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The Best of All Worlds and Mademoiselle Paradis win big at the Austrian Film Awards

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- At the Austrian Film Academy’s eighth annual awards ceremony, the prizes in 16 categories were largely split between two big winners

The Best of All Worlds and Mademoiselle Paradis win big at the Austrian Film Awards
The winners of the Austrian Film Awards

On Wednesday night in Grafenegg, the Austrian Film Academy held its eighth annual awards ceremony, where the prizes in 16 categories were largely split between two big winners. The debut feature The Best of All Worlds [+see also:
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]
 by Adrian Goiginger, who penned the story inspired by true events from his childhood, scooped the Awards for Best Script, Best Director and Best Feature Film, along with two more significant prizes. For the role of a drug-afflicted mother who is torn between addiction and love for her son, Verena Altenberger won the Award for Best Actress, and Lukas Miko brought home the statuette for Best Supporting Actor. Miko received standing ovations when he read the appeal by 248 Austrian film professionals (gathered under the hashtag #KlappeAuf) against incitement and hate speech as a reaction to the current political situation in the country.

Losing out on three main awards, Barbara Albert’s 18th-century period drama Mademoiselle Paradis [+see also:
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interview: Barbara Albert
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]
, about a blind pianist called Resi, which was nominated in a record 14 categories, emerged as the second big winner, with a total of five prizes. Maresi Riegner was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role as a young maidservant, Veronika Albert for Best Costume Design, Helene Lang for Best Make-up and Katharina Wöppermann for Best Production Design. In her acceptance speech, Mademoiselle Paradis cinematographer Christine A Maier, also a big winner during the evening, called for more young women to take up the cinematographic profession.

Untitled [+see also:
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, the last film by Michael Glawogger, which was completed by Monika Willi after his death, was voted Best Documentary. It was also honoured for Best Original Music (Wolfgang Mitterer), Best Editing (Monika Willi) and Best Sound, which was bestowed upon four sound specialists.

During the ceremony, peppered with speeches against intolerance and racism, the presidents of the Austrian Film Academy, actress Ursula Strauss and director Stefan Ruzowitzky, addressed the audience with the following words: “The essence of our profession is empathy; that’s why we don’t understand why certain politicians don’t show empathy.”

Here is the full list of the winners of the 2018 Austrian Film Awards: 

Best Feature Film
The Best of All Worlds [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 – Adrian Goiginger (Austria/Germany)

Best Documentary
Untitled [+see also:
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]
 – Michael Glawogger and Monika Willi (Austria/Germany)

Best Short
Mathias – Clara Stern

Best Actress
Verena Altenberger – The Best of All Worlds

Best Actor
Lars Eidinger – The Bloom of Yesterday [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 (Austria/Germany)

Best Supporting Actress
Maresi Riegner – Mademoiselle Paradis [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Barbara Albert
film profile
]
 (Austria/Germany)

Best Supporting Actor
Lukas Miko – The Best of All Worlds

Best Director
Adrian Goiginger – The Best of All Worlds

Best Screenplay
Adrian Goiginger – The Best of All Worlds

Best Cinematography
Christine A Maier – Mademoiselle Paradis

Best Costume Designer
Veronika Albert – Mademoiselle Paradis 

Best Make-up Artist
Helene Lang – Mademoiselle Paradis

Best Original Music 
Wolfgang Mitterer – Untitled

Best Film Editing
Monika Willi – Untitled

Best Production Design
Katharina Wöppermann – Mademoiselle Paradis

Best Sound
Manuel Siebert (original sound), Matz Müller and Erik Mischijew (sound design), Tobias Fleig (sound mixing) – Untitled

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Jihlava Film Fund
CICAE
 

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