven-member jury convened in Berlin and decided on the winners in the following categories: cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design.

Martin Gschlacht won the European cinematographer award, the Prix Carlo di Palma, for Austrian film “Goodnight Mommy.”

The jury said: “The photography in ‘Goodnight Mommy’ is extremely consistent and suggestive. Every frame is created in the atmosphere of the film, and strengthens its dramaturgy. These pictures are testimony to the huge visual sensitivity of the cinematographer. They are an excellent example of the use of composition and light and offer a new, very modern understanding of the art of cinematography.”

The prize for European editor went to Jacek Drosio for “Body” from Poland.

The jury said: “The editing of ‘Body’ is an outstanding example of playful precision. Underpinned by shining humor, the montage uses cinematography’s many-faceted imagery to create space for each character, for each character’s dignity, the deceased and the viewer. Jacek Drosio allows us to linger, steps up the beat where needed and shifts perspectives to compose a splendid narration that brings all pain and longing together in a good laugh.”

The European production designer awards was given to Sylvie Olive for “The Brand New Testament” (Belgium/France/Luxembourg).

The jury noted: “The design follows and supports the drama in a beautiful, funny and artistic way, mixing the real, and the surreal with a lot of ironic fantasy.”

The award for European costume designer was taken by Sarah Blenkinsop for “The Lobster” (U.K./Ireland/Greece/France/the Netherlands).

“Using color and shape in a wonderful way to paint each frame of the film, the costume design helps to realize the director’s vision. Every single item the actors wear has its own recognizable story,” the jury said.

The European composer prize went to Cat’s Eyes for “The Duke of Burgundy” (U.K./Hungary), “for a very brave and daring approach to film scoring, with all the right elements of musical craftsmanship and visual understanding,” the jury said.

Vasco Pimentel and Miguel Martins were named best European sound designers for “Arabian Nights – Vol. I-III” (Portugal/Germany/France/Switzerland).

The jury said: “The Sound Design for ‘Arabian Nights’ possesses a strong identity, combining documentary and fiction styles. Each sound sequence develops an original point of view closely matching the narration. The result is brilliant poetry, full of life and boldness.”

The members of the jury were Anna Asp, production designer (Sweden), Daniela Ciancio, costume designer (Italy), Mathieu Cox, sound designer (Belgium), Uberto Pasolini, director/producer (U.K.), Adam Sikora, cinematographer (Poland), Kjartan Sveinsson, composer (Iceland), and Monika Willi, editor (Austria).

The nominations in the film, comedy, director, screenwriter, actress and actor categories will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Seville European Film Festival. The members of the European Film Academy, more than 3,000 European film professionals, will then vote for the winners, and all awards recipients will receive their EFA statuette during the ceremony on Dec. 12.

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