09 December, 2009

The 22nd European Film Awards: Presenters and Guests

When the doors open for the 22nd European Film Awards on Saturday, 12 December, the world of European cinema will step onto the red carpet at the spectacular venue of the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Winners, nominees and EFA members - altogether, 1,400guests will be welcomed by German comedy star Anke Engelke who will be host for the evening.

An impressive line-up of actors and actresses will present the individual awards, among them Victoria Abril(Spain), Caterina Murino (Italy), Johanna ter Steege (the Netherlands), and María Valverde (Spain), as well as Detlev Buck (Germany), Jesper Christensen (Denmark), Sir Ben Kingsley (UK), Maciej Stuhr (Poland), and Anatole Taubman (Switzerland).

Joining them will be documentary director Nino Kirtadzé (France/Georgia), actor/director Aksel Hennie (Norway) who was part of the European Film Promotion's SHOOTING STARS programme in 2004, and director/actor Branko Djuric (Bosnia & Herzegovina).

The list of presenters is completed by Dr. Gottfried Langenstein, President of ARTE, EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and EFA President Wim Wenders.

Among the guests this year will be actresses Hannelore Elsner (Germany), Krystyna Janda (Poland), Julia Jentsch (Germany), directors Roland Emmerich and Sönke Wortmann. Award winners already announced include Peter Liechti (EFA Documentary 2009: Prix ARTE), Diana Elbaum and Jani Thiltges (European Co-production Award: Prix EURIMAGES), Andrzej Wajda (EFA Critics' Award 2009: Prix FIPRESCI) and honorary awards recipients Ken Loach and Isabelle Huppert.

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