Mads Mikkelsen: European Films Awards' Achievement in World Cinema Prize

Mads MikkelsenMads Mikkelsen will receive the European Film Academy's European Achievement in World Cinema 2011 Honorary Award “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film.” Previous recipients include Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Antonio Banderas, Lars von Trier, Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Jarre, Liv Ullmann, Roberto Benigni, Gabriel Yared, and Victoria Abril.

Among the Danish-born Mikkelsen's credits are Nicolas Winding Refn's crime dramas Pusher (1996) and With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004); Anders Thomas Jensen's The Green Butchers (2003) and Adam's Apples (2005); Susanne Bier's Open Hearts (2002) and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006); and Ole Christian Madsen's Flame and Citron (2008).

Outside of Denmark, Mikkelsen was the creepy villain with the bleeding eye in Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (2006); Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009); a corporate go-getter with a past in Peter Lindmark's Swedish drama Exit (2009); One Eye in Winding Refn's English-language Valhalla Rising (2009); Draco in Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans (2010); and Rochefort in Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers (2011).

Mikkelsen won the Danish critics' Bodil Award for Pusher II; he was also nominated for Open Hearts, The Green Butchers, and Prague (2006). Additionally, he has received two Best Actor European Film Award nominations to date, for After the Wedding and Flame and Citron.

From the set of the Arnaud des Pallières-directed Franco-German co-production Michael Kohlhaas, Mikkelsen sent the following statement to the European Film Academy:

“There is very little to say when you are honoured with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. Seeing the list of former recipients, all giants, and realising that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”

Based on Heinrich von Kleist's novel, Michael Kohlhaas also features Bruno Ganz, Sergi López, and Amira Casar.

Mads Mikkelsen, who will be turning 46 next November 22, will be an honorary guest at the 2011 European Film Awards Ceremony on 3 December 2011 in Berlin.

Mads Mikkelsen picture: Kenneth Willardt

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