European Film Award for Best Director

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European Film Award for Best Director
Ruben Östlund in Aug 2014.jpg
The 2017 recipient: Ruben Östlund
Awarded forBest Achievement in Directing
Presented byEuropean Film Academy
First awardedWim Wenders
Wings of Desire (1988)
Currently held byRuben Östlund
The Square (2017)

The European Film Award for Best Director is an award given out at the annual European Film Awards to recognize a director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in a film industry. The award is presented by the European Film Academy (EFA) and was first presented in 1988.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Spain Pedro Almodóvar To Return Volver
Denmark Susanne Bier After the Wedding Efter brylluppet
Italy Emanuele Crialese The Golden Door Nuovomondo
Germany Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen
United Kingdom Ken Loach The Wind That Shakes the Barley
United Kingdom Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross The Road to Guantanamo
Romania Cristian Mungiu 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile
Germany Fatih Akin The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite
Sweden Roy Andersson You, the Living Du levande
United Kingdom Stephen Frears The Queen
United Kingdom Kevin Macdonald The Last King of Scotland
Italy Giuseppe Tornatore The Unknown La sconosciuta
Italy Matteo Garrone Gomorrah Gomorra
France Laurent Cantet The Class Entre les murs
Germany Andreas Dresen Cloud 9 Wolke neun
Israel Ari Folman Waltz with Bashir Vals im Bashir
United Kingdom Steve McQueen Hunger
Italy Paolo Sorrentino Il Divo
Austria Michael Haneke The White Ribbon Das weiße Band
Spain Pedro Almodóvar Broken Embraces Los abrazos rotos
United Kingdom Andrea Arnold Fish Tank
France Jacques Audiard A Prophet Un prophète
United Kingdom Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
Denmark Lars von Trier Antichrist


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Poland Roman Polanski The Ghost Writer
France Olivier Assayas Carlos
Turkey Semih Kaplanoğlu Honey Bal
Israel Samuel Maoz Lebanon
Italy Paolo Virzì The First Beautiful Thing La prima cosa bella
Denmark Susanne Bier In a Better World Hævnen
Belgium Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo
Finland Aki Kaurismäki Le Havre
Hungary Béla Tarr The Turin Horse A torinói ló
Denmark Lars von Trier Melancholia
Austria Michael Haneke Amour
Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
United Kingdom Steve McQueen Shame
Denmark Thomas Vinterberg The Hunt Jagten
Italy Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire
Italy Paolo Sorrentino The Great Beauty La grande belleza
Spain Pablo Berger Blancanieves
Belgium Felix Van Groeningen The Broken Circle Breakdown
Tunisia & France Abdellatif Kechiche Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2
France François Ozon In the House Dans la maison
Italy Giuseppe Tornatore The Best Offer La migliore offerta
Poland Paweł Pawlikowski Ida
Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu
United Kingdom Steven Knight Locke
Sweden Ruben Östlund Force Majeure Turist
Italy Paolo Virzì Human Capital Il capitale umano
Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev Leviathan Левиафан
Italy Paolo Sorrentino Youth Youth - La giovinezza
Sweden Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
Greece Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster
Italy Nanni Moretti Mia madre
Germany Sebastian Schipper Victoria
Poland Małgorzata Szumowska Body Body / Ciało
Germany Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Spain Pedro Almodóvar Julieta
United Kingdom Ken Loach I, Daniel Blake
Romania Cristian Mungiu Graduation Bacalaureat
Netherlands Paul Verhoeven Elle
Sweden Ruben Östlund The Square
Hungary Ildikó Enyedi On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről
Finland Aki Kaurismäki The Other Side of Hope Toivon tuolla puolen
Greece Yorgos Lanthimos The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev Loveless Nelyubov


Most wins by director[edit]

Director Awards Nominations
Michael Haneke 3 3
Pedro Almodóvar 2 5
Paolo Sorrentino 2 3
Susanne Bier 1 3
Lars Von Trier 1 3
Cristian Mungiu 1 2
Ruben Östlund 1 2
Paweł Pawlikowski 1 2
Roman Polanski 1 2
Wim Wenders 1 2
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 0 3
Aki Kaurismäki 0 3
Ken Loach 0 3
Fatih Akın 0 2
Roy Andersson 0 2
Yorgos Lanthimos 0 2
François Ozon 0 2
Michael Winterbottom 0 2
Andrey Zvyagintsev 0 2

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