Triangle of Sadness Sweeps European Film Awards

Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavík

The 2022 European Film Awards took place in Rekjavík’s Harpa concert hall last night, December 11.

Some 1,200 were expected for the film awards, 700 of those foreign guests who came for the ceremony.

See also: European Film Awards in Reykjavík Postponed Due to COVID-19

The film awards, which had previously been postponed due to COVID-19, are seen as significant, as their being hosted in Reykjavík serves as recognition for Iceland as a film industry destination.

“Triangle of Sadness,” directed and written by Ruben Östlund, swept the awards last night. A critique of the lifestyles of the super-rich, the film garnered awards in four categories, including best film, best director (Ruben Östlund), best screenwriter (Ruben Östlund), and best actor (Zlatko Buric).

Other notable prize-winners included Vicky Krieps (best actress, “Corsage”), “Mariupolis” (best documentary), and “The Good Boss” (best European comedy).

In lieu of the traditional red carpet often present at film awards, attendees at Harpa walked along a moss carpet, both a reference to Icelandic nature and sustainability.


European Film Awards in Reykjavík Postponed to 2022

The European Film Awards will take place in Reykjavík in 2022, not this December as originally planned, due to COVID-19. A press release from the Icelandic government announced the decision to postpone the event. A digital ceremony will, however, be streamed live from Berlin on December 12, 2020.

“We were looking forward to welcoming our foreign guests this year and showing them everything we have to offer,” stated Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson. “But this is the best option in the current situation in light of the pandemic.” Minister of Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir stated that the festival program will be “glorious and diverse,” “it will just not be this year.” She called the festival “a very exciting opportunity for Icelandic film culture and the film industry in this country,” adding that “we will make good use of it.”

The festival will be held in Harpa Concert Hall with the collaboration of national broadcaster RÚV.

Reykjavík to Host European Film Awards

Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavík

The 2020 European Film Awards will be held in Reykjavík. The Ministry of Culture announced the decision today in a press release on their website. Reykjavík was selected from among three cities which applied to host the 2020 awards.

The award ceremony will take place in Reykjavík’s Harpa Concert Hall, which will host some 1,400 guests for the event. The ceremony is to be streamed live both in Iceland and abroad. Four Icelanders have been awarded at the ceremony in past years, including Björk, who received the Best Actress Award in 2000 for her role in Dancer in the Dark.

The European Film Awards were established in 1988 to promote European filmmaking. The awards are held in Berlin every other year, while other European cities get a chance to host on alternate years. Seville hosted the awards in 2018, and in previous years they have taken place in London, Paris, Rome, and Copenhagen, among others.