After Reykjavik last year, it is Berlin’s turn to host the European Cinema Awards, as every year.
Organized by the European Cinema Academy in the German capital just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1988, the event celebrates European cinema and diversity.
The competition was fierce this year, but it went to French director Justine Triet. Anatomy of a FallIt came first with awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinema and Best Actress for Sandra Hüller.
The story focuses on a writer who is suspected of her husband’s death and whose trial will reveal her affair and her identity as a woman.
“I think there is freedom in Europe that needs to be protected, that needs to be protected, it’s a wonderful thing,” Justine Triet told euronews.
“[It’s] a freedom of expression, a freedom to really say what you think, which is actually quite rare when you travel around the world, you realize that’s very valuable.”
Sandra Hüller also stars InterestA chilling movie about the family life of the commander-in-chief of Auschwitz, showing humanity in all its horror without showing anything about the camp.
Despite the applause, this time the cinema missed the award.
Speaking to Euronews, the German actor praised the team behind the European Cinema Academy.
“It’s a fantastic thing, and I think everyone working behind the scenes – because it’s such quiet but important work – has done a fantastic job of getting us all here to meet and meet and discuss interesting topics.” Sandra Hüller said.
The awards also showcased the European theme through films depicting world and European events.
Green Border Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland’s realistic portrayal of the plight of immigrants trapped between Belarus and Poland. The cinema has come under criticism from conservatives and the Polish far right.
“We live in a reality that is bold and confronts different issues, not just directly political but also political,” Agnieszka Holland explained.
Inside I am captainItalian filmmaker Matteo Garrone puts us in the shoes of two young men from Dakar who leave everything behind and travel to Europe in the hope of building a better future for themselves.
Speaking to Euronews, Matteo Garrone said, “Cinema also tries to tell the story, to give the audience an experience, to empathize with the audience and the characters and to give them the opportunity to live this journey.” said.
He was eventually nominated but fell short fallen leavesAn eternal poetic love film directed by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, one of Europe’s leading auteurs.