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German comedy leads EFA nominations

The list of nominees is in for the European Film Awards (EFA), which will be presented next month. Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann leads the way with five nominations: Best Film, Directior, Screenplay, Actor and Actress.

Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake has four nods, with Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle taking three apiece.

Many of the titles nominated appeared here in this year’s NZIFF, including four of the five Best Film nominees. Two of the EFA nominees are playing here over the next two weeks in the Jewish International Film Festival, The People vs Fritz Bauer and Sand Storm.

The EFA will honour Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, who’ll receive the European Achievement in World Cinema Award at this year’s ceremony.

Brosnan is currently having a bit of a run with expat NZ directors. Following Roger Donaldson’s 2014 The November Man, Brosnan has just completed shooting for Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner with Jackie Chan. Brosnan will rejoin Campbell on the adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s Across The River and into the Trees. It’s been a while between drinks for the pair, who first worked together on 1995 James Bond title, GoldenEye. Brosnan also starred in the other Bond title directed by a New Zealander, Lee Tamahori’s Die Another Day.

The European Film Awards will be presented in Poland on 10 December. The nominees are:

European Film
Elle, France, Germany
I, Daniel Blake, UK, France
Julieta, Spain
Room, Ireland, Canada
Toni Erdmann, Germany, Austria

European Comedy
A Man Called Ove / En man som heter Ove, Sweden, Norway
Look Who’s Back / Er Ist Wieder Da, Germany
One Man & His Cow / La Vache, France

European Discovery – Prix Fipresci
Dogs / Caini, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar
Liebmann, Germany
Sand Storm, Israel
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki / Hymylievä Mies, Finland, Germany, Sweden
Thirst / Jajda, Bulgaria

European Documentary
21 x New York / 21 x Nowy Jork, Poland
A Family Affair, The Netherlands, Belgium
Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare, Italy, France
Mr. Gaga, Israel, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands
S Is For Stanley / Trent’anni Dietro Al Volante Per Stanley Kubrick, Italy
The Land of the Enlightened, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland

European Animated Feature Film
My Life As A Zucchini / Ma Vie De Courgette, Switzerland, France
Psiconautas, The Forgotten Children, Spain
The Red Turtle / La Tortue Rouge, France, Belgium

European Short Film
9 Days – From My Window In Aleppo, The Netherlands, Syria
90 Degrees North / 90 Grad Nord, Germany
A Man Returned, UK, Lebanon, Denmark, The Netherlands
Amalimbo, Sweden, Estonia
Edmond, UK
Home, Kosovo, UK
I’m not from here / Yo no soy de aquí, Chile, Denmark, Lithuania
In the distance, Germany
Limbo, France, Greece
Shooting Star, Bulgaria, Italy
Small Talk, Norway
The Fullness of Time (Romance), Belgium, France
The Goodbye / El Adiós, Spain
The Wall / Le Mur, Belgium
We All Love The Sea Shore / Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer, Spain

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

European Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte, Julieta
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Like Crazy / La Pazza Gioia
Trine Dyrholm, The Commune / Kollektivet
Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann

European Actor
Rolf Lassgård, A Man Called Ove / En man som heter Ove
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
Burghart Klaußner, The People vs. Fritz Bauer / Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann
Javier Cámara, Truman

European Screenwriter
Cristian Mungiu, Graduation / Bacalaureat
Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake
Emma Donoghue, Room
Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
Tomasz Wasilewski, United States of Love / Zjednoczone stany miłości

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