Bosnian entry ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘Flee’ sweep the European Film Awards


the European Cinema Prize, Europe’s largest awards ceremony, revealed its main winners in a mostly virtual ceremony on Saturday, December 11. The evening was originally scheduled for an in-person event, but concerns about the Omicron variant have moved the festivities online. The powerful Bosnian war drama “Quo Vadis, Aida? Won the top prize for best film, with director Jasmila Žbanić and lead actress Jasna Đuričić also taking home the award for best director and actress respectively. “To fleeDanish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen also won the award in two categories – Documentary and Animated Feature Film.

The award ceremony was moderated by German actress Annabelle Mandeng. The hybrid event saw the nominees, presenters and winners participate in a mix of live, virtual and pre-recorded formats.

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“Quo Vadis, Aïda” tells the story of the Srebrenica genocide, in which Serbian troops sent 8,372 Bosnian men and boys to their deaths in July 1995. The powerful story is told through the eyes of Aida, a UN translator who tries to take advantage of her position to ensure the safety of her husband and two grown sons. The film was chosen as Bosnia’s official entry to the Oscars last year, but did not land a nomination.

European cinema
Quo Vadis, Aida?, Director: Jasmila Žbanić

European Documentary
Flee, director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

European actress
Jasna Đuričić – Quo Vadis, Aïda?

Eurimages co-production award
Maria ekerhovd

Europe Director
Jasmila Žbanić – Quo Vadis, Aïda?

European Discovery – Fipresci Prize
Promising Young Woman, Director: Emerald Fennell

European animated feature film
Flee, director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

European screenwriter
Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton – The Father

European short film
My uncle Tudor, director: Olga Lucovnicova

European actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

European comedy
Ninjababy, production: Yngvild Sve Flikke

Previously announced

European cinematography
Crystal Fournier – The great freedom

European edition
Mukharam Kabulova – Clenching fists

Design of European production
Marton Agh – Natural light

European costume design
Michael O’Connor – Ammonite

European Makeup & Hairstyle
Flore Masson, Olivier Alfonso, Antoine Mancini – Titanium

European original music
Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brotz-Mann – Great Freedom

European sound
Gisle Tveito, Gustaf Berger – The Innocents

European visual effects
Peter Hjorth, Fredrik Nord – Lamb

The work of a European life
Marta Meszaros

European achievement in world cinema
Susanne Bier

European University Cinema Prize
Flee, director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

EFA for innovative storytelling
Steve McQueen – Small ax

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