Von Trier grabs European Film Academy’s top prize

Despite the controversial jokes this man can occasionally make, despite his films not appealing to every taste, he is still an established master of filmmaking. Lars von Trier’s Melancholia has scored EFA’s top prize.

­Lars von Trier’s drama about the end of the world was named best film this Sunday. The Danish director’s wife Bente Froge attended the ceremony in Berlin to collect the award on behalf of her husband.

Another big winner, The King’s Speech, joined Melancholia. Both films won a total of three awards each.

Danish Susanne Bier received best director’s prize for her In a Better World.

Briton Tilda Swinton won best actress for her part in We Need to Talk about Kevin, while her compatriot Colin Firth was named best actor for The King’s Speech.

Pina 3D by Wim Wenders, dedicated to one of the most remarkable choreographers of the modern time, was named the best documentary.

Russian nominees failed to receive any awards whatsoever. Russian Nadezhda Markina (Elena) ran for the best actress prize, while Viktor Kosakovsky’s Viva las Antipodas was nominated for best documentary award.

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