Melancholia takes Best Film at the European Film Awards

The 24th annual European Film Awards took place in Berlin last night, with Lars von Trier's Melancholia taking home the top honour, Best European Film, along with the Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award (Manuel Alberto Claro) and Best Production Design (Jette Lehmann).

However, von Trier lost out on the gong for Best Director to fellow Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (In a Better World), while Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg were also overlooked for Best Actress, with Tilda Swinton receiving the award for her work in Lynne Ramsay's hard-hitting drama We Need to Talk About Kevin. Further British success came in the form of Colin Firth, who added the Best European Actor gong to his impressive collection of accolades for The King's Speech, which of course includes Best Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards back in February of this year, while Stephen Frears was the recipient
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