A chilling look at the roots of Nazi terror has dominated the European Film Awards, winning three prizes including best film. Michael Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ features a group of German children, scarred and brutalised by their parents.
The European Film Academy was founded in 1989 to promote European movies. This year the Academy honoured British director Ken Loach, who won a Lifetime Achievement award. “I feel very touched because the films that drew me to cinema were European films,: he said. “So to receive something from Europe is very special for me, it means more than maybe to others, who look across the Atlantic.” The European awards have yet to earn the prestige of Cannes, Venice or Berlin but are widely respected inside the film industry. Other winners included Kate Winslett, best actress for The Reader, while Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire was named people’s choice by cinema-goers across Europe.