Euro­peans shower ‘Amour’ with love

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The Euro­pean Film Awards flounced into Valetta at the week­end and, to the sur­prise of no­body, handed all their choic­est good­ies to Michael Haneke’s Amour. The Palme d’Or win­ner took best film, best di­rec­tor and – for Em­manuel Riva and JeanLouis Trintig­nant – best ac­tress and best ac­tor. “It’s very pleas­ant. The re­spect of any viewer is im­por­tant to me,” Haneke said at a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the event.

Other hon­ourees in­cluded the ever-lively He­len Mir­ren who picked up a “world achieve­ment” award. In her speech, Mir­ren made cheeky ref­er­ence to com­ments made by Jeanne Moreau when col­lect­ing a sim­i­lar gong some years back. “Thank you for the great hon­our of recog­nis­ing that I, too, am a fuck­ing whore,” the unof­fi­cial Queen quipped.

Other films re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion in­cluded Steve McQueen’s Shame, which took best cine­matog­ra­phy, and To­mas Al­fred­son’s Tinker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy, which won for mu­sic and pro­duc­tion de­sign. Our own

“It’s very pleas­ant.” Amour di­rec­tor Haneke at the Euro­pean Film Awards

Jim Sheri­dan was on hand to give cin­e­matog­ra­pher Sean Bob­bit his stat­uette for Shame. In the course of the cer­e­mony, Anke En­gelke, the Ge­man host, joked that “some Amer­i­cans” might re­fer to the awards as “the what”. The EFA do, how­ever, pro­vide Euro­pean film with a wel­come boost in the pre-Os­car sea­son. It now looks pos­si­ble – let’s go no fur­ther – that Amour might break out of the for­eign-lan­guage cul-de-sac and into the main cat­e­gories at the big awards. Ms Riva, in par­tic­u­lar, should have a nice frock ready.

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