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European Film Awards 2006 – Awards


Donnersmarck and Almodóvar make the night

VOLVERDecember 2 marked the first time that an Eastern European city hosted the European Film Awards. Approximately 1,500 professionals attended the European celebration of cinema at the EXPO XXI hall in Warsaw.

The most coveted award of the evening, European Film 2006, went to The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

"It is very moving to win this award here in Poland where my father was born as a citizen of this country," said the director, whose film was nominated in seven categories in total and picked up two other important prizes: European Screenwriter (von Donnersmarck) and European Actor (Ulrich Mühe).

However, with two awards more the grand winner at the ceremony was Pedro Almodóvar's Volver . With the statuette for European Director 2006 in hand, the director dedicated his award to his actresses. "It is a very important film for me because I returned to the region of my childhood, La Mancha. I would like to say thank you to my excellent actresses who embody the women I grew up with," he said.


European Film Awards 2006 complete list

  European Film 2006

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

  European Director 2006

Pedro Almodóvar for Volver, Spain

European Actress 2006

Penélope Cruz for Volver by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

European Actor 2006

Ulrich Mühe for The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

European Discovery 2006

13 Tzameti by Gela Babluani, France, Georgia

European Screenwriter 2006

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen), Germany

European Cinematographer 2006

José Luis Alcaine for Volver by Pedro Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

Barry Ackroyd for The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach, UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain

European Composer 2006

Alberto Iglesias for Volver by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

EFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2006

Roman Polański, Poland

European Achievement in World Cinema 2006

Jeremy Thomas, UK

EFA Award for An Artistic Contribution 2006

Pierre Pell and Stéphane Rozenbaum for The Science of Sleep (La science des rêves ) by Michel Gondry, France

People's Choice Award Best European Film 2006

Volver by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

Fipresci Award 2006

Regular Lovers (Les Amants réguliers) by Philippe Garrel, France

ARTE award, EFA Documentary 2006

Into Great Silence (Die Grosse Stille) by Philip Groning, Germany

UIP Award, Short Film 2006

Before Dawn by Bálint Kenyeres, Hungary

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