Euro stars cluster in Barcelona

Myles, Potente, Irons head for Euro awards

LONDON — “Thunderbird’s” Lady Penelope, aka Sophia Myles, touches down in the Catalan capital Barcelona on Saturday (Dec. 11) for the stellar 17th edition of the European Film Awards.

Also attending will be thesps Franka Potente (“The Bourne Supremacy”) and Jeremy Irons (“Being Julia,” “The Merchant of Venice”) and a host of other luminaries to celebrate a year of achievement for European cine folk.

Among the Euro helmers at the prizefest will be Istvan Szabo (“Being Julia”), Pedro Almodovar (“Bad Education”), Wim Wenders (“Land of Plenty”) and veteran actor Charles Dance, who made his directorial debut this year with “Ladies in Lavender.”

Other guests include Stellan Skarsgaard (“King Arthur,” “Exorcist: the Beginning”), Jean Marc Barr (“Manderlay”), Maria de Medeiros (“The Saddest Music in the World”) and Victoria Abril (“El Septimo Dia”).

An achievement in world cinema award will be presented to Liv Ullmann and the lifetime achievement award to Carlos Saura.

Almodovar’s “Bad Education,” Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Sea Inside” and Fatih Akin’s “Head-On” are leading the running for the awards with five nominations apiece (Variety.com, Nov. 11, 2004).

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