“In the West, nothing new” by Edward Berger crowned best film

In the west, nothing is new, which tells the story of a young German soldier during the First World War, won, on the evening of Sunday February 19, the prize for best film at the Bafta, the British film awards. The film, produced by Netflix and directed by German Edward Berger, 53, won ahead of The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once And Tar.

This adaptation of the famous 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque – one of the most influential works of anti-militarist literature – equals Tiger and Dragon (directed by Ang Lee and released in 2000) for the number of nominations (14) for a film made in a language other than English. The film is also multi-nominated for the Oscars next month.

One of its producers, Malte Grunert, emphasized how relevant its message was. “There’s Nothing New in the West” tells the story of young men who, poisoned by right-wing nationalist political propaganda, go to war thinking it’s an adventure.did he declare. War is anything but an adventure”.

The film, released on both Netflix and theatrically in the UK, received seven awards during this 76e Bafta ceremony, held at the Royal Festival Hall in London, including that of best director for Edward Berger.

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Four awards for “The Banshees of Inisherin”

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her role in Tar. The Australian-American embodies a brilliant conductor, a monster of intelligence and self-control, caught in the vertigo of power. The 53-year-old actress won the award ahead of Viola Davis, Danielle Deadwyler, Ana De Armas, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh.

American Austin Butler won the best actor award for his role in the biopic Elvis on the rock’n’roll legend. The 31-year-old comedian won the bet in particular in front of Colin Farrell who was among the big favorites for The Banshees of Inisherin.

This tragicomedy about the brutal breakdown of a friendship ultimately won four awards, notably for the best supporting roles awarded to Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon, as well as in the categories best British film – although the feature film is Irish – and that for Best Original Screenplay.

Named in ten categories, the feature film Everything Everywhere all at oncewhere Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh plays a laundry owner immersed in parallel universes only won the Bafta for best editing.

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Prize for best documentary awarded to “Navalny”

The prize for best documentary went to Navalnydevoted to the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, against a backdrop of controversy, after the boss of the investigative site Bellingcat, Christo Grozev, was prevented from attending the ceremony for security reasons. London police cited the risk of“hostile intentions of foreign states”.

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More than five months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren has presented a tribute to the monarch. The 77-year-old actress had won an Oscar and a Bafta for her portrayal of the sovereign in the film The Queen in 2006. Prince William, the Queen’s grandson and Bafta president since 2010, attended the ceremony with his wife Kate for the first time since 2019.

The Bafta ceremony, like that of the Golden Globes, gives a taste of the Oscars, which will be awarded on March 12 in Los Angeles.

The World with AFP

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