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Tidal wave in favour of Anatomy of a Fall at the European Film Awards

2023-12-10T10:38:55.252Z

Highlights: Tidal wave in favour of Anatomy of a Fall at the European Film Awards. Best Film, Director, Screenplay... Justine Triet's Palme d'Or, "overwhelmed by the fate of her film", left nothing to her rivals on Saturday in Berlin. This bodes well for the race for Oscar nominations.. From our reporter in Berlin, For 35 years, the European film Awards have rewarded the best of arthouse cinema from the Old Continent. After having praised the Palme D'Or for Sans Filtre in Reykjavik last year, its members have reserved a tidal wave this Saturday inBerlin.


Best Film, Director, Screenplay... Justine Triet's Palme d'Or, "overwhelmed by the fate of her film", left nothing to her rivals on Saturday in Berlin. This bodes well for the race for Oscar nominations.


From our reporter in Berlin,

For 35 years, the European Film Awards have rewarded the best of arthouse cinema from the Old Continent. After having praised the Palme d'Or for Sans Filtre in Reykjavik last year, its members have reserved a tidal wave this Saturday in Berlin, for Anatomy of a Fall. Like its predecessor Sans Filtre, Justine Triet's Palme d'Or achieved the grand slam: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress... This tidal wave left nothing to its rivals and completes Justine Triet's well-stocked collection.

Anatomy of a Fallwon six statuettes. The Palme d'Or first won the Best Screenplay Award. "Mypartner Arthur Harari and I wrote this story about a couple whose relationship no longer works, when everything becomes a negotiation, from the most trivial to the most fundamental. Raising a child, time for yourself, sexuality. I wanted this crisis to be seen through the eyes of a child," said its author Justine Triet, while her partner congratulated, via zoom, on a European prize for this polyglot and borderless Palme d'Or, worn by a German actress who speaks French and English.

This was followed by the award for directing. "I wrote this film for my actress Sandra Hüller, her voice, her body. I didn't want to make his character a victim. She is judged by her independence, her sexuality, her creativity. Qualities that pass in a man, not in a woman. She succeeds where her husband failed," said Justine Triet. The coronation of its actress Sandra Hüller was not long in coming. The German actress was also nominated for her chilling performance as a Nazi housewife in Jonathan Glazer's The Area of Interest. In her acceptance speech, she asked for a few moments of silence to "imagine peace together."

When her victory in the top category for Best Film was announced, Justine Triet exclaimed, "That's a lot," before thanking her charismatic producer Marie-Ange Luciani. The last few weeks have been triumphant for the director, who has won numerous awards in the United States (Gotham Awards, National Board Of Review, New York critics' circle) and in England.

Justine Triet and Sandra Hüller ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

'Overwhelmed by the success of the film'

This dynamic on the other side of the Atlantic and this win at the European Film Awards confirm that Anatomy of a Fall, which is doing well at the box office in the United States, appeals to all audiences. The film has the potential to create an upset at the Oscars. If the legal thriller was not selected by the CNC to represent France at the Oscar for best foreign film, it can hope to shine in the general categories. Experts believe that Anatomy of a Fall has a good chance of garnering nominations in the Best Screenplay or Best Film sections at the end of January.

In the press room, Justine Triet said she was "overwhelmed by the fate of her film" and "ready to start" the long-distance race that is the campaign for Oscar nominations. The CNC's disappointment is a thing of the past. "This decision was made by a handful of officials. But Anatomy of a Fall touched countless spectators," said Sandra Hüller.

The Area of Interest and The Dead Leaves Empty-handed

An unfortunate competitor to Anatomy of a Fall at Cannes and in this awards season, Jonathan Glazer's Area of Interest, which explores the banality of evil in Auschwitz, was unable to convert any of its five nominations. Just like the melancholic idyll Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki. The award for Best Actor went to Denmark's Mads Mikkelsen for the historical drama The Promised Land, about the 18th-century stubbornness of a captain who sets out to conquer a Danish moorland that is reputed to be uncultivable. The lucky winner was absent, held up in Tokyo.

Already winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, Molly Manning Walker walked away with the trophy for Best Discovery for How To Have Sex on the injunctions that teenagers face in terms of sexuality. "By making this film, we hoped it would be seen. We didn't realise how sadly so many spectators would recognise themselves in the abuse suffered by Tara," said the Briton. She returned to the stage to receive the statuette for the Young European Award for Scrapper, directed by her friend Charlotte Reagan, for whom she was responsible for the cinematography.

A vintage of nominees marked by conflict and heartbreak

In addition to this award, Matthijs Wouter Knol, president of the European Film Academy in charge of the ceremony, remembers "a 2023 vintage under the sign of frenzy, marked by the emergence of many European territories and a presence increasingly marked on screen by war, conflict, violence, a feeling of being sidelined". He explains: "Everythingthat happens in the news infuses the films we have seen. Is it a coincidence that two of this year's flagship feature films, I, Captain and Green Frontier, are about the daily struggle for survival of migrants and people thrown into exile on an odyssey they didn't always choose? Others, such as Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest, emphasize the dichotomy between the private sphere, family life, and what happens in the outside world."

"Complex characters parade by and ask us: What do we believe in? What are our values? Our priorities? What is the basis for our decisions?" adds Matthijs Wouter Knol, who welcomes a near parity (40%) between male and female directors and the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers with a sure start. Like Molly Manning Walker. The European Film Awards take place every other year in Berlin. This 36th edition saw the gala return to Berlin for the first time since 2019 (covid obliges). As prophesied by Matthijs Wouter Knol, the evening paid tribute to its host city. The master of ceremonies insisted on the need to vote in the European elections next June.

"But the role ofEuropean cinema in building a bridge between our member countries has never been more essential, at a time when incomprehension and mistrust are growing, when our citizens prefer to abandon themselves to stereotypes rather than their curiosity," concludes Matthijs Wouter Knol, who points out that the primary role of his Academy is to enable filmmakers and artists of all nationalities to help each other and facilitate co-production projects.

Winners of the 36th European Film Awards

Best Film: Anatomy of a Fall

Best Director: Justine Triet for Anatomy of a Fall

Best Screenplay Award: Anatomy of a Fall

Best Actress: Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall

Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen for The Promised Land

Price of the assembly: Anatomy of a fall

Art Direction Award: The Promised Land

Special Effects Award: The Snow Circle

Sound Price: The Area of Interest

Set Design Award: The Chimera

Make-up and Hairstyling Award: The Snow Circle

Costume Awards: The Promised Land

Original Soundtrack Award: Club Zero

Animated Film Award: Robot Dreams

Film4climate Award: Güler Sabancı

Discovery Award: How To Have Sex

EuropeanUniversity Film Award: Anatomy of a Fall

Young Europeans Award: Scrapper

Best Short Film Award: Hardly Working

Documentary Award: Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Honorary Awards: Vanessa Redgrave, Béla Tarr and Isabel Coixet

Source: lefigaro

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