'Melancholia' Tops European Film Awards, Susanne Bier Named Best Director, Tilda Swinton & Colin Firth Get Acting Honors

The European Film Awards just wrapped in Berlin where Lars von Trier’s Melancholia was honored with the top prize. However, it was Susanne Bier who took the best director honors for her Oscar-winning In A Better World. Cannes-watchers may recall that during von Trier’s press conference at the festival last May, the Danish bad-boy not so kindly singled out his compatriot during the now-infamous rant that made him persona non grata on the Riviera. “For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn’t so happy,” von Trier said back then. “But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit.”

Melancholia tonight also took prizes for cinematography and production design. Other winners include Tilda Swinton, best actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin, Oscar winner Colin Firth, best actor for The King’s Speech, the Dardenne brothers for writing The Kid With A Bike, Wim WendersPina for best documentary and Ludovic Bource for his score of Oscar hopeful The Artist. A full list of winners can be found here.

  1. Okay I absolutely don’t get it. This was the biggest piece of masturbation shit I ever saw.
    This was the emperors new clothes. One of the worst movies not only in terms of story but the visuals as well. This was Lars descending into the abyss culminating in his pro nazi stance. This is what Sundance used to be 15 years ago when agents used to get high and say a movie was good and then the rest of the agents would tout the movies as pieces of art and when we the public finally saw the same movies we thought are you crazy piece of shit! You must have been high. Same applies to this movie.

    1. I have to agree with you entirely. I never write comments on other people’s movies but my girlfriend and I were misled into choosing this film on account of the false accolades bestowed by festivals and critics who are clearly drawn by Von Triers anti-Jewish remarks. There is no way anyone who is sane or truthful or unbiased could possibly like this heap of nonsense. I have never experienced such boredom. Excessive use of slow motion and nauseating camera work is not art – it is a major distraction to a film’s narrative. Clearly Von Trier and his cronies don’t understand the principles of film-making and drama. There is definitely a commonality between Von Trier’s remarks at the Cannes Film Festival and the pretentious stupidity-mistaken-for-art Melancholia: He said “There will come a point at the end of this”. He was obviously referring to both his Nazi sentiments and his film. Thankfully most normal-minded people don’t see the point of either.

  2. Aside from the performances (Dunst was amazing), this is the WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN. Sure, there are some artistic shots, and a few messages here and there, but of the thousands of movies I’ve seen in my lifetime, I can’t remember one that made me want to end my life within the first ten minutes of the film (I don’t know if I can even call this a film) and subsequently all the way through the rest of the movie. Pretencious piece of #$%^. After reading reviews and going to rottentometoes, etc, I realize there are people out there that enjoy the movie. I call those people morons. I’m guessing they just think they liked the movie because some pretencious a-hole said they liked it and they wanted to be like said a-hole.

    1. Learn how to spell pretentious and then maybe I’ll take you seriously. If you can’t spell it, do you even know the meaning?

      Anyway, to each their own. Just because you didn’t like it doesn’t mean anyone who did is a moron. I just saw the film tonight and I thought it was fantastic. It IS a work of art, a beautiful and haunting one at that. Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg are award-worthy. I wish Dunst at least would get a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars.

      Melancholia is one of the best films of the year. I am not a fan of Von Trier the person, but he has made a few really great films (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, and Melancholia).

    2. Can you tell me which of the thousands of movies you´ve seen that you liked the most, and why? Can you elaborate on what makes a great movie, in your oppinion?

    3. If you wanted to kill yourself within the first 10 minutes I think that means Melancholia was a success. I might be mistaken, but I am pretty sure that that was von Trier’s intention…

    4. Okay, firstly, I’m not THAT Lars.

      Secondly, how is it possible that “Dunst was amazing” and that this is the “WORST MOVIE” (caps yours) you’ve “EVER SEEN”?!

  3. Seriously, you have to quote Von Trier again? it just won Best Film and then you slander it with bringing up the directors idiotic rant from months ago that’s old fu**ing news. Melancholia is a work of art worthy of praise.

    1. Puh-leez! After a rant like that, how can they NOT mention it when the film wins in Berlin?! I understand how you might be sick of hearing about it though.

      1. You’re exactly right. The fact that Berlin, of all places, shows praise for the movie, is proof of how dumb the US media is with this rant.

        I really find it appalling that the only thing the “journalist” writing this piece finds smart to focus on is LVT’s rant. I also especially like how they single out the specific part, taking out of context all that LVT was trying to say (and the later apologies). What’s the point??

        It’s Deadline, not TMZ, we should expect better, especially towards someone like LVT. He might not make blockbusters, I know there are some people here who only swear by mainstream cinema, but he is a real artist who has made great contributions to the art of cinema, inspired others, and delivered some intriguing performances.

  4. I really didn’t hate this movie at all. I mean Wagner got a little old pretty fast, but the performances were sublime. I adored. Keifer and Dunst! Together with the exquisite cinematography I found plenty to keep me satisfied.

  5. Take it form Europe. No one seriously in the industry cares about the European Film Award. That’s a fact. (unless you are a subsidized filmmaker, who we got plenty of…). Von Trier has no clout whatsoever in terms of box office, but he’s a master in getting obscure moves made (subsidized) nobody really watches. He says really dumb things in Cannes, or Paris, or Berlin to get at least noticed in the news…. That’s all. Nothing more.

    The Award show isn’t even broadcasted in Germany live, nor is it on prime time days later. It runs late at night on ARTE. (somewhat to be compared to PBS – and nothing is wrong with PBS btw)

    The idea of an European Film Award is ridicules, since we are talking some 28 countries submitting films. Every country is so different. So special, one can not even remotely compare their films. And every country does produce some fine movies.

    The whole affair of this award show is, that it is run by some intellectuals who are desperate to find a little if at all press coverage.

    We are looking forwards for the Oscars… and Golden Globes for the fun of it….

  6. so blow off Lars and go see Tilda in We Need To Talk About Kevin. I’m glad her performance is getting so much recognition because it is truly one of the best performances of her career which is saying a lot.

  7. After the politically correct charade of a few hypocrites at Cannes it’s good that this Lars-beating has stopped.

    He’s an artist of great standing and can say whatever he pleases to say.

    Just because a few juice- and brainless film apparatchiks have a broomstick shipped up their alimentary channel the Cannes festival proved immature to provocation which you should always expect from artists who are not bending over backwards to kiss everybody’s behind.

  8. I actually think Melancholia is the most accessible movie Von Trier has ever made. I thought it was great.

  9. The European Film Awards is nothing more than a collective circle-jerk for the self-adulating. If it weren’t for the subsidies levied from taxpayers, the majority of whom do not go to watch these kinds of ego-driven auteur films, just about all concerned would be deservedly out of work.

  10. Trier doesn’t give a f… about box-office, he can’t be compared with any filmmaker working in the US. He’s an uncompromising artist and the only thing that matters is the sum for which his films are being sold to distributors, and since his movies doesn’t cost a lot to make, you do the math. One might not like his films which is fine, but for those here who think Melancholia is the worst movie you’ve ever seen, you’re either not familiar with Michael Bay or know very little about cinema.

    European cinema might seem weird and pretentious but it does and always have paved the way for how the narrative structure unfolds in Hollywood.

  11. I saw it yesterday. If it wasn’t for the nausea inducting camera work whenever they were inside, I would have liked it. Unfortunately, I felt sick the entire time and that ruined the movie for me. I think I need to see it on DVD to fairly decide whether or not I liked it.

  12. A month ago HD movies showed Melacholia before it’s release. Since I’ve Lars Triers film before I checked it out. One thing I did have a problem with this film was its slow paceness. Plus I expected more for an end of the world movie to be honest. But Triers got his idea for his film when he was in therapy over depression. But I did like Southerland and Duntz but the ending was interesting.

  13. Don’t understanding dissing the EFAs when the Oscars are such a joke – especially when the EFAs are wise enough to recognize the incomparable Tilda (who should have won an Oscar last year & wasn’t even nommed) and Susanne Bier.

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