The LUX Prize shines among European Film Awards winners

Last Saturday, the big night of European film took place in Berlin. The ceremony of the 26th European Film Awards celebrated the best European productions of 2013, and some LUX titles were among them.
LUX Prize finalist The Broken Circle Breakdown took home the European Film Award for Best Actress. Veerle Baetens beat the other nominees, which included Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts, thanks to her fearless, heartfelt performance of a mourning mother in Felix Van Groeningen’s family drama.
The big winner of the evening was, nonetheless, another film that was part of the LUX Prize Official Selection. Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty was rewarded with the European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Toni Servillo). Sorrentino’s depiction of a decadent yet miraculous Rome and its arty upper class prevailed over films such as Pablo Berger’s much-acclaimed Blancanieves or Abdellatif Kechiche’s dazzling Palme d’Or winner Adele: Chapters 1 & 2.
Jan Ole Gerster’s breakthrough film Oh Boy, also part of the LUX Prize Official Selection, was also awarded, receiving the European Discovery – FIPRESCI Prize for Best First Film.
You can find the complete winners list of the ceremony at the European Film Awards website.