Triangle of Unhappiness, Ruben Östlund’s biting takedown of the one %, was the massive winner on the thirty fifth European Movie Awards, touchdown 4 trophies together with the highest prize of Finest European Movie on the gala award ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Saturday.
Östlund additionally gained finest screenplay and finest director, dedicating his award to Triangle of Unhappiness star Charlbi Dean, who died following a sudden sickness this summer time, simply months after the movie premiered in Cannes, the place it gained the Palme d’Or. Croatian actor Zlatko Burić, who performs Dimitry, a Russian fertilizer magnate in Triangle of Unhappiness, was the shock finest actor winner, beating out contenders together with Paul Mescal for Aftersun and Shut breakout Eden Dambrine.
Vicky Krieps took actress honors for Corsage, a feminist interval drama from director Marie Kreutzer, during which she stars as an Austrian empress who fights again towards the patriarchal buildings of her age.
“I wish to dedicate this to all the ladies everybody on the earth that should be seen and heard,” Krieps mentioned in an acceptance speech through video hyperlink, “that should be healed from these deep wounds [of history] in order that women and men can come collectively once more.”
The thirty fifth European Movie Awards marked the occasion’s first in-person gala for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Movie Academy, which organized the ceremony, celebrated in fashion on the Harpa live performance corridor in Reykjavik, with friends coming into through a singular artwork set up created by native Icelandic artists Tanja Levý, Lilý Erla Adamsdóttir and Sean O’Brien.
Presenters included Sport of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, German actress Nina Hoss (Tár), Borat Subsequent Moviefilm breakout Maria Bakalova and Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Beast). The awards have been hosted by Icelandic actress, screenwriter and politician Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir — who bought one of many first huge laughs of the night time when she launched the EFAs as being “identical to the Oscars: All of the movies are international!” — and native artist, creator and humorist Hugleikur Dagsson. Musical accompaniment got here from the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra, music collective INNI and Icelandic electro-band GusGus.
The night time’s nominated movies — from Lukas Dhont’s intimate story of friendship and loss in Shut to Carla Simón’s Alcarràs, a heartwarming portrait of a gaggle of Catalan peach farmers; from Ali Abassi’s Iran-set serial-killer thriller Holy Spider to Marie Kreutzer’s feminist interval drama Corsage to Östlund’s capitalist satire Triangle of Unhappiness — have been nearly as good an commercial for the range and high quality of European cinema as one is more likely to discover.
However the night time’s celebrations come throughout a disaster level for the European movie trade. Arthouse and speciality cinema of the kind honored by the EFAs is closely depending on theatrical efficiency, and European audiences haven’t returned to theaters post-COVID. Field workplace in a number of main territories, together with France, Germany and Italy, stays effectively under pre-pandemic 2019 figures. Of this 12 months’s finest movie nominees, solely Östlund’s wildly entertaining Triangle of Unhappiness, which is a sleeper candidate within the Oscar race, might be correctly referred to as a success. The movie, a Swedish, German, French and U.Ok. co-production, has grossed greater than $16 million worldwide and performed strongly throughout Europe.
As is normally the case on the EFAs, politics took middle stage.
In an indication of solidarity with the filmmakers of Ukraine, whose movie trade has been decimated for the reason that Russian invasion of the nation Feb. 24, this 12 months’s Eurimages Co-Manufacturing Award honoring excellence in European co-production was given to all Ukrainian movie producers.
Plenty of Ukrainian producers, together with some at the moment combating on the entrance traces of the battle, despatched video messages to the EFA thanking them for his or her assist. Then an unidentified man stood up within the crowd, hoisting a Ukrainian flag and calling for the discharge of Maksym Butkevych, the Ukrainian journalist and human rights activist captured by Russian forces in Luhansk Oblast in June.
Certainly one of Europe’s prime politicians, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, spoke to the EFA viewers through video hyperlink, accepting the inaugural European Sustainability Award, the Prix Film4Climate, a prize meant to have fun a “European establishment, firm or movie” which gives an impressive contribution to furthering sustainability within the film trade. Von der Leyen accepted on behalf of the European Fee, which was honoured for its European Inexperienced Deal, a set of coverage initiatives geared toward making the European Union climate-neutral by 2050.
“We’d like each particular person, each group and each trade to alter,” mentioned von der Leyen, pushing the individuals within the room to do extra to assist transition Europe’s economic system to a inexperienced future. “You will have the ability to alter hearts and minds and you can also make individuals see that everybody could make a distinction for the planet.” The Prix Film4Climate award took the type of an Icelandic birch tree, planted in a “European movie forest” close to Reykjavik.
The European Discovery — Prix Fipresci, given to the most effective debut function, went to Italian director Laura Samani for Small Physique, a darkish interval drama set within the early 1900s a couple of girl who goes by means of trauma after the stillborn loss of life of her first youngster. The very best quick movie prize went to the Slovenian animated drama Granny’s Sexual Life, co-directed by Urška Djukic and Émilie Pigeard.
Fernando León De Aranoa’s The Good Boss, starring Javier Bardem, gained the most effective European comedy honor, although the movie’s producer Jaume Roures protested the class. “It’s a mistake — the movie is a drama, not a comedy!” he insisted.
“We tried to make a drama however it didn’t work,” quipped De Aranoa.
Finest animated movie went to No Canine or Italians Allowed from director Alain Ughetto, whereas Mariupolis 2 from director Mantas Kvedaravičius took the prize for finest European documentary of 2022. Kvedaravičius was killed in the course of the making of the movie, which paperwork occasions in Mariupol, Ukraine, amid the present Russian invasion. HIs daughter accepted the prize on his behalf.
The EFA craft honors, referred to as the European Excellence Awards, have been introduced forward of Saturday’s ceremony. Winners included Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, which took finest European manufacturing design for Jim Clay and finest costume design for Charlotte Walter; Kate McCullough, who gained finest European cinematography for her lensing of Colm Bairéad’s Irish drama The Quiet Lady; and Edward Berger’s German WWI drama All Quiet on the Western Entrance, which gained finest European visible results for Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller and Markus Frank, and finest European make-up and hair for Heike Merker.
Cyril Dion’s documentary Animal, which follows two French youngsters as they meet with scientists and activists around the globe in seek for a brand new option to cohabitate with different species, gained the 2022 Younger Viewers Award, voted on by younger moviegoers from throughout Europe.
The European College Movie Award (EUFA) went to EO by Jerzy Skolimowski.
Additionally introduced earlier than Saturday’s ceremony was the award for Innovation in European Storytelling, which went to veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio (The Traitor, The Wedding ceremony Director) for his restricted sequence Exterior Night time, made for RAI, which traces the kidnapping and assassination of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the Crimson Brigades in 1978.
Director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention, It Should Be Heaven) gained this 12 months’s European Achievement in World Cinema prize, the primary Palestinian filmmaker to be so honored, whereas groundbreaking German feminist director Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt, The German Sisters) acquired the 2022 European lifetime achievement award.
The total record of 2022 European Movie Award winners follows.
Triangle of Unhappiness, dir. Ruben Östlund
Ruben Östlund for Triangle of Unhappiness
Vicky Krieps for Corsage
Zlatko Burić for Triangle of Unhappiness
Ruben Östlund for Triangle of Unhappiness
The Good Boss, dir. Fernando León De Aranoa
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
No Canine or Italians Allowed, dir. Alain Ughetto
Mariupolis 2, dir. Mantas Kvedaravičius
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY — PRIX FIPRESCI
Small Physique, dir. Laura Samani
EUROPEAN SHORT FILM
Granny’s Sexual Life, dirs. Urška Djukic, Émilie Pigeard
EUROPEAN INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING
Exterior Night time, dir. Marco Bellocchio
EUROPEAN YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD
Animal, dir. Cyril Dion
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY AWARD
EO, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski.
Kate McCullough for The Quiet Lady
Özcan Vardar and Eytan İpeker for Burning Days
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Jim Clay for Belfast
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGN
Charlotte Walter for Belfast
EUROPEAN MAKE-UP AND HAIR
Heike Merker for All Quiet on the Western Entrance
EUROPEAN ORIGINAL SCORE
Paweł Mykietyn for EO
Simone Paolo Olivero, Paolo Benvenuti, Benni Atria, Marco Saitta, Ansgar Frerich and Florian Holzner for The Gap
EUROPEAN VISUAL EFFECTS
Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller and Markus Frank for All Quiet on the Western Entrance
EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
Given to all Ukrainian movie producers
EUROPEAN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD — PRIX FILM4CLIMATE
The European Fee for its European Inexperienced Deal
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD
EUROPEAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Margarethe von Trotta