'Adem' receives a European Film Award for best debut film
Belgium made an impressive show at the European Film Awards. The young Flemish director Hans Van Nuffel received an award for best debut film with ‘Adem’ Breath and the award for best screenplay went to the Dardenne brothers from Liege for ‘Le gamin au vélo' the boy with the bicycle. The latter, which received no less than four nominations for Best European Film, unfortunately lost to Lars Von Triers’ ‘Melancholia’, which received eight nominations. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were not elected best directors of the year either, as the prize went to Danish director Suzanne Bier for ‘In a better world’. In short, the Danish triumphed, but the Belgians also performed well; especially with Van Nuffel’s debut award for Adem. At its international première at the World Film Festival in Montréal, it was awarded the Grand Prix des Amériques. Moreover the magazine Variety placed Van Nuffel on its list of ‘10 of the Euro directors to watch’. Van Nuffel thanked the Flemish Audiovisual Fund VAF as he had been one of the first winners of the VAF ‘wildcards’ award, a competition aimed at young talent. During the award ceremony Luc Dardenne took the opportunity to thank his actors “who transformed his script into a film”. Cécile de France was nominated best actress, but the prize went to Tilda Swinton for ‘We need to talk about Kevin’.