The European Film Awards have unveiled its first two prize winning films: Marco Bellocchio's Italian film Goodmorning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte) and S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine by Rithy Panh, from France.
Bellochio's film won the European Film Academy Critics Award 2003 - Prix Fipresci, while S21 was awarded The European Film Academy Documentary 2003 - Prix Arte.
The critics' award is presented in co-operation with the international federation of film critics, Fipresci. Fipresci president Michel Ciment commented, "by awarding this prize to Marco Bellocchio's Buongiorno, Notte, Fipresci wants to single out not only a masterwork, one of the best of its author, but also an outstanding filmography which goes back to 1965 and comprises more than twenty films."
The documentary prize is awarded in co-operation with the European cultural channel Arte. The jury comprised filmmakers Alfredo Knuchel (Switzerland), Ben Lewis (UK) and Michael Muschner (Germany).
The awards will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at the Arena in Berlin on Saturday, December 6.