THE FATHER WINS BEST ACTOR AND BEST SCREENPLAY AT EFA
13th Dec, 2021
The Hollywood Report by THR Staff
Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida?, a stirring drama about the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has won the top prize for European Film 2021 at the 34th European Film Awards, given out in a virtual ceremony from Berlin Saturday night.
The film, which was an Oscar nominee for best international feature this year, also won best directing honors for Zbanic and the European actress prize went to star Jasna Duricic for her performance as a Bosnian translator for the UN trying to save her family from Serbian troops.
Best actor honors went to Anthony Hopkins who took the European Actor prize for his starring role in The Father, playing a man with dementia, a performance that already earned him an Oscar. The Father director Florian Zeller and co-writer Christopher Hampton also took the prize for best European screenplay.
The EFAs, one of Europe’s most prestigious cinema honors, was hosted by German actress, moderator and writer Annabelle Mandeng from a studio in Berlin, with nominees and winners joining via video link.
Flee, an animated documentary from Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, was another multiple winner, taking best European animated film, best documentary and the European University Film Award.
The EFA’s European Excellence Awards, honoring achievement in technical categories, were announced earlier. Winners include Austrian drama Great Freedom, which won best cinematography for Crystel Fournier and best original score for Nils Petter Molvær and Peter Brötzmann; best editing honors for Mukharam Kabulova for Russian feature Unclenching the Fists; best production design for Márton Ágh for Hungarian feature Natural Light; best sound design for Gisle Tveito and Gustaf Berger on Norwegian feature The Innocents; best costume design for Michael O’Connor for British period drama Ammonite; the visual effects prize for Peter Hjorth and Fredrik Nord for Lamb; and the award for best makeup and hair for Flore Masson, Olivier Afonso and Antoine Mancini for their work on Titane.
You can follow the live stream of the 34th European Film Awards online here.
And here are the winners…
Compartment No. 6, dir. Juho KuosmanenThe Father, dir. Florian ZellerThe Hand of God, dir. Paolo SorrentinoTitane, dir. Julia DucournauQuo Vadis, Aida?, dir. Jasmila Zbanic
Julia Ducornau for TitaneRadu Jude for Bad Luck Banging or Loony PornPaolo Sorrentino for The Hand of GodJasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida?Florian Zeller for The Father
Jasna Duricic in Quo Vadis, Aida?Seidi Haarla in Compartment No. 6Carey Mulligan in Promising Young WomanRenate Reinsve in The Worst Person in the WorldAgathe Rousselle in Titane
Yuriy Borisov in Compartment No. 6Anthony Hopkins in The FatherVincent Lindon in TitaneTahar Rahim in The MauritanianFranz Rogowski in Great Freedom
Radu Jude for Bad Luck Banging or Loony PornPaolo Sorrentino for The Hand of GodJoachim Trier, Eskil Vogt for The Worst Person in the WorldJasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida?Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton for The Father
Ninjababy, dir. Yngvild Sve FlikkeThe Morning After, dir. Méliane MarcaggiThe People Upstairs, dir. Cesc Gay
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Flee, dir. Jonas Poher RasmussenEven Mice Belong in Heaven, dirs.Jan Bubenicek, Denisa GrimmováThe Ape Star, dir. Linda HambackWhere is Anne Frank, dir. Ari FolmanWolfwalkers, dir. Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Babi Yar, Context, dir. Sergei LoznitsaFlee, dir. Jonas Poher RasmussenMr. Bachmann and his Class, dir. Maria SpethTaming the Garden, dir. Salomé JashiThe Most Beautiful Boy in the World, dirs. Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY — PRIX FIPRESCI
Beginning, dir. Dea KulumbegashviliLamb, dir. Valdimar JóhannssonPlayground, dir. Laura WandelPleasure, dir. Ninja ThybergPromising Young Woman, dir. Emerald FennellThe Whaler Boy, dir. Philipp Yuryev
EUROPEAN SHORT FILM
My Uncle Tudor, dir. Olga LucovnicovaBella, dir. Thelyia PetrakiDisplaced, dir. Samir KarahodaEaster Eggs, dir.Nicolas KeppensIn Flow of Words, dir. Eliane Esther Bots
LUX AUDIENCE AWARDFlee Jonas Poher RasmussenGreat Freedom Sebastian MeiseQuo Vadis, Aida? Jasmila Zbanic
EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARDMaria Ekerhovd
EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHYCrystel Fournier for Great Freedom
EUROPEAN EDITINGMukharam Kabulova for Unclenching The Fists
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNMárton Ágh for Natural Light
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNMichael O’Connor for Ammonite
EUROPEAN MAKE-UP & HAIRFlore Masson, Olivier Afonso, Antoine Mancini for Titane
EUROPEAN ORIGINAL SCORENils Petter Molvær, Peter Brötzmann for Great Freedom
EUROPEAN SOUNDGisle Tveito, Gustaf Berger for The Innocents
EUROPEAN VISUAL EFFECTSPeter Hjorth, Fredrik Nord for Lamb
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY FILM AWARDFlee, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
EUROPEAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTMárta Mészáros
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMASusanne Bier
EUROPEAN INNOVATIVE STORYTELLINGSteven McQueen for Small Axe