Saturday, November 05, 2016

29th European Film Awards Nominations

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 2016 European Film Awards.

Leading the field is Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade’s hilarious father-daughter dramedy, with five (5) nominations, including film, directing and screenplay, as well as acting nominations for Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek. It is followed by I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach with four (4) plus Julieta by Pedro Almodovar and Elle by Paul Verhoeven with three (3) nominations each.

It's impossible not to notice that all four films with most nominations come from one film festival, Cannes 2016; but more interesting is that from the five top award nominees, four films have strong female characters as the lead, which is most unusual as definitively does not happen very often that a major annual awards recognizes so many female lead films.

The more than 3,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016.

European Film
Elle, Paul Verhoeven, France and Germany
I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, UK and France
Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
Room, Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland and Canada
Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany and Austria

European Comedy
En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove), Hannes Holm, Sweden and Norway
Er ist wieder da (Look Who's Back), David Wnendt, Germany
La Vache (One Man and His Cow), Mohamed Hamidi, France

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI
Câini (Dogs), Bogdan Mirică, France, Romania, Bulgaria and Qatar
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki), Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, Germany and Sweden
Jajda (Thirst), Svetla Tsotsorkova, Bulgaria
Liebmann, Jules Herrmann, Germany
סופת חול Sufat Chol (Sand Storm), Elite Zexer, Israel and France

European Documentary
21 x Nowy Jork (21 x New York), Piotr Stasik, Poland
A Family Affair, Tom Fassaert, Netherlands and Belgium
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
Mr. Gaga, Tomer Heymann, Israel, Sweden, Germany, and Netherlands
The Land of the Enlightened, Pieter-Jan de Pue, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Ireland
Trent'anni dietro al volante per Stanley Kubrick (S is for Stanley), Alex Infascelli, Italy

European Animated Feature Film
Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini), Claude Barras, Switzerland and France
Psiconautas, Los Niños Olvidados (Psiconautas, The Forgotten Children), Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, Spain
La Tortue Rouge (The Red Turtle), Michael Dudok De Wit, France and Belgium

European Director
Maren Ade for Toni Erdmann
Pedro Almodóvar for Julieta
Cristian Mungiu for Bacalaureat (Graduation)
Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake
Paul Verhoeven for Elle

European Actress
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy), Paolo Virzi
Trine Dyrholm in Kollektivet (The Commune), Thomas Vinterberg
Sandra Hüller in Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade
Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Paul Verhoeven
Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in Julieta by Pedro Almodóvar

European Actor
Javier Cámara in Truman, Cesc Gay
Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, Stephen Freas
Dave Johns in I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach
Burghart Klaußner in Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (The People vs. Fritz Bauer), Lars Kraume
Rolf Lassgård in En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove), Hannes Holm
Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade

European Screenwriter
Maren Ade for Toni Erdman, Maren Ade
Emma Donoghue for Room, Lenny Abrahamson
Paul Laverty for I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach
Cristian Mungiu for Bacalaureat (Graduation), Cristian Mungiu
Tomas Wasilewski for Zjednoczone stany miłości (United States of Love), Tomasz Wasilewski

European Short Film
9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo, Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen, Netherlands, 12' (documentary) Bristol Short Film Nominee
90 Grad Nord (90 Degrees North), Detsky Graffam, Germany, 21' Cork Short Film Nominee
A Man Returned, Mahdi Fleifel, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, 30' Berlin Short Film Nominee
Amalimbo, Juan Pablo Libossart, Sweden and Estonia, 15' (animation) Venice Short Film Nominee
Edmond, Nina Gantz, UK, 10' (animation) Upsala Short Film Nominee
El Adiós (The Goodbye), Clara Roquet, Spain, 15' Valladolid Short Film Nominee
Home, Daniel Mulloy, Kosovo and UK, 20' Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
In the Distance, Florian Grolig, Germany, 7' (animation) Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
Le Mur (The Wall), Samuel Lampaert, Belgium, 7' Ghent Short Film Nominee
Limbo, Konstantina kotzamani, France and Greece, 30' Sarjevo Short Film Nominee
L'Immense Retour Romance (The Fullness of Time Romance), Manon Coubia, Belgium and France, 14' Locarno Short Film Nominee
Падаща звезда Padashta Zvezda (Shooting Star), Lyubo Yonchev, Bulgaria and Italy, 28' Drama Short Film Nominee
Small Talk, Even Hafnor and Lisa Brooke Hansen, Norway, 21' Tampere Short Film Nominee
Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (We All Love the Sea Shore), Keina Espiñeira, Spain, 18' Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
Yo No Soy de Aquí (I'm Not From Here), Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė, Denmark, Chile and Lithuania 26' (documentary), Krakow Short Film Nominee

European University Film Award Nominations
Bacalaureat (Graduation), Cristian Mungiu, Romania, France and Belgium
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi,Italy and France
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki), Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, Germany and Sweden
I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, UK and France
Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany and Austria

People's Choice Award voted by European Audiences
Aferim!, Radu Jude, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic
Ciało (Body), Małgorzata Szumowska, Poland
En Man Som Heter Ove (A Man Called Ove), Hannes Holm, Sweden and Norway
Fucoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
Krigen (A War), Tobias Lindholm, Denmark
Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), Jaco van Dormael, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France, Germany and Turkey
Spectre, Sam Mendes, UK
The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper, UK
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, UK, Ireland, Greece, France and Netherlands
Zvizdan (The High Sun), Dalibor Matanić, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia

To check nominations at official site go here. Please note that last two categories were announced previously but decided to include them here to have all in one post.

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