Euro Film Acad sets field for pic awards

Early indicator of foreign-language Oscar noms

Four British films have made the field of 40 on the short list for the European Film Awards, to be presented by the European Film Academy on Dec. 2 in a ceremony at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris.

The awards have often been an early indicator of pics likely to be nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar.

Higher-profile pics submitted to the final selection board were: “Billy Elliot,” directed by Stephen Daldry; “Chicken Run,” directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park; “The End of the Affair,” directed by Neil Jordan; and “The House of Mirth,” directed by Terence Davies.

The field of competition began with a record 200 films, nominated by various organizations, specialist publications, film industry associations, festivals, Academy members and producers from throughout Europe.

From these titles, the Board of the European Film Academy selected 40 for consideration in the award category of European Film 2000.

Other selections include Lars von Trier’s Palme d’Or winner “Dancer in the Dark,” Germany’s “Anatomie,” winner of the audience award at the German Film Awards, Spain’s “Goya in Bordeaux,” Italy’s long-running local fave “Bread and Tulips,” France’s “Beau Travail” and Poland’s “Pan Tadeusz.”

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