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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

21st European Film Awards – Long List


Not long ago the European Film Academy announced the 44 films recommended for a nomination to this year awards. The nominations will be announced on November 8th at the Sevilla European Film Festival and the presentation of the winners will take place in Copenhagen on December 6th.

This year the Academy will present honorary awards to Dame Judi Dench and Dogma founders Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier, and Thomas Vinterberg.

Here is the list of movies for the consideration of the Academy members.

3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Francisco Javier Gutierrez, Spain
12, Nikita Mikhalkov Russia
AANRIJDING IN MOSCOU (Moscow, Belgium), Christophe van Rompaey, Belgium
ATONEMENT, Joe Wright UK
BATTLE FOR HADITHA, Nick Broomfield UK
BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH'TIS (Welcome to the Sticks), Dany Boon, France
BOOGIE, Radu Muntean, Romania
CAOTICA ANA, Julio Medem, Spain
UN CONTE DE NOËL (A Christmas Tale), Arnaud Desplechin France
CZTERY NOCE Z ANNA (Four Nights With Anna), Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland
DELTA, Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary
DIORTHOSI (Correction), Thanos Anastopoulos, Greece
IL DIVO, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
DUSKA, Jos Stelling, Netherlands
EDEN, Declan Recks Ireland
ENTRE LES MURS (The Class), Laurent Cantet, France
FLAMMEN & CITRONEN (Flame & Citron), Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
GIORNI E NUVOLE (Days and Clouds), Silvio Soldini, Italy and Switzerland
GOMORRA (Gomorrah), Matteo Garrone, Italy
LA GRAINE ET LE MULET (The Secret of the Grain), Abdellatif Kechiche, France
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, Mike Leigh, UK
HOME, Ursula Meier, Switzerland
HUNGER, Steve McQueen. UK
JAS SUM OD TITOV VELES (I am from Titov Veles), Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia
KÆRLIGHED PÅ FILM (Just Another Love Story), Ole Bornedal, Denmark
KARAMAZOVI (The Karamazovs), Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic and Poland
KATYN, Andrzej Wajda Poland
KIRSCHBLUETEN - HANAMI (Cherry Blossoms - Hanami), Doris Dörrie, Germany
LEMON TREE / עץ לימון, Eran Riklis, Israel, Germany, France
LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES, Stefan Arsenijevic, Germany and Serbia
MONGOL, Sergei Bodrov, Russia, Germany and Kazakhstan
MORAM SPAVAT’ ANDJELE (I Have to Sleep My Angel), Dejan Acimovic, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina
MUSTA JÄÄ (Black Ice), Petri Kotwica, Finland
O'HORTEN, Bent Hamer, Norway
EL ORFANATO (The Orphanage), Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain
PING-PONGKINGEN (The King of Ping Pong), Jens Jonsson Sweden
REVANCHE, Götz Spielmann, Austria
LE SILENCE DE LORNA (Lorna's Silence), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium
TEŠKO JE BITI FIN (It's Hard to Be Nice), Srdjan Vuletic, Bosnia & Herzegovina
ÜÇ MAYMUN (Three Monkeys), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
WALTZ WITH BASHIR, Ari Folman, Israel, France and Germany
DIE WELLE (The Wave), Dennis Gansel, Germany
WOLKE 9 (Cloud 9), Andreas Dresen, Germany
ДЗИФТ / ZIFT, Yavor Gardev, Bulgaria

I believe that the European Film Academy members will have a hard decision this year as imagine selecting five films from this long list with so many good movies that I have seen and others that I’m looking forward to see… hard. Also interesting is to notice that some of the movies that were voted by each country EFA Members not necessarily is the same that the country submitted to the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film… hmm, probably is because they know that members of each Academy have “different” tastes in movies.

If you want to read the official list of the nominated short films go here.

Well, in November we will learn the nominations for each of the award categories. To check the list go to the Official site.

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