On the Belgian side, the young prodigy Lukas Dhont, also nominated four times with his second feature film, Closeleaves the Icelandic capital empty-handed.
In the “Best Film” category, Without filtera bitter comedy about the class struggle and Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival, competed against Close but also Alcarras by Carla Simon Bodice by Marie Kreutzer and holy spider of Ali Abbasi.
At the very beginning of the ceremony, Ruben Östlund, on stage to receive the Award for Best Director, his first prize of the evening, paid tribute to Charlbi Dean, actress of Without filter, died suddenly last August at the age of 32. “I dedicate this award to Charlbi Dean. Please try to watch the movie and focus on his performance. Worth paying homage to his legacy“, invited the Swede.
A little later, it was Croat-Danish Zlatko Buric’s turn to be crowned “Best Actor” for his role in Without filter. He competed in particular against Eden Dabrine, on the poster of Close. “I’ve done my best for many years and it’s good to have that hand holding. Wow, I don’t have to stop yet“, he rejoiced.
Along with this shower of awards for Without filterLuxembourg’s Vicky Krieps won the Best Actress Award on Saturday evening for her portrayal of Empress Sissi in the film Bodice by Marie Kreutzer, a feature film that won her the Best Actor Award in the Un Certain Regard section last May at Cannes.
Another Belgian in the running, Emmanuelle Nicot, was beaten to the post in the “European Discovery Prize” section by Small Body by Laura Samani. The Comedy Prize went to The Good Boss by Fernando Leon de Aranoa.
As for the “animation” and “short film” Awards, they were respectively awarded to Forbidden to dogs and Italians by Alain Ughetto and Granny’s Sex Life by Urska Djukic and Émilie Pigeard.
On the documentary side, Mariupolis 2 de Mantas Kvedaravicius stood out against his competitors.
Returned to Ukraine, in the Donbass, at the heart of the war to find the people he had met and filmed between 2014 and 2015, the director was killed last April in Mariupol.
The ceremony was also marked by a poignant moment when the Eurimages prize for co-production was awarded to all Ukrainian producers. A Ukrainian flag that read “Free Maksym Butkevych” (Ukrainian human rights activist captured by Russian forces, Editor’s note) was agitated in the room.
“It is a great honor to represent all Ukrainian producers here to receive this award during the turbulent and tragic times that Ukraine is going through.“said producer Darya Bassel.
During the evening, honorary prizes were also awarded to Palestinian director Elia Suleiman and German actress and director Margarethe von Trotta.
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“Without filter” multi-awarded at the European Films Awards