Aug 192016

2016: 29th European Film Awards
On 10 December 2016, the 29th European Film Awards will be celebrated in Wroclaw/Poland, European Capital of Culture 2016

Writer/Creative Director: Maria von Heland

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Aug 192016

Directed by Nadja Zonsarowa (TV) & Maria von Heland (Stage)
Written by Maria von Heland


From the Guardian:

The role of the film industry in maintaining and improving connections between nations was a theme highlighted throughout the evening in what became a surprisingly politically-charged ceremony. The night’s host, German TV presenter and comedian Thomas Hermanns, defined freedom as “being connected to each other” and stated that “there is no art without inclusion”.

The EFA chairwoman, Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland, presented a selection of awards with president Wim Wenders and expressed her “deep concern about Europe” in an emotive speech.

“We must not forget that the films we make cannot be separated from the world that we live in,” she said. “I made several movies about the second world war, a time when Europe was riddled with hate and I don’t want it to return.”

Wenders went on to reminisce about the tyranny of the Berlin wall. “It seems like we’re going back in time and we can’t let this happen,” he said. “We must stand up and remember that nothing good has ever come from fear.”

Russian court jails Ukrainian film-maker for 20 years over terror offences.
Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl came on stage to pay tribute to Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film-maker imprisoned in Russia for “terror offences”, after a trial described by Amnesty International as “redolent of Stalinist-era show trials”. After reading out a powerful statement from Sentsov, Brühl said: “Oleg we will not forget you and we will keep on supporting you and your family.”

There were a number of attempts throughout the show to highlight the diversity of the European film industry and of Berlin itself with Hermanns speaking to various members of the audience about their multicultural background and, in one unlikely segment, dancing through the streets with Berliners of mixed heritage.

Roy Andersson , Winner: European Comedy
Carlos Areces, Presenter
Laura Birn, Presenter
Daniel Brühl, Presenter
Michael Caine, Winner: Best Actor & Honorary Award
Jesper Christensen, Presenter
Isabel Coixet, Presenter
Laia Costa, Nominee: Best Actress
Javier Cámara, Presenter
Stephen Daldry , Presenter
Grigoriy Dobrygin, Presenter
Sasson Gabai , Presenter
Jakub Gierszal, Presenter
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, Film Patron: Victoria
Martin Gschlacht, Winner: European Cinematographer Prix Carlo di Palma
Johan Heldenbergh , Presenter
Thomas Hermanns, Host
Agnieszka Holland, Presenter
Sebi Jaeger,  Dancer
Asif Kapadia, Winner: European Documentary
Reda Kateb, Presenter
Peter Keglevic, Presenter
Burghart Klaußner, Musician
Johannes Kuhnke, Presenter
Yorgos Lanthimos, Winner: European Screenwriter
Ulrich Matthes, Presenter
Andrea Occhipinti , Winner: European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages
François Ozon, Presenter
Pawel Pawlikowski, Presenter
Charlotte Rampling, Winner: Best Actress & Lifetime Achievement Award
Elisa Sednaoui,Presenter
Alexander Skarsgård, Presenter: European Achievement in World Cinema
Paolo Sorrentino, Winner: European Director & European Film
Carice van Houten, Presenter
Christoph Waltz, Winner: European Achievement in World Cinema
Wim Wenders ,  Presenter
Jürgen Biesinger,  executive producer
Marion Döring, producer
Kriton Klingler-Ioannides, Music

‘Youth’ Takes Top Prizes at European Film Awards 2015: Complete Winners List

by Ed Meza for VARIETY
Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” took three top awards at the 28th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, winning best European film, director and actor for Michael Caine.

The drama, which premiered in Cannes and was the evening’s favorite, centers on a retired orchestra conductor (Caine) contemplating the indignities of growing old during his stay at a posh Swiss resort with his old friend (Harvey Keitel). It was Sorrentino’s second major win at the European Film Awards. His drama “The Great Beauty” swept the awards in 2013, winning five awards, including picture, director and actor.

Accepting his award, Caine quipped,“In 50 years I’ve never won an award in Europe and tonight I’ve won two.”

Caine also became only the third recipient of the Honorary Award of the European Film Academy President and Board, which the Academy previously bestowed on founding member Manoel de Oliveira and Michel Piccoli.

Charlotte Rampling took the actress prize for Andrew Haigh’s drama “45 Years,” about a married couple about to celebrate their 45th anniversary when they are suddenly shaken by a letter that arrives for the husband. Rampling was also honored with the European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roy Andersson’s quirky and episodic Golden Lion-winning “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” the final part of a trilogy on the human condition, was named best comedy.

Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” an intimate look at late singer Amy Winehouse,” won the documentary award, while Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou took the screenplay prize for “The Lobster,” the darkly comic fantasy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea,” about a young Irish boy and his little sister who can turn into a seal, picked up the animated feature film award.

The People’s Choice Award went to Alberto Rodriguez’s 1980-set Spanish crime drama “Marshland.”

Christoph Waltz picked up the European Achievement in World Cinema for his international contribution to film.
Italian producer and distributor Andrea Occhipinti of Rome-based Lucky Red was awarded the Prix Eurimages.

The ceremony took time midway through the show to call attention to the plight of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Speaking on behalf of the European Film Academy, German actor Daniel Bruhl offered support for the filmmaker, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The Academy has asked Nikita Mikhalkov, president of Russia’s association of filmmakers, to join in the international protest and help the Ukrainian filmmaker.

Some 900 guests attended the awards ceremony at Berlin’s Haus der Berliner Festspiele, most of whom headed over to the glitzy aftershow party at the nearby Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm.

The full list of winners and nominees follows.

Best European Film
“The Lobster”
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”
“Youth” — Winner

Best European Actress
Margherita Buy, “Mia Madre”
Laia Costa, “Victoria”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years” — Winner
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Rachel Weisz, “Youth”

Best European Actor
Michael Caine, “Youth” — Winner
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Christian Friedel, “13 Minutes”
Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”

Best European Director
Malgorzata Szumowska, “Body”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Nanni Moretti, “Mia Madre”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Sebastian Schipper, “Victoria”
Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth” — Winner

People’s Choice Award 2015

Best European Comedy
“The Belier Family”
“The Brand New Testament”
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” — Winner

Best European Documentary
“Amy” — Winner
“Dancing with Maria”
“The Look of Silence”
“A Syrian Love Story”
“Toto and His Sisters”

European Achievement in World Cinema (Honorary Award)
Christoph Waltz

Fipresci Prize – Best European Discovery
“Goodnight Mommy”
“Mustang” — Winner
“Slow West”
“Summers Downstairs”

Best European Animated Feature
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“Song of the Sea” — Winner

Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board
Michael Caine

Best European Short
“Field Study”
“Kung Fury”
“Our Body”
“Picnic” — Winner
“The Runner”
“Smile, and the World Will Smile Back”
“Son of the Wolf”
“Symbolic Threats”
“This Place We Call Our Home”
“The Translator”

Best European Screenwriter
Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu, “Aferim!”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, “The Lobster” — Winner
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”

TECHNICAL WINNERS (previously announced)

Best European Cinematographer
Martin Gschlacht, “Goodnight Mommy”

Best European Editor
Jacek Drosio, “Body”

Best European Composer
Cat’s Eyes, “The Duke of Burgundy”

Best European Production Designer
Sylvie Olive, “The Brand New Testament”

Best European Costume Designer
Sarah Blenkinsop, “The Lobster”

Best European Sound Designer
Vasco Pimentel and Miguel Martins, “Arabian Nights”


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Jan 212015
Riga, 13 December 2014
WRITTEN by Maria von Heland and Thomas Herrmans

On a stage with a gigantic projection flower installation bathed in spheric lights, host Thomas Hermanns welcomed the 1,000 guests at Riga’s Latvian National Opera to the 27th European Film Awards. The German comedian introduced himself as an openly gay German comedian and promised full-service hosting which included a baggage check at the entrance and the serving of drinks to guests on the balcony and in front of the stage.
Dutch actor Barry Atsma and his Romanian colleague Ada Condeescu announced the European Discovery 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI which went to THE TRIBE by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The Ukrainian director confessed that he was not prepared to receive the evening’s first award and dedicated it to the deaf community.
Short Film 2014 went to THE CHICKEN by Una Gunjak. Visibly touched, the director thanked all her collaborators and dedicated the award to her mother.
EFA President Wim Wenders held a speech honouring Steve McQueen, recipient of the EFA’s European Achievement in World Cinema Award, as a man who “with only three films has already become legendary”.
Dutch actress Silvia Hoeks next presented European Screenwriter 2014, an award that went to Pawel Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz for IDA.
European Documentary 2014, presented by actress Tanja Ribic (Slovenia) and actor Branko Ðuric (Bosnia & Herzegovina), went to MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Marc Bauder. Stating that all nominated documentaries would have deserved the award, the German director thanked his wife and the academy members.
Latvian actress Rezija Kalnina welcomed Europe to her home country and presented the award European Animated Feature Film 2014 to the Italian film THE ART OF HAPPINESS by Alessandro Rak who dedicated the film to his cousins.
Italian actor Luca Zingaretti presented the European Co-production Award – Prix EURIMAGES to Ed Guiney and French actress Ariane Labed announced the reciepient of the award European Actor 2014: Timothy Spall in MR. TURNER. The British actor stated that it was so surprising to him that he “wore silly shoes because I wanted to cheer myself up”.
Austrian actor Tobias Moretti came on stage to present the jury awards which had been previously announced.
Next was the legendary Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann who presented the nominated directors in five individual laudatory speeches addressing them individually and creating one of the emotional highlights of the evening. European Director 2014 went to Pawel Pawlikowski for IDA, his second award this evening. The Polish director was moved by receiving the award from the hands of Liv Ullmann and thanked the other nominees for “being losers – this time”.
RIGA2014 ambassadors Gustavs Terzens and Marta Selecka then came onstage and announced the People’s Choice Award 2014, again for IDA. Thomas Hermanns next shared the nightmares he had when asked to host the show which included doing a dance number in pink leg warmers for Lars von trier and led to a show element that can only be experienced, never described.
The Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau announced Marion Cotillard in TWO DAY, ONE NIGHT as winner of the European Actress 2014 award and Polish actor Andrzej Chyra presented European Comedy 2014. The award went to THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER by Pierfrancesco Diliberto who said that he was so sure to lose that he “bet money on the Spanish movie”. He dedicated his award to the victims of the Mafia.
EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland held the laudatory speech for Agnès Varda, recipient of the EFA Lifetime Achievement Award. To standing ovations, the French director “Oh, lala” begged the audience to sit down and expressed her joy at receiving the award. “More women should be chosen,” she said.
Presenting the nominees for European Film 2014 were actors Johannes Kuhnke (FORCE MAJEURE) and Alexey Serebryakov (LEVIATHAN), actress Melisa Sözen (WINTER SLEEP), cinematographer Lukasz Zal (IDA) and producer Marie Gade (NYMPHOMANIAC). The award finally went to IDA, the big winner of the night.The winners of the European Film Awards 2014 areEUROPEAN FILM 2014
Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski
Written by: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Produced by: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł & Ewa PuszczyńskaEUROPEAN COMEDY 2014
THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER (La mafia uccide solo d’estate) by Pierfrancesco DilibertoEUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
THE TRIBE (Plemya) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy


THE ART OF HAPPINESS (L’arte della felicitá) by Alessandro Rak

THE CHICKEN by Una Gunjak

Paweł Pawlikowski for IDA

Marion Cotillard in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit)

Timothy Spall in MR. TURNER

Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz for IDA

Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski for IDA

Justine Wright for LOCKE

Claus-Rudolf Amler for THE DARK VALLEY (Das Finstere Tal)

Natascha Curtius-Noss for THE DARK VALLEY (Das Finstere Tal)

Mica Levi for UNDER THE SKIN

Joakim Sundström for STARRED UP

Agnès Varda

Steve McQueen

Ed Guiney

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2014 for Best European Film
IDA by Paweł Pawlikowski

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Feb 052013

Held in Malta December 1st. Co-directed and co-written by Maria von Heland

Host Anke Engelke

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Jan 242012


Produced by  Marion Döring and Jürgen Biesinger

Directed by
Maria von Heland (stage director)
Nadja Zonsarowa (television director)

Writing credits
Maria Heland (script)
Karsten Dusse (additional writing)
Markus Zimmer (additional writing)
Anke Engelke – Host


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Jan 242012

Berlin, Germany

Producer, Creative Director and Script
Jaka Bizilj

Stage Director
Maria von Heland

Speakers: Catherine Deneuve, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Lee, Sir Bob Geldof, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Liam Neeson, Katja Riemann, Mikhail Gorbachev and more.

Special Guest: Montserrat Caballé

Cinema For Peace

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Jan 242012


Produced by  Marion Döring and Jürgen Biesinger

Directed by
Maria von Heland (stage director)
Andreas Morell (television director)

Writing credits
Maria Heland (script)
Karsten Dusse (additional writing)
Markus Zimmer (additional writing)

Hosted by German comedy star Anke Engelke and Estonian actor Märt Avandi


Juliette Binoche (France), Maria de Medeiros (Portugal), Jean-Marc Barr (France), Hannelore Elsner (Germany), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Denmark), Miki Manojlović (Serbia), Amanda Ooms (Sweden) and – adding a bit of a local flavour to the event – Lembit and Juhan Ulfsack from Estonia. As well as European Film Promotion’s SHOOTING STARS: Agata Buzek (Poland), Kryštof Hádek (Czech Republic), Edward Hogg (UK), Michele Riondino (Italy), and Pihla Viitala (Finland), all of them Shooting Stars 2010, and Alba Rohrwacher from Italy (Shooting Star 2009).


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Jan 242012


Produced by  Marion Döring and Jürgen Biesinger

Directed by
Maria von Heland (stage director)
Andreas Morell (television director)

Writing credits
Nick Roddick (script)
Karsten Dusse (additional writing)
Markus Zimmer (additional writing)
Anke Engelke – Host



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Jan 242012

Produced by  Marion Döring and Jürgen Biesinger

Directed by
Maria von Heland (stage director)
Andreas Morell (television director)

Writing credits
Nick Roddick
Jens Krone
Oliver Zahle

Host: Mikael Bertelsen

Presenters: Marianne Faithfull (UK), Julia Jentsch (Germany), and Paprika Steen (Denmark), as well as Andrzej Chyra (Poland), Mads Mikkelsen (Denmark), Kim Rossi Stuart (Italy), and Santiago Segura(Spain), Dr. Gottfried Langenstein, President of ARTE, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information, Society and Media, Kirsi Tykkyläinen from Finland, director of the Moscow Film Festival, and EFA President Wim Wenders. And the European Film Promotion’s SHOOTING STARS programme – Stine Fischer Christensen (Denmark, 2008), Anna Geislerova (Czech Republic, 2004), Hannah Herzsprung (Germany, 2008), Anamaria Marinca (Romania, 2008), and Labina Mitevska (FYR Macedonia, British shooting star 1998), and their male counterparts Stefano Accorsi (Italy, 2001), Thure Lindhardt (Denmark, 2000), and Mark O’Halloran (Ireland, 2005).

Special Guests: Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as well as the recipients of the honorary awards – Dame Judi Dench and the Dogma founders Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier, and Thomas Vinterberg


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