Toni Erdmann wins big at the European Film Awards

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Drama Toni Erdmann has swept the European Film Awards.

The German-Austrian film, written and directed by Maren Ade, won five awards - including for best film, director and screenwriter.

The movie also won best actress for Sandra Hueller and best actor for Peter Simonischek.

The 29th European Film Awards took place on Saturday in the Western Polish city of Wroclaw.

Director Maren Ade, Ingrid Bisu, Trystan Putter, Sandra Huller, Peter Simonischek and Thomas Loibl, from left, arrive on the red carpet, for the screening of the film Toni Erdmann, at the 69th international film festival, Cannes
The cast at the film's Cannes premiere (Lionel Cironneau/AP)

The show was peppered with political commentary by presenters, with a focus on the plight of refugees and Russia.

Maria Alyokhina, from the punk rock group Pussy Riot - whose members have been imprisoned for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, appealed for the release of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian director carrying out a 20-year prison term in Russia on terrorism charges seen as politically motivated.