Filmmaker Michael Haneke's latest movie Amour  dominated the European Film Awards on Saturday (01Dec12), picking up the event's top prize.

The moving drama, about an elderly married couple, won the coveted title of Best European Film of 2012 at the 25th annual ceremony, held on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Amour also won Best Director for Haneke, as well as Best Actor and Actress plaudits for co-stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.

Veteran French star Trintignant appeared via video link to thank the European Academy, while Riva was unable to attend after being struck down with a high fever.

Other big winners included Dame Helen Mirren, who accepted a special trophy for her contribution to world cinema by actor Michael Gambon, and director Bernardo Bertolucci, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.