Martin Freeman, ‘Derry Girls,’ wins International Emmy Awards

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Turkish telenovela “Yargi,” German miniseries “The Empress,” Mexican drama “La Caída” and actor Martin Freeman were among the big winners at the 51st annual International Emmy Awards, held Monday at the Hilton Midtown in New York.

In total, the International Emmys recognized television programs from all continents, with strong broadcasts from the United Kingdom and Australia. Brazil won the unscripted series category for its adventure competition series “A Ponte” (The Bridge). “Vir Das: Landing,” an Indian Netflix comedy, tied with Britain’s “Derry Girls” for the win in the comedy series category.

The ceremony was hosted by comedian Rhys Darby. Special awards were presented to “Succession” creator/executive producer Jesse Armstrong, who received the Founders Emmy, and Ektaa R. Kapoor, co-founder of Balaji Telefilms, who won the Directors’ Award. Armstrong was feted by Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max, while Deepak Chopra did the honors for Kapoor.

The drama prize went to Netflix’s German-language drama “The Empress,” a costume drama set in a 19th-century Viennese court. Amazon’s “La Caída” (Diving) won the miniseries award and its star Karla Souza won best actress. Martin Freeman from the British film “The Responder”, which revolves around a rescuer working in a difficult area of ​​Liverpool, was crowned best actor.

Canada’s “Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On” won the artistic programming trophy, despite recent revelations that cast doubt on the singer’s claim that she was born into an Indigenous family in Canada before being forcibly transferred as a child to a white family. family in Massachusetts.

Here is a complete list of International Emmy Award winners:

Artistic programming

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Keep it up
Eagle Vision / White Pine Pictures / Paquin Entertainment
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On is a thought-provoking account of this cultural and musical icon’s lifelong commitment to music and sharing the truth. Buffy shares her own story, from her early love of music to the activism she continues today.

Best Performance by an Actor

Martin Freeman in The Answering Machine
Dance Ledge Productions
United Kingdom
Chris (Martin Freeman) drives a frontline response vehicle in his fragmented hometown of Liverpool. Night after night, he faces crime, violence and drug addiction on the streets, while battling personal demons that threaten to destabilize his job, his marriage and his mental health.

Best Performance by an Actress

Karla Souza in La Caída (Diving)
Madame / Filmadora / Infinity Hill / Amazon
Mariel started diving at the age of 8. The swimming pool is his life. She says she has water and not blood flowing through her veins. She has trained with Braulio all her life and trusts him more than herself. He sees her like no one else can. He keeps his promises; she became a world-famous Olympic diver. Mariel is the most recognized Mexican athlete of all time. Introverted, disciplined and determined, Mariel must choose between Olympic greatness or healing from her painful past.

Derry Girls – Season 3
Hat trick productions
United Kingdom
Lisa McGee’s sitcom about a group of working-class teenagers coming of age in 1990s Northern Ireland. Although there is hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, the gang’s problems are only just beginning as they inch closer and closer to adulthood.

Vir Das: Landing
Weird comedy / Bad science / Netflix
Vir Das delves deep into his childhood in India, the dangers of outrage, and finding his place in the world for his fourth Netflix stand-up special.


Mariupol: the history of the people
Top Hat Productions / Hayloft Productions / BBC
United Kingdom
Told and filmed largely by the residents of Mariupol, it is a deeply personal account of the destruction of a Ukrainian city. This documentary is a story of war crimes and suffering, but also of surprising courage, the endurance of morality and love in the midst of war, and an intrepid spirit.

Drama series

The Empress
Sommerhaus Serien GmbH / Netflix
When the rebellious Elisabeth falls in love with Emperor Francis and becomes his unlikely bride, she enters a world of tension and intrigue at the court of Vienna.

Unscripted Entertainment

In Ponte – The Brazil Bridge
Warner Bros. Discovery / Endemol Shine Brazil
12 participants isolated in the wilderness have 20 days to get to know each other and build a bridge that will lead them to a treasure waiting for them on the other side of a river. If they succeed, they will have to choose the winner.

Short series

Very Ordinary People
Magneto / Canal+
In a dystopian world where women hold power, Romain, a sociology student, is attracted by the lights of porn film sets, which he considers a path to emancipation. This story breathes new life into the porn industry to deliver a critique of our world.

Sports documentary

Harley and Katya
Stranger than fiction films
A documentary about Indigenous Australian figure skater Harley Windsor and his young Russian pair skating partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. This unlikely duo has made history, but at what cost?


Yargi (Family Secrets)
Ay Yapim
Prosecutor Ilgaz must find a highly competent lawyer when his brother is accused of murder. He crosses paths with Ceylin, a lawyer without limits. Things change when the victim turns out to be Ceylin’s sister. When the war between them turns into passionate love, everything changes.

TV movie/miniseries

La Caída (Diving)
Madame / Filmadora / Infinity Hill / Amazon
Mariel (Karla Souza) is a veteran competitive diver who has one last chance at the Olympics. However, when a terrible truth surfaces, Mariel must face her greatest personal dilemma: is winning really her ultimate dream?

Children: Entertainment

The Smeds and the Smoos
Magic Light Images
United Kingdom
On a distant planet, Janet and Bill meet in Wurpular Wood and fall in love, but their families, the Smeds and the Smoos, cannot accept the marriage after generations of division. When the couple flees, the warring families must work together to find young Smed and Smoo.

Children: factual and entertainment

Built to survive
Butter Media / Breslin Media / Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Get up close and personal with the world’s most unique creatures to reveal the last survivors of Australia’s most extreme natural habitats. Join Phil Breslin in his quest for the answer: Who is built to survive?

Children: live action

High crush
Fremantle / Newbe / Netflix
An incendiary mural reveals the secret connections of everyone at Hartley High. Its author, Amerie, must deal with the disastrous fallout as a total outcast.

(Pictured at top: Ana Laura Rascon, Karla Souza and Ramiro Ruiz from Amazon’s ‘La Caída’)

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