Paolo Sorentino’s film “Youth”, with Madalina Ghenea, the big winner at the gala of the European Film Academy in Berlin

Youth – Youth – Paolo Sorentino’s film, starring Madalina Ghenea, was the big winner at the European Film Academy gala in Berlin.

He won the grand trophy and the award for directing. And Michael Caine’s score brought him the award for best actor. In the women’s category, the winner was Charlotte Rampling.

At the 2013 gala in Berlin he collected five awards with “La Grande Bellezza”, and now Paolo Sorrentino has triumphed again. He won the big trophy, but also the award for the best direction, with “Youth”. It is an optimistic story, but about the passage of time. For this film he collaborated with important names – Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda.

Paolo Sorrentino, filmmaker: “It’s more of a film about how the freedom we have is perceived. And I’m happy that it was awarded, because the most important thing now in Europe is exactly that – the perception of freedom.”

Rewarded, in the first part of the gala, with an honorary trophy for his entire career, Michael Caine was also named the best actor for the role in Youth in which he plays a conductor who retired from the activity.

Michael Caine, actor: “It’s really a surprise, another award! Until I never won an award in Europe and now I have two, in one night!”

The award for best actress went to the British Charlotte Rampling, for her role in the film “45 years”. Rampling also received a distinction for his entire career.

Charlotte Rampling: “It’s the fulfillment of a dream I’ve always had. When I was a young actress in England in the early ’70s, I crossed the English Channel because I wanted to join forces with Europe.”

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz – who appears in the latest Bond series film – has been rewarded for his contribution to world cinema.