Love Machine crowned Best Austrian Fiction Film at the Romy Awards
by Ioana Florescu
- Andreas Schmied’s comedy has scooped the main honour for fiction features, while Barbara Miller’s #Female Pleasure received the Award for Best Documentary
The 30th edition of the Romy Awards for Austrian TV and film productions, organised by the daily newspaper Kurier and public broadcaster ORF, was split into two separate stages, as is customary. The Academy Romys, handed out by a jury of specialised journalists, were distributed on 11 April, while the Audience Romys, the winners of which are chosen by the general public by means of internet voting, were awarded at a gala ceremony hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun on Saturday evening, in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
The main honour went to Andreas Schmied’s comedy Love Machine, which tells the story of Georgy, a broke and homeless singer who decides to become a gigolo after losing his band mate and friend. Things get more complicated when Georgy falls in love with a driving instructor and feels under pressure to choose between love and his job. Meanwhile, Barbara Miller’s #Female Pleasure [+see also:
film profile], which explores female sexuality in the 21st century all around the globe, received the Award for Best Documentary.
Caroline Link was crowned Best Director, while her box-office hit Der Junge muss an die frische Luft [+see also:
film profile] also scooped the Award for Best Cinematography (for Judith Kaufmann), and Julius Weckauf was handed the Award for Most Promising Actor for his turn in the movie. Based on an autobiographical novel by German comedian Hape Kerkeling, and set in 1972 in a West German coal- and iron-mining area, the film centres on chubby nine-year-old Hans-Peter, who has a talent for making others laugh. However, dark shadows start looming over the boy’s everyday life as his mother becomes more and more depressed after an operation.
Furthermore, the Award for Most Promising Actress went to L’Animale [+see also:
interview: Katharina Mückstein
film profile]’s Marie-Luise Stockinger, while Florian David Fitz's Matthias Schweighöfer-starring box-office hit 100 Things [+see also:
film profile] received the Award for Best Script. As for the Audience Romys, Marie Bäumer (3 Days in Quiberon [+see also:
interview: Emily Atef
film profile]) was named Most Popular Actress, while Love Machine’s Thomas Stipsits emerged as Most Popular Actor.
Here is the complete list of winners of the 2019 Romy Awards for cinema:
Academy Romys for cinema productions
Love Machine - Andreas Schmied (Austria)
Judith Kaufmann - Der Junge muss an die frische Luft
Thomas Hroch, Gerald Podgornig – What Have We Done to Deserve This? [+see also:
film profile] (Austria)
Simon Schwarz, Konstantin Seitz – Crush My Heart [+see also:
film profile] (Austria)
Most Promising Actor
Julius Weckauf – Der Junge muss an die frische Luft
Academy’s Platinum Romy for Lifetime Achievement
Jan Mojto (film producer)
Most Popular Actor
Thomas Stipsits - Love Machine
Platinum Romy for Lifetime Achievement
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