NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Kirkus Reviews (by Michael Schaub).
All Quiet on the Western Front, the German film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel, took home seven trophies at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday.
The movie, directed by Edward Berger and starring Felix Kammerer and Albrecht Schuch, won the award for best film and best film not in the English language. It also notched victories in the categories for best director, best adapted screenplay (Berger, Lesley Paterson, and Ian Stokell), best original score, best cinematography, and best sound.
Berger’s film is in the running for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best international feature film.
Two other films based on books scored wins at the BAFTA Awards, which are given annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to honor outstanding achievements in movies.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, based on Carlo Collodi’s iconic children’s novel, won the award for best animated film. The movie previously won the Golden Globe award in the same category. It is also nominated for an Academy Award.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, an adaptation of Charlie Mackesy’s bestselling 2019 book, took home the prize for best British short animation. It is also in contention for the Academy Award for best animated short film.
A full list of BAFTA Film Award winners is available at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ website.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.