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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008 – WINNERS

The people – European people, that is – voted for Harry Potter as their favourite movie of 2008, but the professionals voted for Gomorra, the Italian drama about crime families (and perhaps Italy itself), in this year’s European Film Awards, presented in Copenhagen on December 6.

Gomorra swept the major awards at this year’s European Film Awards, except for Best Actress, which was awarded to Kristin Scott Thomas for her profoundly melancholy and haunting performance as a recently released prisoner in I’ve Loved You So Long, which opens in Australia on Boxing Day.

In Gomorra, director Matteo Garrone “finds marvellous, dark, symbolic and poetic images in the appalling and decrepit urban-rural sprawl of Naples,” writes film critic Andrew O’Hehir, “where Chinese immigrants live in a building that's missing exterior walls and a pair of hit men stalking their prey must plod ankle-deep through the muck of an ox-shed. While his movie is about one crime-plagued city (the Camorra is believed responsible for 4,000 murders in Naples since the 1970s), it's hard to avoid seeing it as a broader commentary on Italy's recent social and political paralysis.”

EUROPEAN FILM 2008
GOMORRA (Gomorrah)
directed by Matteo Garrone, written by Maurizio Bracci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano; produced by Fandango, RAI Cinema

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2008

Matteo Garrone for GOMORRA (Gomorrah)

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2008
Toni Servillo in GOMORRA (Gomorrah) and IL DIVO

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2008
Kristin Scott Thomas in IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME (I’ve Loved You So Long)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2008
Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano for GOMORRA (Gomorrah)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2008
Marco Onorato for GOMORRA (Gomorrah)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY PRIX D’EXCELLENCE 2008
Magdalena Biedrzycka for costume design, KATYN

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2008
Max Richter for WALTZ WITH BASHIR

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2008
HUNGER
directed by Steve McQueen
written by Enda Walsh & Steve McQueen

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY CRITICS’ AWARD 2008 - Prix FIPRESCI
Abdellatif Kechiche
for LA GRAINE ET LE MULET (The Secret of the Grain / Couscous)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2008 - Pix ARTE
RENÉ by Helena Trestikova

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2008 - Prix UIP
FRANKIE by Darren Thornton

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dame Judi Dench

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2008
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier, and Thomas Vinterberg

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2008
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
directed by David Yates
written by Michael Goldenberg

Published December 11, 2008
 

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Gomorra


Matteo Garrone accepting the award


Steve McQueen accepting his Discovery Award


Kristin Scott-Thomas in I've Loved You So Long


Judi Dench - Lifetime Achievement Award







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