that of Thomas Vinterberg Another round (Druk) was the big winner last night European Cinema Prize 2020, receiving the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen and Best Screenwriter for Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.

The Danish film has been a favorite at many festivals, winning the Audience Awards at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The film was a huge box office success in Denmark and became Denmark’s entry for the International Oscar for Feature Film. With one of the happiest closing sequences, possibly to ever exist in a movie, it’s no surprise Another round is doing so well.

Another round shamelessly tackles a difficult subject without placing any sort of moralistic prejudice on the issue. The film tells the story of four high school teachers, tired and weary of the daily monotony of their lives. Together, they decide to test the theory, conceptualized by Norwegian psychologist Finn Skårderund, who argued that a certain constant level of alcohol in the system is necessary to thrive in society. As the four friends experiment with this theory, Another round shows how it affects them all very differently.

The film is an equally sad and joyful ride through the uninhibiting pleasure of drinking alcohol. But if we go too far, it can have disastrous consequences. At the heart of the film is Mads Mikkelsen’s character, Martin, a once brilliant history teacher who now bores his classes almost to death, and doesn’t even notice or even care when he gives them the wrong information.

At first, this low percentage of alcohol allows Martin and his three other colleagues, sports teacher Tommy (Bo Larsen), music teacher Peter (Lars Ranthe) and psychology teacher Nikolaj (Magnus Millang) , to come out of their shell and inspire their students to improve. But as they take the experience one step further, it all gets out of hand.

The sheer joy of the film’s closing sequence will stay with you long after you’ve seen it. It gives a sense of catharsis, without being in any way judgmental.

Thomas Vinterberg, who tragically lost his nineteen-year-old daughter Ida in a car accident while filming the film, said when accepting the award: “She loved this project, she was part of this project, she was supposed to play this, it was done at her school, among her friends in her class – and the only thing that made sense when she died was to go on and make this movie for her. It is made by all of us who love him and miss him dearly, and your votes and award will honor his memory.

After winning the Best Actor award, Mads Mikkelsen said, “One of the reasons this movie was made, one of the reasons this movie was finalized is a bright little light that is no longer the. But its light is in every frame of this film, so we dedicate it to Ida Vinterberg. “

Here are the winners of the European Film Awards 2020:

European cinema: Another round (Druk), dir. Thomas vinterger

European comedy: A boost (A triumph), dir. Emmanuel Courcol

European Discovery – Fipresci Prize: Unique, dir. Carlo Sironi

European documentary: Collective (Collective), dir. Alexandre nanau

European animated feature film: Josep, dir. Aurel

European short film: All cats are gray in the dark, dir. Lasse Linder

Director Europe: Thomas Vinterberg for Another round

European actress: Paula Beer for Undine

European actor: Mads Mikkelsen for Another round

European screenwriter: Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm for Another round

European cinematography: Matteo Cocco for Hidden (Volevo Nascondermi)

EFA Award for Innovative Storytelling: Mark Cousins ​​for Women make cinema: a new road movie through cinema


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