The cryptic thriller follows a couple, played by Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, who are besieged by menacing videotapes. As a father whose comfortable self-importance unravels, Auteuil portrays a blameless man questioning his actions.
The biggest star of the evening was Connery, who received an EFA lifetime achievement award. Sporting a tartan dinner suit, he was cheered and applauded as he accepted the silver statue.
“I am very honored,” Connery told the gathering of some 1,200 guests.
“To sustain a long period in acting, you have to have a simplicity in life, you need to be almost childlike,” he told journalists later.
At yesterday's gala, Germany's Julia Jentsch was named best actress for the title role in “Sophie Scholl ?The Final Days.”
“Good Night, and Good Luck,” directed, produced and co-written by George Clooney, who also co-stars in the film, was chosen as best non-European movie.