Big beasts grab Euro film gongs

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Two big film events took place last week­end. The Euro­pean Film Awards, touch­ing down in Ber­lin this year, handed out its best film gong to Lars Von Trier’s Me­lan­cho­lia. “I should say from Lars that he has no state­ment for you,” the di­rec­tor’s wife, who ac­cepted the stat­uette, de­clared with char­ac­ter­is­tic Von Trier play­ful­ness. “But he did ask that I should wave to you in a kind and gen­tle way.” The big act­ing prizes went to Tilda Swin­ton for We Need to Talk About Kevin and (a tad be­lat­edly) Colin Firth for The King’s Speech.

There was a shock at the Bri­tish Independent Film Awards when Paddy Con­si­dine’s gru­elling Tyran­nosaur beat Kevin, Shame and Tinker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy to the best film prize and Olivia Col­man shut out favourite Swin­ton to take best ac­tress. Less sur­pris­ingly, Michael Fass­ben­der, al­ready a vic­tor at Venice, picked up best ac­tor for Shame.

A pe­rusal of that list con­firms 2011 as a true an­nus mirabilis for Bri­tish cinema.

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