European Film Academy unveils shortlist

List includes films from 25 countries in Europe

BERLIN — “Return to Hansala,” Chus Gutierrez’s drama about a guilt-ridden woman who returns to her native Morocco to return the body of her brother; “Seraphine,” Martin Provost’s biopic about renowned artist Seraphine de Senlis; and Lance Daly’s “Kisses,” about two children who run away from homes and spend an eventful night in Dublin, are among the 48 films shortlisted for the upcoming European Film Award nominations.

Also among the selected titles, announced Monday by the European Film Academy, are leading favorites such as Oscar-winners “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Reader,” terrorist hit “The Baader Meinhof Complex” and Palme d’Or recipient “The White Ribbon.”

The diverse list includes films from 25 countries in Europe, including Israel.

Other films vying for nominations are Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces,” Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In,” Anne Fontaine’s “Coco Before Chanel,” Ken Loach’s “Looking for Eric” and Andrzej Wajda’s “Sweet Rush.”

In choosing the films, voting members in the 20 countries with the most EFA members voted one national film directly into the selection list, while a separate selection committee, consisting of EFA board members and invited experts Gunnar Bergdahl of Sweden, Stefan Kitanov of Bulgaria, Derek Malcolm of the U.K. and Nikolaj Nikitin of Germany, included further films.

In the coming weeks, the EFA’s 2,000 members will vote for the nominations in the various categories. The nominations will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Sevilla European Film Festival in Spain.

The 22nd European Film Awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 12 in the German city of Bochum, where the event is taking place as part of the celebrations surrounding Germany’s Ruhr Metropolis, which has been selected as European Capital of Culture 2010.

European Film Awards 2009

“Antichrist,” Lars von Trier, Denmark
“33 Scenes From Life,” Malgoska Szumowska, Poland / Germany
“Broken Embraces,” Pedro Almodovar, Spain
“Everyone Else,” Maren Ade, Germany
“Father’S Acre,” Viktor Oszkar Nagy, Hungary
“The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel, Germany
“The Bone Man,” Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria
“Brothers,” Igaal Niddam, Switzerland
“Camino, Javier Fesser,” Spain
“Coco Before Chanel,” Anne Fontaine, France
“Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos,” Greece
“Eastern Plays,” Kamen Kalev, Bulgaria
“Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell, Denmark / Sweden
“Fish Tank,” Andrea Arnold, U.K.
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden
“It All Begins At Sea,” Eitan Green, Israel
“Jerichow,” Christian Petzold, Germany
“Jaffa, Keren Yedaya,” France / Israel / Germany
“Kisses, Lance Daly,” Ireland
“Let The Right One In,” Tomas Alfredson, Sweden
“Little Soldier,” Annette K. Olesen, Denmark
“Loft,” Erik Van Looy, Belgium
“Looking For Eric,” Ken Loach, U.K. / France
“A Matter Of Heart,” Francesca Archibugi, Italy
“Max Manus,” Espen Sandberg & Joachim Ronning, Norway
“Mid-August Lunch,” Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy
“No One’S Son,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, Croatia
“North,” Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway
“Paper Soldier,” Alexey German Jr., Russia
“Pandora’S Box,” Yesim Ustaoglu, Turkey / France / Germany / Belgium
“Police, Adjective,” Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania
“A Prophet,” Jacques Audiard, France
“The Reader,” Stephen Daldry, Germany
“Return To Hansala,” Chus Gutierrez, Spain
“Seraphine,” Martin Provost, France
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle, U.K.
“Sweet Rush,” Andrzej Wajda, Poland
“Tears Of April,” Aku Louhimies, Finland
“Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, Denmark
“The Time That Remains,” Elia Suleiman, France
“Tobruk,” Vaclav Marhoul, Czech Republic
“The Tour,” Goran Markovic, Serbia / Bosnia & Herzegovina / Croatia / Slovenia
“Vincere,” Marco Bellocchio, Italy
“Welcome,” Philippe Lioret, France
“The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke, Germany / Austria / France / Italy
“Winter In Wartime,” Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands
“Woman’S Way – Strella,” Panos H. Koutras, Greece
“Wrong Rosary,” Mahmut Fazil Coskun, Turkey

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