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A scene from The Square
A scene from 'The Square,' which won six European Film PrizesImage: Magnolia Pictures

'The Square' wins top prizes at European Film Awards

December 9, 2017

Swedish satire "The Square" has scooped the award for best film at the European Film Awards in Berlin. It also claimed five more prizes, including those for best director, best screenwriter and best actor.

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"The Square," by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, dominated the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday night.

The Cannes Palme d'Or winner beat works from Hungary, Finland, Russia and France to claim the best film award, as well as best director for Ostland and best actor for Claes Bang of Denmark. The poignant satirical comedy about an art installation at a Swedish museum also won the awards for best production designer, best screenplay and best comedy.

Alexandra Borbely accepts the award for best actress
Hungary's Alexandra Borbely accepts the best actress prize for her role in 'On Body and Soul'Image: Getty Images/AFP/T. Schwarz

Alexandra Borbely from Hungary's "On Body and Soul," which won this year's Golden Bear at the Berlinale, was named best actress.

French-American actress Julie Delpy was recognized with an award for achievement in world cinema. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Russian director Alexander Sokurov , perhaps best known for his 2002 film "Russian Ark," which was filmed in a single unedited shot.

Claes Bang
Claes Bang, of Denmark, holds up his best actor prizeImage: Getty Images/AFP/T. Schwarz

The documentary prize went to "Communion" by Polish filmmaker Anna Zamecka.

"Loving Vincent," a biographical drama about the death of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, claimed the prize for best animated feature.

German director Maren Ade won the award for last year's best European film for the comedy, "Toni Erdmann."

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