Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic feature ‘Melancholia’ has been named European Film 2011 at a glittering ceremony in Berlin.
But the Danish director was nowhere to be seen.
He has vowed to refrain from public speaking after falling foul of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when he said he sympathised with Adolf Hitler.
Now his wife, Bente Froge, is doing the talking.
“I should say from Lars that he has no message for you since he has decided not to make statements anymore,” Froge told the audience as she accepted the award on stage.
Starring Kirsten Dunst, the part science-fiction, part family drama took two more prizes at the European Film Awards including Best Cinematographer.
British Director Stephen Frears was presented with a Lifetime Achievement honour.
And the UK could also celebrate the Best Actor and Actress prizes. Oscar-winner Colin Firth was again rewarded for ‘The King’s Speech’ while Tilda Swinton got the nod for ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’.