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European cinema stars flock to Wrocław as film awards handed out

PR dla Zagranicy
Paweł Kononczuk 11.12.2016 11:26
A crowd of cinema stars from across Europe - among them Hollywood big names such as Pierce Brosnan - descended on the south-western Polish city of Wrocław on Saturday night for this year’s European Film Awards ceremony.
Pierce Brosnan at the European Film Awards in Wrocław. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk Pierce Brosnan at the European Film Awards in Wrocław. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

The awards, dubbed “the European Oscars,” were presented in 22 categories by the European Film Academy. Announcing the winners were actors and actresses from across the continent, among them Poland’s Maja Ostaszewska, Kasia Smutniak and Daniel Olbrychski. Polish actor Maciej Stuhr hosted the ceremony.

“Toni Erdmann”, German director Maren Ade’s comedy about a strained relationship between a father and daughter, dominated this year’s awards ceremony.

It was voted European Film 2016 by the academy's more than 3,000 members and claimed awards in four other categories.

Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska walked away with the People’s Choice Award for her 2015 drama “Body”, which previously earned her a best director award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The legendary Polish film director Andrzej Wajda, who died in October at the age of 90, was honoured with a special posthumous award.

Brosnan, a former James Bond star, was welcomed by a long standing ovation as he collected this year’s European Achievement in World Cinema award.

While accepting the award, Brosnan called on artists and filmmakers to be true to themselves “in these turbulent times” and keep making films that are close to their hearts.

Veteran 85-year-old French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards ceremony was held at Wrocław’s impressive National Forum of Music venue. The Polish city hosted the 29th European Film Awards as part of its role as a European Capital of Culture this year. (str/pk)

Sources: European Film Academy, TVN

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