European Film Awards: Six prizes for THE GHOST WRITER

05.12.2010

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer won six prizes at the 23rd European Film Awards gala in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday night: Best Film, Best Director (Roman Polanski), Best Screenwriter (Roman Polanski, Robert Harris), Best Production Designer (Albrecht Konrad), Best Actor (Ewan McGregor), and Best Composer (Alexandre Desplat). While the story of the political thriller is set in England and the USA, the film itself was shot entirely in Germany and produced by Studio Babelsberg.

We have earned international recognition, as the film, which is set in the USA and in England, was completely shot in Germany on locations like Sylt and Usedom as well as in the Babelsberg studios. A great performance regarding locations and production design.
Carl Woebcken
CEO Studio Babelsberg
Co-producer of The Ghost Writer

On behalf of Studio Babelsberg, Dr. Carl Woebcken, CEO and co-producer of the film, said: “Studio Babelsberg congratulates Roman Polanski and all the winners. We are very happy about this wonderful acknowledgement. These awards are always shining on the people, who made the film. We have earned international recognition, as the film, which is set in the USA and in England, was completely shot in Germany on locations like Sylt and Usedom as well as in the Babelsberg studios. A great performance regarding locations and production design.”

Henning Molfenter, Managing Director of Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures and Executive Producer, adds: “Roman Polanski is a perfectionist. We have managed to turn his creative visions into reality. We share the happiness with our producer colleagues from France, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Together, we have proved the high quality and professionalism of Babelsberg and Germany as a filming location.”

The Ghost Writer is the second collaboration by Studio Babelsberg with Roman Polanski: the studio had previously produced the Oscar-winning film The Pianist in 2001.

At this year’s Berlinale, Roman Polanski received the Silver Bear for Best Director.

The Ghost Writer is based on the novel Ghost by the bestseller author Robert Harris who also wrote the screenplay together with Polanski. The film is a German-French-British co- production between the partners RP Productions (F), Studio Babelsberg (D) and Runteam (UK). Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde produced the film. Dr. Carl Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter, all from Studio Babelsberg, and Timothy Burrill from Runteam serve as the co-producers. Studio Babelsberg was the sole executive production company.

The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Wirtschaftliche Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern supported the film.