EFA Nominations: ‘Close’ Rule, ‘Holy Spider’ and ‘Triangle of Sadness’ – Blog

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by Nathaniel R.

The 35th edition of the European Film Awards has announced its nominations (taken from the previous long list announced this summer). Two international candidates for the Oscars for feature films close (Belgium) and holy spider (Denmark) leads the nominations alongside Ruben Östlund’s English-language satire Triangle of sadness. Each received four nominations. The full list of nominations and comments follow…

EUROPEAN CINEMA

Alcarras

Very disappointed to see the wonderful of Finland girl picture entirely snubbed at the EFAs. We thought he had a chance. It is also interesting to note that Belfast and Parallel mothersthe two Oscar hits last season, failed to make the top tier, but earned an individual nomination each.

Aside from the five films in the Best European Film lineup, no other film earned multiple nominations. The films that won unique nominations today are: After Sun (UK), Belfast (UK), HEY (Poland), Godland (Iceland), Nostalgia (Italy), A nice morning (France), Parallel mothers (Spain), Rabiye Kurnaz versus George Bush (Germany), and Saint Omer (France).

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY

  • The balcony movie (Poland)
    This popular festival, in which the director interviews people in the street from his balcony, was one of Poland’s Oscar submission options this year; they opted for HEY In place
  • girl gang (Swiss)
    A documentary about a 14-year-old influencer in Berlin
  • A house made of shards (Denmark/Ukraine)
    About a home for children awaiting a custody decision by the courts.
  • Mariupolis 2 (Lithuania)
    A posthumous honour. Compiled from footage from the Lithuanian director who traveled to Ukraine to film people in 2015 and 2022
  • The March on Rome (Italy)
    A documentary exploring the rise of Mussolini in 1922 and the contemporary legacy of fascism

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Bodice

Ruben Östlund has already triumphed in this category with The place (2017) which was the EFA’s big winner in its year also taking home the Comedy, Film and Screenwriter awards. Abbasi was nominated for Border in his year.

EUROPEAN ACTRESS

Zar Amir Ebrahimi won Cannes for “Holy Spider”. Will she also be able to win the European Film Award?

Cruz won Venice last fall. Kaptan won Berlin this winter. Then Ebrahimi took Cannes. Lots of awards history here from last year here. Will it go to one of these three in an encore or will the EFA take its new direction and crown Krieps or Seydoux?

Cruz has already won this category for Flip (2006). In addition to her 5 nominations for Best European Actress, she was shortlisted for the EFA People’s Choice Actress Award (a now-defunct separate award) twice, winning for Do not move (2004)

EUROPEAN PLAYER

Eden Dambrine in “Close”

Favino won the Volpi Cup in Venice this year (albeit for a different film) so he’s having a moment. But the heat could be with rising star Mescal, or even Eden Dabrine given the popularity close is. Dambrine is 15, so if he wins, he will become the youngest winner in EFA history. The record is currently held by German star Daniel Brühl who won at 25 for his international breakthrough in Goodbye lin! (2003). But really anyone could win this, don’t you think?

EUROPEAN SCREENPLAY

Belfast

Branagh, of course, won the Oscar earlier this year for Belfast. He hasn’t been in the running for an EFA award since. Henry V (1989), for which he won two EFAs (Young European Film of the Year… category which became “European Discovery”… and European Actor of the Year)

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – FIPRESCI PRIZE

107 mothers

  • 107 mothersPeter Kerekes
  • Love according to Dalva, Emmanuelle Nicot
  • The other peopleAleksandra Terpinska
  • PamfirDmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
  • small bodyLaura Samani
  • SonKurdwin Ayub

fun facts: Two of this year’s big nominees have already competed in this category. Spanish director Carla Simon (Alcarràs) was nominated for this award for Summer 1993 (2017). Lucas Dhont (close), the 31-year-old Belgian filmmaker, won this category for his trans drama Daughter (2018). So maybe some of these directors will be back in the years to come in the big categories? Very nice to see 107 mothers here that you know we’ve been recommending for over a year now, but sadly it never got released in the US.

The European Film Awards change countries every year and this year it will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland on December 10. In addition to the categories above, EFA has a very extended announcement schedule with three categories and tributes already announced. There’s still another round to come, on November 23, when an eight-member judging panel will name the winners in various craft categories.

Previously announced categories…

COMEDY, ANIMATED FILM and SHORT FILM

LIFE SUCCESS AWARD

  • Margarethe von Trotta (Germany)

PRIZE FOR EUROPEAN DIRECTION IN WORLD CINEMA

  • Elia Suleiman (Palestine)

AN INNOVATIVE EUROPEAN HISTORY

  • Marco Bellocchio (Italy) for the miniseries Exterior Night

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