Great satisfaction, at these Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022, for Sebastian Meise’s Great Freedom, which won eight awards, including Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Georg Friedrich), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Thomas Prenn), Best Director and Best Screenplay. The awards ceremony – supervised by director Clara Stern – was equally satisfying for Fox in a Hole by Arman T. Riahi, which won four prizes.
Austria chose them
The Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022 were awarded tonight, from 7 p.m., at the auditorium in Grafenegg and supervised by director Clara Stern. Once again, for the twelfth consecutive year, the Akademie des Österreichischen Films, founded in 2009, chaired by actress Verena Altenberger and director Arash T. Riahi (who on this occasion officially replaced the two previous presidents, Stefan Ruzowitzky and Ursula Strauss) and which from this year will also include several film producers and assistant directors, awarded the best films and professionals of Austrian cinema. Once again, the excitement and trepidation waiting to know the names of the winners were strong.
Great satisfaction at these Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022 for Sebastian Meise‘s Great Freedom, which won eight awards, including Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Georg Friedrich), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Thomas Prenn), Best Director and Best Screenplay. The evening was equally satisfying for Arman T. Riahi’s Fox in a Hole – awarded for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Maria Hofstätter), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Luna Jordan), Best Score (Karwan Marouf) and Best Sound (Atanas Tscholakov, Nils Kirchhoff and Manuel Meichsner). And while the Best Documentary Prize awarded to Notes from the Underworld by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel was practically no surprising, equally interesting were the prizes awarded to the feature films Hinterland by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Best Production Design) and The Royal Game by Philipp Stölzl (Best Costume Design).
During this evening of the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022 – presented by actress Julia Edtmeier and director, screenwriter and actor Michael Ostrowski – special attention was paid to the current war in Ukraine, with a message of hope and solidarity towards that nation, and to the film professionals who have left us this year, including director Reinhard Schwabenitzky, musician and actor Willi Resetarits, producer Ursula Wolschlager and former Diagonale director Oliver Testor. During the event, topics such as the main difficulties in working in the film industry today and the need for continued support for national film productions were also frequently addressed.
This was a very important year for Austrian cinema. Many feature films shot in Austria were also very successful at international festivals (not forgetting that Great Freedom even made it onto the Oscar 2022 short list for Best International Feature Film). The desire to experiment, to search for new languages, to tell living, pulsating stories is stronger than ever. And who knows how many more beautiful surprises we will be given in the future.
Below are all the winners of these Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022. Congratulations to all and see you next year!
BEST SHORT FILM
Genosse Tito, ich erbe by Olga Kosanovic
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Maria Hofstätter for Fox in a Hole
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Georg Friedrich for Great Freedom
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Luna Jordan for Fox in a Hole
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Thomas Prenn for Great Freedom
Crystel Fournier for Great Freedom
Johana Scrinzi for Great Freedom
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Tanja Hausner for The Royal Game
Heiko Schmidt, Roman Braunhofer, Kerstin Gaecklein for Great Freedom
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Oleg Prodeus, Andreas Sobotka, Martin Reiter for Hinterland
Karwan Marouf for Fox in a Hole
Atanas Tscholakov, Nils Kirchhoff, Manuel Meichsner for Fox in a Hole
Snotty Boy by Marcus H. Rosenmüller and Santiago López Jover