The Italian film about Comorra organised crime in Naples, “Gomorrah”, has won best film and four other top prizes at the European film awards.
The film also won script and director’s prizes, and best actor for Tony Servillo.
The public’s choice for top prize was entirely different fare; “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
Other prizes went to Kirstin Scott Thomas, best actress for “I’ve loved you so long”, Judi Dench and a lifetime acheivement award, and the four Danish founders of the Dogma movement.
For the first time the ceremony was attended by European royalty; their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
While the awards do not have the profile of Cannes or the Oscars, they are highly respected in the industry, and the show made up for a lack of star power with some original set pieces all its own.