Tuesday, September 16, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Long List

During a press conference in Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014 where this year’s 27th European Film Awards will take place, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the titles of the 50 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards! With 31 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.

In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) has included further films.

This is a list with the best of the best in European cinema and movies that we should watch when we enjoy great cinema. Have seen a few, there are some that I thought should skip (not anymore) and more that I'm looking forward to watch. Also remarkable is that some of the European countries that have already selected their Oscar 2015 submission have the film also in this list.

Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye to Language), Jean-Luc Godard, France
Amour Fou, Jessica Hausner, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg
Bande de Filles (Girlhood), Céline Sciamma, France
Betoniyö (Concrete Night), Pirjo Honkasalo, Denmark, Sweden and Finland
Bird People, Pascale Ferran, France
Blind, Eskil Vogt, Netherlands, Norway
Când se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism), Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania
Calvary, John Michael McDonagh, Ireland
Caníbal (Cannibal), Manuel Martín Cuenca, Russia, Romania, France and Spain
Das finstere tal (The Dark Valley), Andreas Prochaska, Austria

Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgium, Italy and France
Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz, Germany and France
Fair Play, Adrea Sedlackova, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia
Fehér isten (White God), Kornél Mundruczó, Sweden, Germany and Hungary
Frank, Lenny Abrahamson, UK and Ireland
Haganenet (The Kindergarten Teacher), Nadav Lapid, Israel and France
Harcheck mi headro (That Lovely Girl), Keren Yedaya, Israel
Hermosa Juventud (Beautiful Youth), Jaime Rosales, Spain and France
Hross í oss (Of Horses and Men), Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland, Germany and Norway
Ida, Pawel Pawikowski, Denmark and Poland

Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital), Paolo Virzì, Italy
Kertu (Love is Blind), Ilmar Raag, Estonia
Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, France, Germany and Turkey
Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance), Hans Petter Moland, Norway
Kuzu (The Lamb), Kutlug Ataman, Germany and Turkey
La Herida (Wounded), Fernando Franco, Spain
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), Alice Rohrwacher, Italy, Germany and Switzerland
Leviafan (Leviathan), Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia
Locke, Steve Knight, UK
Macondo, Sudabeh Mortezai, Austria

Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas, Greece
Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh, UK, Germany, France
Nymphomaniac - Director's Cut, Lars von Trier, Denmark
Otchujdenie (Alienation), Milko Lazarov, Bulgaria
Papusza, Joanna Kos and Krzysztof Krauze, Poland
Plemya (The Tribe), Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine
Razredni sovraznik (Class Enemy), Slovenia
Shemtkhveviti Paemnebi (Blind Datest), Levan Koguashvili, Georgia
Starred Up, David Mackenzie, UK
Still Life, Uberto Pasolini, UK and Italy

To Mikro Psari (Stratos), Yannis Economides, Greece
Traumland (Dreamland), Petra Volpe, Switzerland
Turist (Force Majeure), Ruben Östlund, Sweden, Denmark and Norway
Under The Skin, Jonathan Glazer, UK
Vi är bäst! (We Are the Best!), Lukas Moodysson, Sweden and Denmark
Violette, Martin Provost, Belgium and France
Vonarstraeti (Life in a Fishbowl), Baldvin Zophoníasson, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Czech Republic
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed), David Trueba, Spain
Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Poland
Wolf, Jim Taihuttu, Netherlands

If you wish to read about each movie go to the award official site here.

In the coming weeks, the over 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on 8 November at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. A 7-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Composer and Sound Designer.

The 27th European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners will take place in Riga on 13 December.

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