The results are in… everything you need to know about the 2022 European Film Awards

The 2022 nominations for the European Film Awards have been announced
The 2022 nominations for the European Film Awards have been announced   -  Copyright  European Film Awards (EFA)
By David Mouriquand

The much anticipated 2022 European Film Awards has come to an end in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. The event brought together some of Europe’s best filmmakers for what could only be described as a love letter to the craft.

In case you missed it, here is a list of the main winners:

European Film:

Triangle of Sadness directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden/Germany/France/ United Kingdom)

European Director:

• Ruben Östlund for Triangle Of Sadness

European Actress:

• Vicky Krieps in Corsage

European Actor:

• Zlatko Burić in Triangle Of Sadness

European Screenwriter:

• Ruben Östlund for Triangle Of Sadness

European Documentary:

Mariupolis 2 directed by Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania/France/Germany)

European Short Film:

• Granny’s Sexual Life

European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI

Small Body (Piccolo Corpo) directed by Laura Samani (Italy/Slovenia/France)

And, read on if you want to know who else was competing in the main categories for the European film industry's top awards.

The three films that lead the nominations this year, each tallying four apiece, were all 2022 Cannes winners: the Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, Close by Belgian director Lukas Dhont, and Holy Spider by Iranian-Danish director Ali Abbasi.

All three were competing for the Best European Film award, alongside Catalonian-Spanish director Carla Simón’s Golden Bear-winning Alcarràs and Austrian director Maria Kreutzer’s Corsage, which also had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

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The late Charlbi Dean and Harris Dickinson in Triangle of SadnessImperative Entertainment

While Simón’s gentle, sun-drenched drama about family life and loss during the final harvest on the family farm and Kreutzer’s historical drama about the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (brilliantly played by Vicky Krieps) increasingly rebelling against the constraints of her rigorous lifestyle are both worthy nominees, the odds seemed strongly in the favour of Östlund’s class warfare comedy. Triangle of Sadness was also nominated in three other categories: European director, European actor (for Zlatko Burić) and European screenwriter (Östlund). 

The film is a broad strokes satire that targets the fashion industry, influencer culture, capitalism and the entitlement of the obscenely rich. It is a riot to watch but nonetheless feels scattershot compared to the director’s previous films Force Majeure and The Square, which also won the Palme d’Or in 2017. Still, there’s no denying its comedic credentials and audiences have responded well to the film’s absurdist, borderline Pythonesque moments.

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Zar Amir-Ebrahimi in Holy SpiderNordisk Film Production

Its status as favourite faced strong competition from Lukas Dhont’s Close, which tells the devastatingly tender story of two boys whose friendship is tragically broken (it shared Cannes’ Grand Prix with French director Claire Denis’ Stars At Noon) and Ali Abbasi’s gripping Holy Spider, which is based on the real-life story of an Iranian serial killer whose victims were sex workers. The wonderful Zar Amir-Ebrahimi won Best Actress in Cannes for her performance and is also nominated as Best European Actress alongside Vicky Krieps. 

Both Close and Holy Spider are also the entries for their respective countries of Belgium and Denmark in the Academy Awards Best International Film category this year.

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Still from Alice Diop's stunning film Saint OmerArte France Cinema - Srab Films

It is also worth noting that Venice winner Saint Omer (Silver Lion Grand Jury prize along with the Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future award) picked up (only) one nomination for Best European Director for Alice Diop – a deserving nomination and a would-be merited win. 

Her stunning feature debut is a nuanced and claustrophobic legal drama which chronicles the real-life trial of a Franco-Senegalese mother who committed infanticide. It has been selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards next year and is hands down one of the most powerful pieces of cinema you’ll see all year.

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The 4,400 members of the European Film Academy voted for the winners.

German director Margarethe von Trotta was honored with the European Lifetime Achievement award, while Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman was feted with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

The winners of the Excellence Awards in the categories European Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair, Original Score, Sound and Visual Effects were determined by an eight-member jury consisting of representatives of the different arts and crafts. 

The event was preceded this year by the academy’s inaugural edition of the Month of European Film. 

The European Film Academy new public-facing event consists of a showcase of European cinema that took place in arthouse theatres and other venues in 35 countries across Europe.

Cinemas involved included France’s Balzac in Paris, Latvia’s Splendid Palace in Riga, the Netherlands’ EYE in Amsterdam, the UK’s Glasgow Film Theatre, Ukraine’s Zhovten Cinema in Kyiv, and the Yorck cinema chain in Berlin for Germany.

The full nominations were as follows:

European Film:

  • Alcarràs directed by Carla Simón (Spain/ Italy)
  • Close directed by Lukas Dhont (Belgium/ France/ Netherlands)
  • Corsage directed by Marie Kreutzer (Austria/ Luxembourg/ Germany/ France)
  • Holy Spider directed by Ali Abbasi (Denmark/ Germany/ Sweden/ France)
  • Triangle of Sadness directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden/ Germany/ France/ United Kingdom)

European Documentary:

  • A House Made Of Splinters directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/ Sweden/ Finland/ Ukraine)
  • Girl Gang directed by Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland)
  • Mariupolis 2 directed by Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania/ France/ Germany)
  • The Balcony Movie(Film Balkonowy) directed by Paweł Łoziński (Poland)
  • The March On Rome (Marcia su Roma) directed by Mark Cousins (Italy)

European Director:

  • Lukas Dhont for Close
  • Marie Kreutzer for Corsage
  • Jerzy Skolimowski for Eo
  • Ali Abbasi for Holy Spider
  • Alice Diop for Saint Omer
  • Ruben Östlund for Triangle Of Sadness

European Actress:

  • Vicky Krieps in Corsage
  • Zar Amir Ebrahimi in Holy Spider
  • Léa Seydoux in One Fine Morning
  • Penélope Cruz in Parallel Mothers
  • Meltem Kaptan in Rabiye Kurnaz Vs. George W. Bush

European Actor:

  • Paul Mescal in Aftersun
  • Eden Dambrine in Close
  • Elliott Crosset Hove in Godland
  • Pierfrancesco Favino in Nostalgia
  • Zlatko Burić in Triangle Of Sadness

European Screenwriter:

  • Carla Simón & Arnau Vilaró for Alcarràs
  • Kenneth Branagh for Belfast
  • Lukas Dhont & Angelo Tijssens for Close
  • Ali Abbasi & Afshin Kamran Bahrami for Holy Spider
  • Ruben Östlund for Triangle Of Sadness

European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI

  • 107 Mothers (Cenzorka) directed by Peter Kerekes (Slovakia/ Czech Republic/ Ukraine)
  • Love According To Dalva (Dalva) directed by Emmanuelle Nicot (Belgium/ France)
  • Other People (Inni Ludzie) directed by Aleksandra Terpińska (Poland/ France)
  • Pamfir directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine/ France/ Poland/ Germany/ Chile)
  • Small Body (Piccolo Corpo) directed by Laura Samani (Italy/ Slovenia/ France)
  • Sonne directed by Kurdwin Ayub produced by Ulrich Seidl (Austria)

The European Film Awards 2022 was celebrated in Reykjavík, in the Harpa Conference and Concert Hall, together with various side events in connection with European film production.