Romanian film wins top European awards

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2 December 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Christian Mungiu's film 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which takes a humane look at life under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was chosen best film at the European Film Awards on Saturday. The Romanian filmmaker also won the best director award for his work that dramatizes perils to women in situations where abortion is neither safe nor legal. The decision was greeted with loud applause by the audience at the star-studded ceremony in the German capital. The film, which won the Go

2 December 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Christian Mungiu's film 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which takes a humane look at life under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was chosen best film at the European Film Awards on Saturday.

The Romanian filmmaker also won the best director award for his work that dramatizes perils to women in situations where abortion is neither safe nor legal.

The decision was greeted with loud applause by the audience at the star-studded ceremony in the German capital. The film, which won the Golden Palm in Cannes, will be Romania's entry at next year's Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Helen Mirren was crowned best actress for her role as Britain's Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' film The Queen. The British star beat five rivals to add the Berlin honour to the Oscar and Venice Film Festival awards she won earlier in the year.

   A total of 15 prizes were up for grabs at the 20th European Film Awards hosted by French actress Emmanuelle Beart and German actor Jan Josef Liefers.

   Israeli Sasson Gabai was picked as best European actor for his role in The Band's Visit, where he plays the leader of an Egyptian police band that lands in Israel as part of a goodwill cultural visit.

   Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore's La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) won the People's Choice Award, while the European Film Academy's prize for the best short film of 2007 went to Alumbramiento by Spanish director Eduardo-Chapero Jackson.

   Veteran actresses Jan Moreau and Liv Ullmann were among those present at the glittering ceremony, along with German directors Wim Wenders and Volker Schloendorff.

   German-Turkish director Fatih Akin won best screenwriter prize for The Edge of Heaven, which along with The Queen and The Last King of Scotland was among six movies considered for the European Film 2007 award.

The German film Perfume - The Story of a Murder, directed by Tom Tykwer, picked up two awards for best cinematography and best production design.

   Veteran French director Jean-Luc Goddard, whose works include Breathless, Le Mepris (Contempt) and Pierrot Le Fou, was honoured in his absence with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the cinema.

   German Michael Ballhaus, one of the world's most successful cinematographers with credits that include Goodfellas, The Colour of Money and The Fabulous Baker Boys, was honoured with a European Achievement in World Cinema award.

DPA

Subject: German news

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