7 December 2013 1:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday in a wintry Berlin, where the Italo pic took home prizes for best film, director, actor for Toni Servillo, and editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.

The screenwriter award went to Francois Ozon for “In the House,” while Veerle Baetens was named best actress for Felix Van Groeningen’s ”The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Among the femme luminaries of the Euro film scene on the red carpet were Catherine Deneuve, who was feted with the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award, Noomi RapaceKristin Scott Thomas and Diane Kruger. Helmer Wim Wenders, the Efa prexy, gave the award to Deneuve and said that it was difficult to stand before her as she “had made such an impact on the young filmmaker I once was.”

The male leading lights of European moviemaking at the event included Ennio Morricone, »

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