The International Emmy’s are a brilliant chance to see programmes from around the world recognised for their various achievements. The 2013 Awards recently took place and it was an incredible opportunity to see programmes that you would otherwise perhaps never hear about and see a taste of the brilliant filmmaking that goes on in so many different countries.
The Best Drama category was particularly strong, with Brazil’s Next in Line looking like a definite standout. However, the award was given to the excellent French series, The Returned, an utterly mesmerising Zombie drama which provided a new take on a rather worn genre. Also nominated for Best Drama was the UK series, Accused, but it didn’t go home empty handed though, as Sean Bean was awarded Best Actor for his bold and fearless performance as a shy teacher who is secretly a transvestite.
As was noted at the Best Actor/Actress panel, all the nominated parts had been for characters for whom fear played a key part in their lives and this resulted in a stiff competition all round. The Best Actress award was a similarly close call, with both Sheridan Smith’s Mrs Biggs and Lotta Tejle’s 30 Degrees in February looking like heartbreaking roles but Fernanda Montenegro (Brazil’s Maggie Smith) took home the award for her performance in Sweet Mother, a series which looked as funny as it was tragic.
One of the highest anticipated categories was Best Documentary however, as it featured the widely revered Palestinian film, 5 Broken Cameras. The documentary has garnered a huge amount of press due to its unique perspective of the Palestinian conflict and there was a risk of it over-shadowing the other nominees, but with such a range of stories and such talent on display, they also made their mark. The New Zealand film, The Golden Hour, was a particular standout with its look at the real underdog story of two unknown runners and their coach who came from nowhere to scoop two gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The Best Comedy category was equally diverse, with the French series Workingirls a particular surprise. The award was ultimately given to the UK’s Moone Boy, the Chris O’Dowd helmed series about a young boy with an imaginary friend, and deservedly so, as its trailer alone brought about raucous laughter from those in the room.
It was inspiring to see so much good television on display from around the world and really eye-opening to consider how many series can go by unnoticed, simply because they are made in another country.
Take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below and maybe see if you can track some of these gems down:
Hello?! Orchestra – WINNER
Multiple Views – La Máquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)
Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender – WINNER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Shinichi Tsutsumi In Yasu – A Single Father’s Story
Sean Bean In Accused – WINNER
Heino Ferch In Anatomy of Revenge
Marcos Palmeira In Mandrake Especial
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Li Sun In The Back Palace: Legend of Zhen Huan
Sheridan Smith In Mrs Biggs
Lotta Tejle In 30 Degrees in February
Fernanda Montenegro In Sweet Mother – WINNER
Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola
Moone Boy – WINNER
How to Enjoy the End of the World
The Golden Hour
My Mother, Lady Bondong
5 Broken Cameras – WINNER
5 de Mayo, Un Dia de Gloria
Maalaala Mo Kaya
Les Revenants (The Returned) – WINNER
Next in Line
Go Back to Where You Came From – WINNER
MasterChef South Africa
Dear Neighbors Help Our Daughter Find Love
Reto al Chef 2
30 vies (30 lives)
Side by Side– WINNER
DramaW Mini-Series: Heaven’s Ark
SOMOS – Cadáver se necesita
A Day for a Miracle – WINNER