EUROPE Awards

Ambassador of European Cinema 2019

According to Tennessee Williams Vanessa Redgrave is “the greatest living actress of our time”. Only superlatives do justice to the Oscar, Golden Globe, two Emmy and a Tony Awards winner actress who has also won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA TV Award – to name only the most important awards she has been given. She was nominated for the Academy Award six times and during her career she has worked with legendary directors, such as Tony Richardson, James Ivory, Karel Reisz, Fred Zinnemann, Joe Wright, Sidney Lumet, Richard Attenborough and Michelangelo Antonioni. She reigns as a queen both on stage and in screen. As a member of the theatrical Redgrave-family (her father was the great actor, Sir Michael Redgrave) she settled on acting at an early age. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was unforgettable in the role of Isadora Duncan just like in other fi lms like Julia, Oh! What a Lovely War, Murder on the Orient Express, Mission Impossible and Howards End – to point out only a few of the hundreds of roles she has played so far.

VANESSA REDGRAVE AND FRANCO NERO RECEIVE THE FESTIVAL’S AMBASSADOR OF EUROPEAN CINEMA AWARD ON 19 SEPTEMBER AT 6:30 PM IN THE PRESSBURGER ROOM OF HOUSE OF ARTS.

Ambassador of European Cinema 2019

The blue-eyed Italian actor famous for his steely look became well-known after playing the leading role in Django in 1966. Sergio Corbucci’s Italowestern is a real cult classic: several unoffi cial and official sequels of Django have been produced and it inspired directors such as Quentin Tarantino. In his Django Unchained directed by Tarantino, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, the legendary Nero appears in a cameo role. In 1967 Nero played the legendary Lancelot Du Lac in Camelot. This is his fi rst movie with Vanessa Redgrave, who he fell in love with and had a child shortly after. Franco Nero married the Academy Award winning actress in 2006. Hundreds of thousands remember Damiano Damiani’s mafi a movies from the 1970s like Confessions of a Police Captain or How to Kill a Judge. Similarly well-known is Keoma by Enzo G. Castellari, The Day of the Owl (in which Nero plays with Claudia Cardinale, our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient of 2015) or Querelle and Tristana by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel. We should not forget about The Conquest and Sacra Co-rona by Gábor Koltay or Die Hard 2 in which he played the main antagonist with Bruce Willis. In 2005 Nero made his directorial debut with Forever Blues and in 2008 he played the leading role in Tamás Almási’s Mario, the Magician. In 2017 he played Julius in John Wick: Chapter 2. Franco Nero played in more than 200 fi lms so far.

Ambassador of European Cinema 2018

During his long and outstanding career Krzysztof Zanussi won the Golden Lion in Venice, the Jury Prize in Cannes and the Golden Leopard in Locarno, and he has been nominated to the Golden Globe as well. Zanussi, one of the major figures of European and international cinema, can only be described in superlatives – and imperatives. He is probably one of the most intellectual, most intelligent, purest and most detached (but also passionate and sentimental) directors of our time. He is also a professional in the best and purest sense of the word and speaks several languages. His heroes, mostly during times of historical and political unrest
in Central Europe, seek for purity, morale and meaning in their lives and in their relationships that are irrespective of the era and the society. The director worked with stars like Vittorio Gassman, Daniel Olbrychski, Christoph Waltz, Raf Vallone, Max von Sydow, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Maja Komorowska, Robert Powell and Valeria Golino and directed world-famous films like the Camouflage, The Structure of Crystal, Spiral, Imperative, A Year of the Quiet Sun or From a Far Country, the latter presenting the early life of Pope John Paul II. His congenial partner, Sławomir Idziak, who photographed 13 of Zanussi’s movies, was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award of Jameson CineFest in 2009. The leading Hungarian film festival pays tribute to the legendary artist with screening three of his masterpieces (The Structure of Crystal, the Golden Lion-winning A Year of the Quiet Sun and the Jury Prize-winning The Constant Factor) and giving him the Europe Award. Krzysztof Zanussi will be the foreman at the International Jury at this year’s Jameson CineFest.

Europe Awards 2017

The leading actress of ‘Shortcuts’ aka ‘Cutting it Short’, Magda Vásáryova was 19 when she played the leading role in the film, ‘Marketa Lazarova’. The three-hours epic is considered by the critics and film historians one of the European masterpieces of the golden years of the 1960s. A few years back, the premiere of its digitally re-mastered copy has been a true headliner. The actress is not only acknowledged for dozens of great roles but also for her career in politics. After the regime change she became a politician and a diplomat, making it up the being Slovakian presidential candidate. She also served as ambassador and state secretary of foreign affairs. The actress and politician speaks several languages and has a truly European point of view.

Europe Awards 2016

Juliette Binoche is the only actress who was the Best Actress of Venice, Berlin and Cannes. In Venice she was awarded for her leading role in Three Colors: Blue. In Berlin she was named Best Actress for The English Patient and in Cannes for the leading role of the Certified Copy by the legendary Abbas Kiarostami. One out of the eight Academy Awards of The English Patient went to her: playing Hana, the Canadian nurse was one of the highlights of her career. Three Colors: Blue and The English Patient made her an international star, one of the most well-known actresses of the world. She worked with the greatest masters of the world cinema: Michael Haneke’s masterpieces Code Unknown and Caché are unimaginable without Binoche. She is a great actress and a true star, an European star: role model and point of orientation for millions.