Cannes darlings head the EFA awards

a good year for european movies

A quick note about the European Film Awards, that will be distributed in Seville on December 15. I think it’s a pretty exceptional year. Not only do I know many of the films (which is not always the case), but the ones I’ve seen are all strong contenders – in other words, great flicks!

Cannes darlings to the front, please

The programming schedule means that films from last year’s Venice can be selected, but not this year’s. That’s strange in an age of instant messaging. But whatever: there are a lot of movies that were already singled out at Cannes 2018 in this year’s selection.

Speaking personally, I’ll be rooting for Dogman and The Guilty. Feel free to insult my choice in the comments 😉

As is often the case, the selection in the People’s Award are very multiplex-friendly. It’s a bit odd to see Dunkirk in there, but again that comes from the strange calendar that the EFA sets.

EFA List of nominees 2018

World Cinema Award
Raph Fiennes, British actor and director

Best European Film
Border by Ali Abbasi
Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski
Dogman by Matteo Garrone
Girl by Lukas Dhont
Heureux comme Lazzaro d’Alice Rohrwacher

Best European director
Ali Abbasi for Border
Matteo Garrone for Dogman
Samuel Maoz for Foxtrot
Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War
Alice Rohrwacher pour Heureux comme Lazzaro

Best European actress

Marie Bäumer pour Trois jours à Quiberon
Halldóra Geirharosdottir pour Woman at War
Joanna Kulig pour Cold War
Bárbara Lennie pour Petra
Eva Melander pour Border
Alba Rohrwacher pour Heureux comme Lazzaro

Best European actor

Jakob Cedergren for The Guilty
Rupert Everett for The Happy Prince
Marcello Fonte for Dogman
Sverrir Gudnason for Borg/McEnroe
Tomasz Kot for Cold War
Victor Polster for Girl

Garrone's DogmanBest European screenplay

Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist for Border
Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudioso for Dogman
Gustav Möller and Emil Nygaard Albertsen for The Guilty
Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War
Alice Rohrwacher for Heureux comme Lazzaro

Best European documentary
A Woman Captured by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Ingmar Bergman, une année dans une vie by Jane Magnusson
Of Fathers and Sons by Talal Derki
The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont
The Silence of Others d’Almudena Carracedo et Robert Bahar

Best European comedy
Le sens by la fête d’Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
La mort by Staline d’Armando Iannucci

Best animated film
Another Day of Life by Raul de la Fuente & Damian Nenow
Cro Man by Nick Park
Parvana by Nora Twomey
Croc-Blanc d’Alexandre Espigares

Best first film – Fipresci
Girl by Lukas Dhont
One Day by Zsofia Szilagyi
Scary Mother d’Ana Urushadze
The Guilty by Gustav Möller
Those who are Fine by Cyril Schäublin
Touch me Not by Adina Pintilie

Audience award
Borg/McEnroe by Janus Metz
Le sens de la fête by ‘Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Call me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
Les heures sombres by Joe Wright
Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan
In the Fade by Fatih Akin
La mort de Staline by Armando Iannucci
Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes by Luc Besson
Victoria & Abdul by Stephen Frears

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