Great Freedom fait un triomphe au Austrian Film Awards
par Susanne Gottlieb
- Le drame de Sebastian Meise sur un homosexuel, emprisonné à plusieurs reprises au nom de l’article 175 en Allemagne, a décroché huit récompenses
Cet article est disponible en anglais.
The Austrian Film Awards were handed out for the 12th time on 30 June at the Auditorium Grafenegg in Lower Austria, and the night saw the triumph of Great Freedom [+lire aussi :
interview : Sebastian Meise
fiche film] and Fox in a Hole [+lire aussi :
interview : Arman T. Riahi
fiche film]. With COVID-19 regulations at their most relaxed in two years, around 1,000 guests chose to attend the event. Under the banner “All Together Now”, the ceremony, which was hosted by Austrian filmmaker Clara Stern, aimed to evoke feelings of optimism and solidarity.
The big winner of the evening was the festival darling Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise, a drama set in the mid-20th century, during which a German man is repeatedly imprisoned because of his violations of paragraph 175, a law forbidding homosexuality. The movie won Best Feature Film, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Make-up and Best Film Editing. The runner-up in terms of the number of prizes won was Arman T Riahi’s Fox in a Hole, which scooped Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score and Best Sound Editing.
Further winners were Notes from the Underworld [+lire aussi :
interview : Tizza Covi et Rainer Frimmel
fiche film] by Rainer Frimmel and Tizza Covi for Best Documentary Feature, Genosse Tito, ich erbe by Olga Kosanović for Best Short Film, The Royal Game by Philipp Stölzl for Best Costume Design and Hinterland [+lire aussi :
interview : Stefan Ruzowitzky
fiche film] by Stefan Ruzowitzky for Best Production Design. The Viewers’ Choice Award for the most popular film went to Snotty Boy [+lire aussi :
interview : Marcus H. Rosenmüller et S…
fiche film], which notched up 95,000 viewers.
Another focal point of this year’s ceremony was the topic of sexual harassment in the Austrian film industry, which has been discussed intensively of late. Academy of Austrian Film presidents Verena Altenberger and Arash T Riahi noted, “Our work often brings us into situations that encourage sexualised power abuse.” There are, however, ways to improve conditions for everyone: diverse sets, the employment of trustworthy people, special training before a shoot and providing better protection for employees would be some of the more prominent options. Starting this coming autumn, a contact point for survivors will be set up at the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.
The evening’s special guest was Alik Shpilyuk, artistic director of the Ukrainian Film Academy. Shpilyuk praised the cooperation between Austrian and Ukrainian filmmakers, and spoke of the great sorrow that the war is currently causing in his home country.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Best Short Film
Genosse Tito, ich erbe – Olga Kosanović (Austria/Germany)
Sebastian Meise - Great Freedom
Best Leading Actor
Georg Friedrich – Great Freedom
Best Supporting Actress
Lunda Jordan – Fox in a Hole
Best Supporting Actor
Thomas Prenn – Great Freedom
Sebastian Meise, Thomas Reider – Great Freedom
Crystel Fournier – Great Freedom
Best Costume Design
Tanja Hausner – The Royal Game (Germany/Austria)
Heiko Schmidt, Roman Braunhofer, Kerstin Gaecklein – Great Freedom
Karwan Marouf – Fox in a Hole
Best Film Editing
Joana Scrinzi – Great Freedom
Best Sound Editing
Atanas Tcholakov, Atanas Tcholakov, Manuel Meichsner - Fox in a Hole
(Traduit de l'anglais)
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