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European Film Award for Best Director

The European Film Award for Best Director is an award given out at the annual European Film Awards to recognize a director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in a film industry. The award is presented by the European Film Academy (EFA) and was first presented in 1988.

European Film Award for Best Director
Yorgos Lanthimos, THE LOBSTER, Fantastic Fest 2015 -9674 (27161878820).jpg
The 2019 recipient: Yorgos Lanthimos
Awarded forBest Achievement in Directing
Presented byEuropean Film Academy
First awardedWim Wenders
Wings of Desire (1988)
Currently held byYorgos Lanthimos
The Favourite (2018)

Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
  Pedro Almodóvar Talk to Her Hable con ella
  Marco Bellocchio My Mother's Smile L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)
  Andreas Dresen Grill Point Halbe Treppe
  Aki Kaurismäki The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä
  Mike Leigh All or Nothing
  Ken Loach Sweet Sixteen
  /   Roman Polański The Pianist
  Alexander Sokurov Russian Ark Русский ковчег
  Lars von Trier Dogville
  Wolfgang Becker Good Bye Lenin!
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan Distant Uzak
  Isabel Coixet My Life Without Me
  Marco Tullio Giordana The Best of Youth La meglio gioventù
  Michael Winterbottom In This World
  /   Alejandro Amenábar The Sea Inside Mar adentro
  /   Fatih Akin Head-On Gegen die Wand
  Pedro Almodóvar Bad Education La mala educación
  Theo Angelopoulos Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow Τριλογία: Το λιβάδι που δακρύζει
  /   Nimród Antal Kontroll
  Agnès Jaoui Look at Me Comme une image
  /   Michael Haneke Caché
  Susanne Bier Brothers Brødre
  Roberto Faenza Come Into the Light Alla luce del sole
  Álex de la Iglesia The Perfect Crime Crimen ferpecto
  Paweł Pawlikowski My Summer of Love
  Cristi Puiu The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Moartea domnului Lăzărescu
  Wim Wenders Don't Come Knocking
  Pedro Almodóvar Volver
  Susanne Bier After the Wedding Efter brylluppet
  Emanuele Crialese The Golden Door Nuovomondo
  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen
  Ken Loach The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross The Road to Guantanamo
  Cristian Mungiu 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile
  /   Fatih Akin The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite
  Roy Andersson You, the Living Du levande
  Stephen Frears The Queen
  Kevin Macdonald The Last King of Scotland
  Giuseppe Tornatore The Unknown La sconosciuta
  Matteo Garrone Gomorrah Gomorra
  Laurent Cantet The Class Entre les murs
  Andreas Dresen Cloud 9 Wolke neun
  Ari Folman Waltz with Bashir Vals im Bashir
  Steve McQueen Hunger
  Paolo Sorrentino Il Divo
  /   Michael Haneke The White Ribbon Das weiße Band
  Pedro Almodóvar Broken Embraces Los abrazos rotos
  Andrea Arnold Fish Tank
  Jacques Audiard A Prophet Un prophète
  Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
  Lars von Trier Antichrist


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
  /   Roman Polanski[B] The Ghost Writer
  Olivier Assayas Carlos
  Semih Kaplanoğlu Honey Bal
  Samuel Maoz Lebanon
  Paolo Virzì The First Beautiful Thing La prima cosa bella
  Susanne Bier In a Better World Hævnen
  Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo
  Aki Kaurismäki Le Havre
  Béla Tarr The Turin Horse A torinói ló
  Lars von Trier Melancholia
  /   Michael Haneke Amour
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
  Steve McQueen Shame
  Thomas Vinterberg The Hunt Jagten
  Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire
  Paolo Sorrentino The Great Beauty La grande belleza
  Pablo Berger Blancanieves
  Felix Van Groeningen The Broken Circle Breakdown
  /   Abdellatif Kechiche Blue Is the Warmest Colour La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2
  François Ozon In the House Dans la maison
  Giuseppe Tornatore The Best Offer La migliore offerta
  Paweł Pawlikowski Ida
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu
  Steven Knight Locke
  Ruben Östlund Force Majeure Turist
  Paolo Virzì Human Capital Il capitale umano
  Andrey Zvyagintsev Leviathan Левиафан
  Paolo Sorrentino Youth Youth - La giovinezza
  Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
  Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster
  Nanni Moretti Mia madre
  Sebastian Schipper Victoria
  Małgorzata Szumowska[B] Body Body / Ciało
  Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
  Pedro Almodóvar Julieta
  Ken Loach I, Daniel Blake
  Cristian Mungiu[C] Graduation Bacalaureat
  Paul Verhoeven Elle
  Ruben Östlund The Square
  Ildikó Enyedi On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről
  Aki Kaurismäki[B] The Other Side of Hope Toivon tuolla puolen
  Yorgos Lanthimos The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  Andrey Zvyagintsev Loveless Nelyubov
  Paweł Pawlikowski[C] Cold War Zimna wojna
  /   Ali Abbasi Border Gräns
  Matteo Garrone Dogman
  Samuel Maoz Foxtrot פוֹקְסטְרוֹט
  Alice Rohrwacher Happy as Lazzaro Lazzaro felice
  Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
  Pedro Almodóvar Pain and Glory Dolor y gloria
  Marco Bellocchio The Traitor Il traditore
  /   Roman Polanski An Officer and a Spy J'accuse
  Céline Sciamma Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
^[B] Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Silver Bear for Best Director
^[C] Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director
^[V] Venice Film Festival Silver Lion for Best Director


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