Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Dominates European Film Awards

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by Cain Rodriguez
December 3, 2012 10:44 AM
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As we head into December, we head deeper into awards season and that means accolades bestowed upon films deemed worthy. Over the weekend, the European Film Awards were handed out with Michael Haneke’s “Amour” leading the night with wins in the four major categories: best film, director, actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and actress (Emmanuelle Riva).

The last time the minister of fear was nominated was for 2009’s “The White Ribbon,” which similarly won best film and director while riding a wave of acclaim all the way to the Kodak Theatre as it was nominated for Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography. It seems likely that “Amour” will be a major figure in the Foreign Film race this season too as it, like Haneke’s 2009 film, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and Austria selected the film as its official entry into the Oscar category.

Our reviewer called the film “a tough, harrowing picture but also on that, curiously, remains optimistic and full of heart.” North American audiences will get some holiday cheer, Haneke-style, when “Amour” hits theater in limited release beginning on December 19th. Check out the list of other EFA winners below. [Indiewire]

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
AMOUR
France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
Written & directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz
 
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Michael Haneke for AMOUR
 
EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR
 
EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR
 
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2012:
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)
 
CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2012:
Sean Bobbitt for SHAME
 
EUROPEAN EDITOR 2012:
Joe Walker for SHAME
 
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2012:
Maria Djurkovic for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
 
EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2012:
Alberto Iglesias for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
 
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI:
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)
 
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012:
HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)
 
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)
 
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2012:
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania
 
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2012 - Prix EURIMAGES:
Helena Danielsson, Sweden
 
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012:
Dame Helen Mirren, UK
 
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
 
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012:
HASTA LA VISTA (Come As You Are)
directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven

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