Crime and glory

Gomorra, a movie by Italian director Matteo Garrone about Naples’ criminal underworld, has won the best film prize at the 21st annual European Film Awards.

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Published: Mon 8 Dec 2008, 9:52 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:52 PM

Garrone also has won the best director award for the movie by the European Film Academy on Saturday.-

At the European Film Awards, Kristin Scott Thomas won best actress for her role in I’ve Loved You So Long, while Toni Servillo won best actor in two movies, Gomorra and Il Divo by director Paolo Sorrentino.-

Garrone’s film is based on a best-selling book by Roberto Saviano, denouncing the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate’s hold on everything from fashion to waste disposal.-

In accepting the best film award, Garrone said he regretted that Saviano could not attend the Copenhagen ceremony because he lives in hiding in fear he could be slain.- The movie also grabbed the award for best screenplay.-

British actress Dame Judi Dench was honoured by the European Film Academy with a lifetime achievement award.- “I am completely overwhelmed,” a visibly moved Dench said after receiving a standing ovation.-

British director David Yates received the People’s Choice Awards for Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoennix, a recognition given by European moviegoers.-

The annual event, held this year in the Danish capital, celebrated the continent’s film industry as a European counterweight to the Academy Awards.-

The audience included Crown Prince Frederik, his Australian-born wife, Crown Princess Mary, and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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