The most prestigious awards ceremony in European cinema, the European Film Awards, is to be hosted by Wrocław in 2016. This is set to be the most important film event of the 2016 European Capital of Culture programme.
The scene from "Short story about killing" movie (1987), the winner of the first European Film Award, in the picure: Mirosław Baka, photo. Polfilm/East News
The organization of this event in Wroclaw is "a prestige, a holiday and a boost of energy for the Polish film world" - assessed Agnieszka Holland, chair of the European Film Academy board.
This is also a Wrocław promotion. Lots of people will come and will appreciate this city – highlighted the director.
Marion Doering, director of the European Film Academy, highlighted that Wrocław in 2016 will not only be the European Capital of Culture but also the European Capital of cinema.
"There are few such ceremonies as the European Film Awards gala, where people express their emotions and stress how important it is to be European" - said Doering.
During the press conference, Krzysztof Zanussi, read aloud a letter from Wim Wenders – the president of the European Film Academy. The German director recalled that the European Film Awards were established in 1988 in Berlin, when the city was named the European Capital of Culture.
Exactly 25 years ago, on 1st April, 1989, we gathered again in Berlin and established the European Film Academy. Today, we not only announce Wrocław as the host of the 29th edition of the European Film Awards, but at the same time we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our academy – wrote Wim Wenders..
The first winner of this award was Krzysztof Kieślowski , who received it in 1988 for “Krótki film o zabijaniu” (“Short Film about Killing”) .
"It was a surprise that the Polish film was the first one to receive this award, but it also proved that we have created a true European award, not limited only to the countries of Western Europe. Now we can say that the award will return to Poland in 2016" - said Volker Hassemer, the founder of the European Film Awards
A concert of music by Zbigniew Preisner – the film music composer - will precede the awards ceremony..
"2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Krzysztof Kieślowski, so surely we’ll hear compositions that I wrote for his films. I'm also thinking about preparing eight fragments of love songs in eight different languages. I want to see a signal coming out from Wrocław saying that love is the most important thing - if there’s no love, nothing else matters" - said the composer
The award, considered to be the equivalent of the Oscars, are awarded by members of the European Film Academy. Agnieszka Holland is the chair of the institution's board and one of the board members is Krzysztof Zanussi. The prize is awarded in ten categories, of which the most important is the Film of the Year. Between 1988-1996 the winners received a “Felix” statuette. Since 1997, the new, nameless statuette, which is simply called the European Film Award, has been awarded. In odd years, the award ceremony is held in Berlin, where the headquarters of the European Film Academy are located. In even years, the ceremony is organized in other European cities. In 2014, the prized will be given in Riga – which is also this years’ European Capital of Culture along with Umeå (Sweden).
Source: PAP, ed. Natalia Zuch, April 2014, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 3.04.2014