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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards 2018

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards. Cold War, loosely inspired by Pawlikowski’s parents’ lives, is an achingly beautiful romantic tragedy of a jazz-loving pianist and a young, nonchalant and fearless girl in the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland.

Winner of the Cannes Best Director Award, the film won awards for director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor. Marcello Fonte was named as the best actor for his mellow performance in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’, Italy’s official submission at The 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film that sees his transition from growling puppet to a great Dane. Dogman also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin”, a farcical satire that finds relevance in the current political system, was awarded the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

The complete list of winners at the 31st European Film Awards 2018 is below;


Best European Film

 “Cold War”

European Director

 Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

European Comedy

 “The Death of Stalin”

European Actor

 Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

European Actress

 Joanna Kulig, “Cold War”

European Screenwriter

 Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

European Documentary

 “Bergman –A Year in a Life”

European Animated Film

 “Another Day of Life”

European Short Film

 “The Years”

European Discovery/Prix Fipresci


European Cinematographer

 Martin Otterbeck “U-July 22”

European Editor

 Jaroslaw Kaminski, “Cold War”

European Production Designer

 Andrey Ponkratov, “The Summer”

European Costume Designer

Massimo Cantini Parrini, “Dogman”

European Hair and Make-Up Artist

 Dalia Colli, Lorenzo Tamburini & Daniela Tartari, “Dogman”

European Composer

 Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Maas, “3 Days in Quiberon”

European Sound Designer

 Andre Bendocci-Alves and Martin Steyer, “The Captain”

European Visual Effects Supervisor

 Peter Hjorth, “Border”

EFA People’s Choice Award

 “Call Me by Your Name”

European Achievement in World Cinema

 Ralph Fiennes

EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

 Carmen Maura

Honorary Award


Official European Film Awards Site

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