This morning, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the first winners to be honoured at the 32nd European Film Awards, presented on 7 December in Berlin.
A special eight-member jury (including French editor Nadia Ben Rachid, German composer Annette Focks, Portuguese production designer Artur Pinheiro and Norwegian sound designer Gisle Tveito) convened in Berlin and, based on the EFA Feature Film Selection, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, hair & make-up, original score, sound and visual effects.
The excellence jury decided to award this year’s ‘European Original Score’ prize to John Gürtler for his work on Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher:
“The music in SYSTEM CRASHER is modern, virtuosic, impulsive and surprising. John Gürtler has transformed the unspeakable into music. Where words are no longer possible, his film music manages to function as a non-verbal language, reflecting the inside of the protagonist and carrying the viewer along with it.”
Nora Fingscheidt’s impressive debut feature previously won the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The psychological drama has furthermore been chosen as Germany’s representative for the International Feature Film Award at the 92nd Oscars and is nominated for the ‘Best Film’ category at the European Film Awards. The film’s main actress, Helena Zengel in the role of Benni, is nominated for European Actress 2019.