The 30th European Film Awards: Guests and Presenters
European filmmakers, EFA Members, guests, nominees and winners gathered to celebrate European cinema at its finest at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin!
On this special occasion the ceremony not only celebrated this year's films and achievements but it also shed a special light on some of the films and people that have accompanied the EFAs throughout the past 30 years.
Both script and set design picked up this idea and guests and spectators found references to some of these people and their films throughout the ceremony. An ensemble of Johannes Bah Kuhnke (Sweden), Alex Brendemühl (Spain), Anna Geislerová(Czech Republic), Dave Johns (UK), Anamaria Marinca (Romania), Palina Rojinski (Germany) and Ivan Shvedoff (Russia) brought to live some particularly captivating scenes from the rich diversity of European cinema.
Joining them onstage to announce and present the winners of the European Film Awards in a total of 21 categories were actress Elena Anaya (Spain) and her male colleagues Pierfrancesco Favino (Italy), Jack Reynor (Ireland), and Stellan Skarsgård(Sweden), as well as Wim Wenders, the President of the European Film Academy, and Agnieszka Holland, Chairwoman of the EFA Board.
Johan Heldenbergh & Veerle Baetens performed “If I needed You” from the film THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOW. Other guests included former award recipients like directors Maren Ade (Germany) and Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland), actress Sandra Hüller (Germany) and actor Peter Simonischek (Austria), as well as EFA founding members Jörn Donner, Stephen Frears, Peter Lilienthal, Carlos Saura, Hanna Schygulla, István Szabó and Volker Schlöndorff.
Julie Delpy was honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award, Aleksandr Sokurov received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Cedomir Kolar got the European Co-Production Award 2017 – Prix EURIMAGES. Among the guests at the ceremony were also sound designer Samir Fočo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), composer Raf Keunen (Belgium), costume designer Vassilia Rozana (Greece), hair & make-up artist Susana Sanchez (Spain), and production designer Tonino Zera (Italy), all of them members of the excellence awards jury.
The 900 guests at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and all those at home, following the livestream or watching the broadcast, were welcomed by Thomas Hermanns, host of the 30th European Film Awards.