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European Film Awards handed out in Berlin

12-06-2011 10:23 BJT

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"Melancholia" and "The King's Speech" were the main winners at the 24th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, with accolades also given for "The Artist" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin."

Controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier's look at depression within an impending apocalyptic setting, "Melancholia", won European Film Award, Cinematographer Award and European Production Designer award.

"Melancholia" had entered the ceremony with eight nominations, twice as many as any other film.

2011 multiple Oscar-winning "The King's Speech", the inspirational story of King George VI of Britain and his speech impediment, received awards for European Actor award for Colin Firth's portrayal of George VI, as well as European Editor Award and The People's Choice Award for the director Tom Hooper's film.

Writer-director Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of author Lionel Shriver's acclaimed book "We Need To Talk About Kevin" saw actress Tilda Swinton pick up the European Actress 2011 Award for her portrayal of Eva, a mother coping after her teenage son's murderous actions.

Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius's silent film "The Artist" about silent movie star George Valentin who wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, until he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break, won composer Ludovic Bource the European Composer 2011 Award.

Other winners included European Director Award winner Susanne Bier for "In A Better World", European Documentary Award for "Pina" by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Stephen Frears.

The awards -- voted on by more than 2,500 members of the European Film Academy -- are dedicated to celebrating excellence and diversity in European Cinema and have returned to Berlin after taking place in the Estonian capital last year.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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