European Film Award for Best Film

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European Film Award
for Best Film
Awarded forBest European Film of the Year
Presented byEuropean Film Academy
First awarded1988
Currently held byCold War (2018)
Websitehttp://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/

European Film Award for Best Film has been awarded annually since 1988 by the European Film Academy.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year English title Producer(s) Director(s) Country Language Note
1988
(1st)
A Short Film About Killing Ryszard Chutkowski Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland Polish [C]
Goodbye Children Louis Malle Louis Malle France, West Germany French, German [V]
The Animated Forest Eduardo Ducay José Luis Cuerda Spain Spanish
Distant Voices, Still Lives Jennifer Howarth Terence Davies United Kingdom English [C]
Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin Wim Wenders West Germany, France German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish [C]
Jacob Mihai Opris Mircea Daneliuc Romania Romanian
Pelle the Conqueror Per Holst Bille August Denmark, Sweden Scanian, Danish, Swedish [C]
1989
(2nd)
Landscape in the Mist Theo Angelopoulos, Eric Heumann, Amedeo Pagani, Stéphane Sorlat Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, France, Italy Greek [V] [B]
The Midas Touch Géza Bereményi Hungary Hungarian [V]
Magnus Þráinn Bertelsson Iceland Icelandic
Recollections of the Yellow House João César Monteiro Portugal Portuguese [V]
High Hopes Victor Glynn, Simon Channing-Williams Mike Leigh United Kingdom English
Little Vera Vasili Pichul Soviet Union Russian [V]
^[B] Berlin Film Festival selection
^[C] Cannes Film Festival selection
^[V] Venice Film Festival selection

1990s[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
1990
(3rd)

Open Doors
Porte aperte Gianni Amelio Italy
The Match Factory Girl Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö Aki Kaurismäki Finland
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau France
Interrogation Przesłuchanie Ryszard Bugajski Poland
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela! Carlos Saura Spain
The Guardian Angel Skyddsängeln Suzanne Osten Sweden
Mother Мать Gleb Panfilov Soviet Union
1991
(4th)

Riff-Raff
Ken Loach United Kingdom
The Voyager Homo Faber Volker Schlöndorff Germany
The Little Gangster Le petit criminel Jacques Doillon France
Toto the Hero Toto le Héros Jaco Van Dormael  Belgium
Delicatessen Delicatessen Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet France
Ultra Ultrà Ricky Tognazzi Italy
1992
(5th)

The Stolen Children
Il ladro di bambini Gianni Amelio Italy
La Vie de Bohème La Vie de bohème Aki Kaurismäki France
The Lovers on the Bridge Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Leos Carax France
North Nord Xavier Beauvois France
Three Days Trys dienos Šarūnas Bartas  Lithuania
The Northerners De Noorderlingen Alex van Warmerdam Netherlands
1993
(6th)

Close to Eden
Урга — территория любви Nikita Mikhalkov Russia
Benny's Video Benny's Video Michael Haneke Austria
A Heart in Winter Un cœur en hiver Claude Sautet France
Man Bites Dog C'est arrivé près de chez vous Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde  Belgium
Orlando N/A Sally Potter United Kingdom
Antonio's Girlfriend La petite amie d'Antonio Manuel Poirier France
1994
(7th)

Lamerica
Lamerica Gianni Amelio Italy
In the Name of the Father N/A Jim Sheridan United Kingdom
Three Colours: Blue, Three Colours: White, Three Colors: Red Trois couleurs: Bleu, Trois couleurs: Blanc, Trois couleurs: Rouge Krzysztof Kieślowski France, Poland,   Switzerland
Kosh ba kosh Кош ба кош Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov Russia
Son of the Shark Le Fils du requin Agnès Merlet France
Woyzeck Woyzeck János Szász Hungary
1995
(8th)

Land and Freedom
Ken Loach United Kingdom
Rendez-Vous in Paris Les Rendez-vous de Paris Éric Rohmer France
Ulysses' Gaze Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα Theo Angelopoulos Greece
Butterfly Kiss N/A Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom
Deathmaker Der Totmacher Romuald Karmakar Germany
La Haine La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz France
1996
(9th)

Breaking the Waves
Lars von Trier Denmark
Kolya Kolja Jan Svěrák  Czech Republic
Secrets & Lies N/A Mike Leigh United Kingdom
Lea Lea Ivan Fila Germany
Some Mother's Son N/A Terry George Ireland
1997
(10th)

The Full Monty
Peter Cattaneo United Kingdom
Captain Conan Capitaine Conan Bertrand Tavernier France
The Fifth Element Le Cinquième Élément Luc Besson France
The Perfect Circle Savršeni krug Ademir Kenović  Bosnia and Herzegovina
The English Patient N/A Anthony Minghella United Kingdom
The Thief Вор Pavel Chukhrai Russia
1998
(11th)

Life Is Beautiful
La vita è bella Roberto Benigni Italy
The Butcher Boy N/A Neil Jordan Ireland
Live Flesh Carne trémula Pedro Almodóvar Spain
The Celebration Festen Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
The Dreamlife of Angels La Vie rêvée des anges Erick Zonca France
Run Lola Run Lola rennt Tom Tykwer Germany
My Name Is Joe N/A Ken Loach United Kingdom
1999
(12th)

All About My Mother
Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Show Me Love Fucking Åmål Lukas Moodysson Sweden
Mifune's Last Song Mifunes sidste sang Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Denmark
Moloch Молох Alexander Sokurov Russia
Notting Hill N/A Roger Michell United Kingdom
Rosetta Rosetta Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne  Belgium
Sunshine N/A István Szabó  Canada, Hungary, Austria, Germany
The War Zone N/A Tim Roth United Kingdom

2000s[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2000
(13th)

Dancer in the Dark
Lars von Trier Denmark
Billy Elliot N/A Stephen Daldry United Kingdom
Chicken Run N/A Peter Lord, Nick Park United Kingdom
Harry, He's Here to Help Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien Dominik Moll France
The Taste of Others Le Goût des autres Agnès Jaoui France
Bread and Tulips Pane e tulipani Silvio Soldini Italy
Faithless Trolösa Liv Ullmann Sweden
2001
(14th)

Amélie
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet France
Bridget Jones's Diary N/A Sharon Maguire United Kingdom
The Experiment Das Experiment Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany
Intimacy Intimacy Patrice Chéreau France, Italy
Italian for Beginners Italiensk for begyndere Lone Scherfig Denmark
The Piano Teacher La Pianiste Michael Haneke Austria, France
The Son's Room La stanza del figlio Nanni Moretti Italy, France
The Others N/A Alejandro Amenábar Spain
2002
(15th)

Talk to Her
Hable con ella Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Bend It Like Beckham N/A Gurinder Chadha United Kingdom
Bloody Sunday N/A Paul Greengrass United Kingdom
8 Women 8 femmes François Ozon France
Lilya 4-ever Lilja 4-ever Lukas Moodysson Sweden
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Aki Kaurismäki Finland, Germany, France
The Magdalene Sisters N/A Peter Mullan United Kingdom
The Pianist N/A Roman Polanski France, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom
2003
(16th)

Good Bye, Lenin!
Wolfgang Becker Germany
Dirty Pretty Things N/A Stephen Frears United Kingdom
Dogville N/A Lars von Trier Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, France, United Kingdom, Germany
In This World N/A Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom
My Life Without Me Mi vida sin mí Isabel Coixet Spain,  Canada
Swimming Pool N/A François Ozon France, United Kingdom
2004
(17th)

Head-On
Gegen die Wand Fatih Akın Germany,  Turkey
A Hole in My Heart Ett hål i mitt hjärta Lukas Moodysson Sweden, Denmark
Bad Education La mala educación Pedro Almodóvar Spain
The Chorus Les choristes Christophe Barratier France,   Switzerland
The Sea Inside Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Spain, France, Italy
Vera Drake N/A Mike Leigh United Kingdom, France
2005
(18th)

Hidden
Caché Michael Haneke France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Brothers Brødre Susanne Bier Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden,  Norway
Don't Come Knocking N/A Wim Wenders Germany
The Child L'enfant Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne  Belgium, France
My Summer of Love N/A Pawel Pawlikowski United Kingdom
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund Germany
2006
(19th)

The Lives of Others
Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany
Breakfast on Pluto N/A Neil Jordan Ireland, United Kingdom
Grbavica: Esma's Secret Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany,  Croatia
The Road to Guantanamo N/A Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross United Kingdom
Volver Volver Pedro Almodóvar Spain
The Wind That Shakes the Barley N/A Ken Loach United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain
2007
(20th)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu Romania
The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite Fatih Akın Germany,  Turkey
The Last King of Scotland N/A Kevin Macdonald United Kingdom
La Vie En Rose La Môme Olivier Dahan France,  Czech Republic, United Kingdom
Persepolis Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud France
The Queen N/A Stephen Frears United Kingdom, France, Italy
2008
(21st)

Gomorrah
Gomorra Matteo Garrone Italy
Il Divo Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino Italy
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet France
Happy-Go-Lucky N/A Mike Leigh United Kingdom
The Orphanage El orfanato Juan Antonio Bayona Spain
Waltz with Bashir ואלס עם באשיר Ari Folman  Israel, France, Germany
2009
(22nd)

The White Ribbon
Das weiße Band Michael Haneke Germany, Austria, France, Italy
Fish Tank N/A Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
Let the Right One In Låt den rätte komma in Tomas Alfredson Sweden
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard France
The Reader N/A Stephen Daldry United Kingdom, Germany
Slumdog Millionaire N/A Danny Boyle United Kingdom

2010s[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2010
(23rd)

The Ghost Writer
Roman Polanski France, Germany, United Kingdom
Honey Bal Semih Kaplanoğlu  Turkey
Of Gods and Men Des hommes et des dieux Xavier Beauvois France
Lebanon לבנון Samuel Maoz  Israel, Germany, France
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos Juan José Campanella  Argentina, Spain
Soul Kitchen Soul Kitchen Fatih Akın Germany
2011
(24th)

Melancholia
Lars von Trier Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
The Artist N/A Michel Hazanavicius France
The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne  Belgium, France, Italy
In a Better World Hævnen Susanne Bier Denmark
The King's Speech N/A Tom Hooper United Kingdom
Le Havre Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki Finland, France, Germany
2012
(25th)

Amour
Michael Haneke  Austria, France, Germany
Barbara N/A Christian Petzold Germany
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
The Intouchables Intouchables Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano France
Shame N/A Steve McQueen United Kingdom
Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Italy
2013
(26th)

The Great Beauty
La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino  Italy, France
Blancanieves N/A Pablo Berger  Spain
The Broken Circle Breakdown N/A Felix Van Groeningen  Belgium
The Best Offer La Migliore Offerta Giuseppe Tornatore  Italy
Oh Boy! N/A Jan Ole Gerster Germany
Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 Abdellatif Kechiche France
2014
(27th)

Ida
Paweł Pawlikowski  Poland,  Denmark
Force Majeure Turist Ruben Östlund  Sweden,  Denmark,  Norway, France
Leviathan Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev  Russia
Nymphomaniac – Director's Cut N/A Lars von Trier  Denmark,  Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu Nuri Bilge Ceylan  Turkey
2015
(28th)

Youth
Youth – La giovinezza Paolo Sorrentino  Italy France United Kingdom   Switzerland
The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos  Ireland United Kingdom  Greece France  Netherlands
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven France  Turkey Germany
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron Roy Andersson  Sweden  Norway France Germany
Rams Hrútar Grímur Hákonarson  Iceland  Denmark
Victoria Sebastian Schipper Germany
2016
(29th)

Toni Erdmann
N/A Maren Ade Germany,  Austria
Elle N/A Paul Verhoeven France, Germany
I, Daniel Blake N/A Ken Loach United Kingdom, France
Julieta N/A Pedro Almodóvar  Spain
Room N/A Lenny Abrahamson  Ireland,  Canada
2017
(30th)
The Square Ruben Östlund  Sweden, Germany, France,  Denmark
BPM (Beats per Minute) 120 battements par minute Robin Campillo France
Loveless Nelyubov Andrey Zvyagintsev  Russia,  Belgium, Germany, France
On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi  Hungary
The Other Side of Hope Toivon tuolla puolen Aki Kaurismäki  Finland Germany
2018
(31st)
Cold War Pawel Pawlikowski  Poland,  United Kingdom, France
Border Ali Abbasi  Sweden,  Denmark
Dogman Matteo Garrone  Italy, France
Girl Lukas Dhont  Belgium,  Netherlands
Happy as Lazzaro Alice Rohrwacher  Italy Germany, France,   Switzerland

Record holders[edit]

Achievement Holder Years
Most wins (by country)  Italy (7) 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2008, 2013, 2015
Most wins (by country) including co-productions  Germany (10) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
Most nominations (by country)  France (37) 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Most nominations (by country) including co-productions  France (60) 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Most wins for Best Film (by director) ItalyGianni Amelio (3)
DenmarkLars von Trier (3)
AustriaMichael Haneke (3)
1990, 1992, 1994
1996, 2000, 2011
2005, 2009, 2012
Most nominations for Best Film (by director) SpainPedro Almodóvar (6)
1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2016

Most wins by country[edit]

Country Awards Nominations Awards (with co-productions) Nominations (with co-productions)
ItalyItaly 7 13 9 20
GermanyGermany 5 18 10 39
FranceFrance 3 37 10 60
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 3 34 6 42
DenmarkDenmark 3 11 5 17
PolandPoland 3 5 3 7
SpainSpain 2 13 2 14
SwedenSweden 1 10 2 13
RussiaRussia 1 6 1 6
AustriaAustria 1 3 4 7
GreeceGreece 1 2 1 3
RomaniaRomania 1 2 1 2
BelgiumBelgium 0 6 0 8
Republic of IrelandIreland 0 4 0 5
FinlandFinland 0 4 0 4
HungaryHungary 0 3 0 4
TurkeyTurkey 0 2 1 4
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 0 2 0 2
IcelandIceland 0 2 0 2
IsraelIsrael 0 2 0 2
Soviet UnionSoviet Union 0 2 0 2
NetherlandsNetherlands 0 1 0 4
Czech RepublicCzech Republic 0 1 0 2
ArgentinaArgentina 0 1 0 1
West GermanyWest Germany 0 1 0 1
PortugalPortugal 0 1 0 1
LithuaniaLithuania 0 1 0 1
SwitzerlandSwitzerland 0 0 1 4
NorwayNorway 0 0 0 3
CanadaCanada 0 0 0 2
CroatiaCroatia 0 0 0 1

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