European Film Awards (EFA) 2021: Quo Vadis, Aida? Top Winner

Jasmila Zbanic’s Bosnia drama, Quo Vadis, Aida? about the Srebrenica massacre also took best director and best actress honors.

Jasmila Zbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida? a stirring drama about the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has won the top prize for European Film 2021 at the 34th European Film Awards, given out in a virtual ceremony from Berlin Saturday night.

The film, which was Oscar nominee for best international feature, also won best directing honors for Zbanic and the European actress prize went to star Jasna Duricic for her performance as a Bosnian translator for the UN trying to save her family from Serbian troops.

Best actor honors went to Anthony Hopkins who took the European Actor prize for his starring role in The Father, playing a man with dementia, a performance that already earned him an Oscar. The Father director Florian Zeller and co-writer Christopher Hampton also took the prize for best European screenplay.

The EFAs, one of Europe’s most prestigious cinema honors, was hosted by German actress, moderator and writer Annabelle Mandeng from a studio in Berlin, with nominees and winners joining via video link.

Flee: Multiple Winner

Flee, an animated documentary from Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, was another multiple winner, taking best European animated film, best documentary and the European University Film Award.

The EFA’s European Excellence Awards, honoring achievement in technical categories, were announced earlier.

Winners include Austrian drama Great Freedom, which won best cinematography for Crystel Fournier and best original score for Nils Petter Molvær and Peter Brötzmann;

best editing honors for Mukharam Kabulova for Russian feature Unclenching the Fists;

best production design for Márton Ágh for Hungarian feature Natural Light;

best sound design for Gisle Tveito and Gustaf Berger on Norwegian feature The Innocents;

best costume design for Michael O’Connor for British period drama Ammonite;

the visual effects prize for Peter Hjorth and Fredrik Nord for Lamb;

the award for best makeup and hair for Flore Masson, Olivier Afonso and Antoine Mancini for their work on Titane.

The winners are:

EUROPEAN FILM

Compartment No. 6, dir. Juho Kuosmanen
The Father, dir. Florian Zeller
The Hand of God, dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Titane, dir. Julia Ducournau
Quo Vadis, Aida? dir. Jasmila Zbanic

 

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Julia Ducornau for Titane
Radu Jude for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Paolo Sorrentino for The Hand of God
Jasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida?
Florian Zeller for The Father

EUROPEAN ACTRESS

Jasna Duricic in Quo Vadis, Aida?
Seidi Haarla in Compartment No. 6
Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman
Renate Reinsve in The Worst Person in the World
Agathe Rousselle in Titane

EUROPEAN ACTOR

Yuriy Borisov in Compartment No. 6
Anthony Hopkins in The Father
Vincent Lindon in Titane
Tahar Rahim in The Mauritanian
Franz Rogowski in Great Freedom

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 

Radu Jude for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Paolo Sorrentino for The Hand of God
Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt for The Worst Person in the World
Jasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida?
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton for The Father

EUROPEAN COMEDY

Ninjababy, dir. Yngvild Sve Flikke
The Morning After, dir. Méliane Marcaggi
The People Upstairs, dir. Cesc Gay

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 

Flee, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Even Mice Belong in Heaven, dirs.Jan Bubenicek, Denisa Grimmová
The Ape Star, dir. Linda Hamback
Where is Anne Frank, dir. Ari Folman
Wolfwalkers, dir. Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY

Babi Yar, Context, dir. Sergei Loznitsa
Flee, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Mr. Bachmann and his Class, dir. Maria Speth
Taming the Garden, dir. Salomé Jashi
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, dirs. Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY — PRIX FIPRESCI 

Beginning, dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili
Lamb, dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson
Playground, dir. Laura Wandel
Pleasure, dir. Ninja Thyberg
Promising Young Woman, dir. Emerald Fennell
The Whaler Boy, dir. Philipp Yuryev

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM

My Uncle Tudor, dir. Olga Lucovnicova
Bella, dir. Thelyia Petraki
Displaced, dir. Samir Karahoda
Easter Eggs, dir.Nicolas Keppens
In Flow of Words, dir. Eliane Esther Bots

LUX AUDIENCE AWARD
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Great Freedom Sebastian Meise
Quo Vadis, Aida? Jasmila Zbanic

EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
Maria Ekerhovd

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Crystel Fournier for Great Freedom

EUROPEAN EDITING
Mukharam Kabulova for Unclenching The Fists

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Márton Ágh for Natural Light

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGN
Michael O’Connor for Ammonite

EUROPEAN MAKE-UP & HAIR
Flore Masson, Olivier Afonso, Antoine Mancini for Titane

EUROPEAN ORIGINAL SCORE
Nils Petter Molvær, Peter Brötzmann for Great Freedom

EUROPEAN SOUND
Gisle Tveito, Gustaf Berger for The Innocents

EUROPEAN VISUAL EFFECTS
Peter Hjorth, Fredrik Nord for Lamb

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY FILM AWARD
Flee, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

EUROPEAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Márta Mészáros

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Susanne Bier