It was plain crusing at this 12 months’s European movie awards in Reykjavík for Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Ostlund’s luxurious yacht-set satire of western entitlement and self-regard, which received finest movie in addition to three different main prizes.
The Swedish director, quick changing into an EFAs favorite, additionally took finest director and finest screenwriter so as to add to his six European awards for his 2017 art-world roast The Sq.. Veteran Croatian actor Zlatko Burić scooped finest actor for his function as a Russian fertiliser magnate who turns into an unlikely revolutionary aboard Ostlund’s puke-swilling ship of fools.
Ostlund absolutely would have appreciated the truth that the 35th awards, the primary bodily version for 3 years after the Covid pandemic, happened at Reykjavik’s Harpa Live performance Corridor, an upscale glass bastion on the Icelandic capital’s harbour with greater than a whiff of globalised privilege.
Nonetheless, after the previous few subdued ceremonies, this 12 months’s European movie awards renewed their repute for direct political engagement; its conventional USP in comparison with the extra superficial Oscars.
Within the European co-production award, it confirmed its help for Ukrainian film-makers throughout the present battle by recognising not one manufacturing, however the nation’s total business. Accepting the prize, producer Darya Bassel referred to Dziga Vertov’s 1929 experimental Man with a Film Digital camera, which although considered a Soviet traditional was filmed partly in Kiev, Kharkiv and Odessa: Kiev and Odessa: “Its identification was stolen,” she claimed. “Identical to the identification of our tradition is underneath risk at present.”
The European Movie Academy doubled up on solidarity for Ukraine by giving finest documentary to Mariupol 2, whose Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius was allegedly killed by Russian forces in April. His daughter acquired a standing ovation as she instructed friends: “He misplaced his life within the form of selflessness most of us can’t hope to attain, delivering drugs to folks.”
With Ukrainian cinema infrastructure now largely destroyed, Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and director of the European Movie Academy, spoke of the necessity not simply to rebuild for the nation’s film-makers, however to construct capability to help European film-makers caught in any form of battle zone.
A brand new award for sustainability went to the European Fee’s European Inexperienced Deal initiative, which goals to cut back emissions on the continent by 55% by 2030; by the funding arm Inventive Europe, it hopes to attain a portion of these from the movie and TV industries.
European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen recognised that, past tackling their carbon footprint, movie and tv had a number one function to play in mobilising the plenty within the local weather disaster. “They will make folks embrace a trigger, and that’s what we’d like proper now. You might have the facility to vary hearts and minds,” Von der Leyen instructed the assembled crowd.
However one of many award’s three presenters, a younger Icelander known as Vilhjálmur, warned that symbolic gestures had been inadequate and that cinema needed to make its dedication concrete. “It’s not adequate,” he identified. “Subsequent 12 months, we would like it to go to a selected manufacturing.” All of the youth-voted prizes had a radical urgency, with Jerzy Skolimowski’s psychedelic donkey odyssey EO taking the European college movie award and Cyril Dion’s anti-speciesist inquest Animal the younger viewers award.
Away from Triangle of Disappointment’ clear sweep, Vicky Krieps took finest actress for her function as constrained 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Marie Kreutzer’s Corsage. In the meantime, New German Cinema luminary Margarethe von Trotta turned the third girl within the awards’ 34-year historical past to win the lifetime achievement award, and Elia Suleiman provided a rambling homily about his profession after bagging the world cinema achievement gong. European Movie Academy chairman Mike Downey was readily available to state his qualities extra exactly: “You ridicule statehood and ideologies, however you’re so tender with folks.”
Although Triangle of Disappointment is technically a UK co-production, British cinema had a threadbare evening. It solely secured a brace of technical awards – manufacturing and costume design – for Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical memoir Belfast, with Paul Mescal lacking out on finest actor for his efficiency in 90s drama Aftersun.
The socio-political seriousness was offset by concentrated doses of Icelandic quirk from its presenters, artist Hugleikur Dagsson and actor Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, who cocking a snock on the uptight Oscars inspired winners to go so long as doable of their speeches: “When you thank God, you additionally should thank the satan.” With a number of presenters struggling to prise open the profitable envelopes, the Icelandic glue business additionally acquired an sudden increase.
Full listing of awards
Finest movie Triangle of Disappointment
Finest comedy The Good Boss
European Discovery (Fipresci prize) Small Physique
Finest documentary Mariupolis 2
Finest animated characteristic No Canine or Italians Allowed
Finest quick movie Granny’s Sexual Life
Finest director Ruben Ostlund, Triangle of Disappointment
Finest actress Vicky Krieps, Corsage
Finest actor Zlatko Burić, Triangle of Disappointment
Finest screenwriter Ruben Ostlund, Triangle of Disappointment
Finest cinematography The Quiet Lady
Finest enhancing Burning Days
Finest manufacturing design Belfast
Finest costume design Belfast
Finest hair & make-up All Quiet on the Western Entrance
Finest authentic rating EO
Finest sound The Gap
Finest visible results All Quiet on the Western Entrance
EFA lifetime achievement award Margarethe von Trotta
European achievement in world cinema Elia Suleiman
European modern storytelling Marco Bellocchio
European co-production award (Prix Eurimages) Ukraine
European college movie award EO
Younger viewers award Animal
Sustainability award European Inexperienced Deal