On the last 12th of December, the European Film Awards revealed its 2020 winners during a virtual Ceremony broadcast, streamed live from the Academy’s seat in Berlin. This event took place a few days after Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland had been elected as the new president of the European Film Academy, succeeding Wim Wenders.
Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round was the big winner of the evening with four prizes (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Danish star Mads Mikkelsen who plays a high school teacher involved into an alcohol-infused experiment).
For her part, Paula Beer won the European Actress Award for her role in Undine directed by Christian Petzold. Last February, the German actress had already been rewarded with The Golden Bear in Berlin for her reinterpretation of Undine’s myth.
The Big Hit from Emmanuel Courcol won the European Comedy Prize. Inspired by real events, this French production tells the story of an out-of-work comedian bringing together a troup of prisoners to stage.
The Romanian official proposal for the 2021 Oscars, Colectiv won European Documentary Award. Directed by Alexander Nanau, that documentary puts the spotlight on the journalistic investigation that uncovered corruption scandals in the Romanian healthcare system.
The Best Animated Feature Film Prize was attributed to Aurel’s Josep. This French-Spanish-Belgian movie tells the true story of Josep Bartoli, an anti-Franco fighter and excellent drawer, who had been imprisoned in an internment camp in France after fleeing the Franco dictatorship.