German movie GOOD BYE, LENIN! picked up the top honours at the annual EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS ceremony, while the best director award went to LARS VON TRIER for drama DOGVILLE.

At Saturday's (06DEC03) ceremony, the European Film Academy's best actress award went to Charlotte Rampling for her role as an uptight British mystery writer in French director Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool.

French director Claude Chabrol, who won this year's (03) lifetime achievement award, says, "It's a lot for me. I believe in European cinema. For the future of European cinema, we need international films."

Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin! has become a box office sensation in its home country since its release in the spring (03). As well as the best film award, it got the best actor award, for DANIEL BRUEHL, and the best screenwriter award for Bernd Lichtenberg.

Last year's (02) best film prize went to Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her at a ceremony held in Rome, Italy.

08/12/2003 09:12