"Amour," director Michael Haneke's meditation on the end of life told through an elderly man's love for his dying wife, swept the European Film Awards on Saturday, winning Best European film, best director, actor and actress.
In addition to Haneke's win, Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for playing the wife, who slowly fades toward death, and Jean-Louis Trintignant won Best Actor for his portrayal of a loving husband, struggling with the challenge of caring for his partner.
The film, a leading contender in the Oscar season, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Sony Pictures Classics is distributing the film in the United States.
Here is the full list of winners:
EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
Written and directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Michael Haneke for "Amour"
EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
Jean-Louis Trintignant in "Amour"
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2012:
Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg for "Jagten" (The Hunt)
CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2012:
Sean Bobbitt for "Shame"
EUROPEAN EDITOR 2012:
Joe Walker for "Shame"
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2012:
Maria Djurkovic for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2012:
Alberto Iglesias for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 -- Prix FIPRESCI:
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012:
"Hiver Nomade" (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
"Alois Nebel" by Tomas Lunak (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2012:
"Superman, Spiderman or Batman" by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2012 - Prix EURIMAGES:
Helena Danielsson, Sweden
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012:
Dame Helen Mirren, UK
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012:
"Hasta La Vista" (Come As You Are) directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven