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Little England wins big at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards

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- The blockbuster period film was crowned Movie of the Year with six awards, while social drama The Enemy Within came second with three gongs

Little England wins big at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards
Little England by Pantelis Voulgaris

Pantelis Voulgaris’ box-office sensation Little England [+see also:
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added the title of Best Movie of the Year to its hit status on Monday night, coming out of the fifth Hellenic Film Academy Awards with six prizes in total. Though the film didn’t manage to pick up any supporting awards in major categories other than Best Cinematography, it cleaned up in the technical areas by winning for Set Design, Costume Design, Sound and Make-up. 

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In what was arguably one of the most predictable award ceremonies in the HFA’s short history, Yorgos TsemberopoulosThe Enemy Within [+see also:
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caused a short-lived stir when the film broke Little England’s streak by picking up three majors: Best Editing went to Yorgos Mavropsaridis, making this his second HFA award after Dogtooth [+see also:
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, Best Screenplay went to Giannis Tsiros, and Best Directing went to Tsemberopoulos. 

Themis Panou’s Venice Best Actor Award was reinforced when he was called on stage to collect the Best Leading Actor prize for Miss Violence [+see also:
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, shortly after Reni Pitaki had picked up the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role in the same film. Nikos Georgakis turned Standing Aside, Watching [+see also:
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’s singular nomination into a win when he picked up the Best Supporting Actor Award, while the split vote across Little England’s double nomination for Best Leading Actress probably helped Kora Karvouni to take home the prize for her pivotal performance in Toronto-premiered September [+see also:
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Angelos Spartalis’ animated version of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon was one of two films that managed to interrupt Little England’s reign over the technical categories, with the film picking up Best Special Effects and Cinematic Innovation. Alexandros Voulgaris, son of Little England director Pantelis, caused the second upset by winning the Best Music Award for his work on Nicholas TriandafyllidisThe Sentimentalists

Elina Psykou was crowned Best New Director for Berlinale attendee The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas [+see also:
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, Panagiotis EvangelidisThey Glow in the Dark won Best Documentary, and Konstantina Kotzamani’s Washingtonia was named Best Short, while director Costa Gavras and colourist Yorgos Stamos received this year’s Honorary Awards.

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