The 26th European Film Awards took place Saturday in Berlin. (View the livestream here.) The winners are listed in full below. "The Great Beauty" led the field, collecting four awards, for Best Film, Director (Paolo Sorrentino), Actor (Toni Servillo) and Editor (Cristiano Travaglioli) for Italy's Oscar entry. Veerle Baetens took home Best Actress for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium's Oscar entry.
Ari Folman won best animated feature for "The Congress"; Denmark's Susanne Bier won Best Comedy for "Love is All You Need"; and Best Documentary went to Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar short-listed "Act of Killing," which is racking up wins.
Ruben Alves' French/Portugese co-production "The Gilded Cage" won the European Film Awards People's Choice Award 2013.
The European Film Awards is a great demonstration--unlike Cannes, for example--of how English has indeed become the international language. Wim Wenders' gave a moving tribute to life achievement award winner Catherine Deneuve, who keeps us wanting to get closer to discover the secret mystery in her eyes. "That is the secret," he said. "I'm still here doing films," said Deneuve to a standing ovation.
Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar accepted the award for European Achievement in World Cinema.
Romanian producer Ada Solomon ("Child's Pose") took home a special award celebrating a co-producer in a country experiencing a New Wave. "It always seems impossible until it's done," she quotes Nelson Mandela. "This is the award of all the co-producers and co-producing initiatives where I grew up and met my partners and the award with the people I have been sharing dreams who were convinced by my dreams and made them happen."
"The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)
Paolo Sorrentino "The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)
Veerle Baetens "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium)
Toni Servillo "The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)
Francois Ozon for "In the House" (France)
European Animated Feature Film
"The Congress" by Ari Folman (Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Belgium)
"Love is All You Need" by Susanne Bier (Denmark)
European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI
"Oh Boy!, Jan Ole Gerster" (Germany)
"The Act of Killing" by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark/Norway/UK)