news - Mon 14 Dec 2009
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White Ribbon tops European awards

Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner, The White Ribbon, won three of the top prizes at the European Film Awards in Bochum.

The black and white film, which examines the strange goings-on in a remote village in 1913 Germany, was named best film, while Haneke took best director and screenwriter.

British Oscar winner Kate Winslet won best actress for The Reader, with Tahar Rahim named best actor for Un Prophete (A Prophet).

Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire won the People's Choice Award.

The European Film Academy also paid special tributes to director Ken Loach, who was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and French actress Isabelle Huppert, who received the European Achievement in World Cinema.