The 2008 European Film Awards and the Film They Couldn’t Refuse
There were a lot of fantastic films to select from, because this calendar year, at least, the nomination process had miraculously weeded out all of the pretentious arthouse dross that typically litters your choices AWOL Academy Products. And certainly, this picture includes a winning combination: some courageous best selling novel by Roberto Saviano, an intriguing screenplay, a eloquent and skilled manager and also a fantastic performer, but really, today, 5 Efies?
Gomorra came out on the top, and which has been nice.
But then a oceans get a little murkier. The European Director Award for Gomorra’s Matteo Garrone has been a surprise, because he needed to talk about with the philo-Italian voters together with all the highly stylized and ingenious job of Paolo Sorrentino to get Il Divo. Sorrentino’s leadership was very striking, but perhaps the film, that opened
in the calendar year, wasn’t seen by enough voters. European Actor was a good deal simpler to predict, since it moved along to Toni Servillo, due to his job in both Gomorra and Il Divo, however even there, the rivalry of Michael Fassbender due to his awe inspiring performance in Hunger gave him a run for his money, in addition to Jürgen Vogel at Die Welle (the Wave) a excellent performance that regrettably might have gotten lost in the confusion. Afterward there is likewise the double whammy of both Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen at Flame & Citron, a Danish chosen that have garnered votes to honour the Copenhagen place for this year’s awards. However, their performances weren’t outstanding plus so they did not provide much rivalry, only in front of Elmar Wepper who mentioned the back with his function in Kirschblüten (Cherry Blossoms) and James McAvoy at Atonement.
Afterward your only real solution to explain that the others would be momentum. The herd mindset that Europeans are famed for. The group of authors for Gomorra’s screenplay-by-committee won using their marginally twisting script within the soulsearching musings of both Waltz together with Bashir and the seething poetry of Il Divo. The next surprise has been Gomorra’s Marco Onorato winning Cinematographer of the Year within the sweepingly cinematic epic Mongol, the dark and spooky (though perhaps main-stream) El Orfanato along with also the truly arty (and omnipresent also ran) Il Divo.
Mercifully, there have been a couple of categories left over for different pictures to find yourself a opportunity. My only regret here is that there wasn’t any room remaining for Barbara Sarafian because of her amazing performance in Moscow, Belgium (Aanrijding at Moscou).
Additional Significant awards went on Waltz using Bashir’s Max Richter for European Composer, and also a well deserved award for European Discovery of 2008 to get Hunger, led by Steve McQueen.
As a complete the listing of nominees was very pleasing, even when the final result was somewhat lopsided. Each one of those films were worth fame, even the mortal clunker Delta, that was a persuasive nominee for production design and style. But then there is a solid design nomination to get O’Horten. Really? The picture about the dead-pan train anglers who sleepwalks through a humor dryer than the Sahara? Are there any really any noises in this film whatsoever? I assume every party has a pooper… Despite this, it had been a nice season for European picture, and also the Republicans revealed that within his or her own choices. AWOL in 2013 were all of the pesky small festival favorites which available with five full moments of some one walking toward the camera onto the country road and ending with exactly the exact same man staring soulfully to the sunset. If you can find some Efies left-over, an individual ought to visit the EFA voters to attracting those awards one huge step nearer to become the most essential European awards event of the season.