1,400 guests to attend ceremony

BERLIN — Popular German TV comedian Anke Engelke and Estonian thesp Maert Avandi will host the European Film Awards ceremony on Dec. 4 in Tallinn, Estonia. Engelke, who hosted the opening night at the Berlinale, has been producing and acting in her Sat-1 show “Ladykracker” for nearly 10 years, while up-and-coming Avandi is a popular comedian and host in Estonia.

A total of 1,400 guests are expected at the 23rd EFAs ceremony in Tallin’s Nokia Concert Hall. Swiss thesp Bruno Ganz will receive a lifetime achievement award and composer Gabriel Yared will also receive honorary award, the European Film Academy achievement in world cinema prize.

The ceremony will be broadcast in most nations across Europe.

Roman Polanski’s political thriller “The Ghost Writer” leads the nominations for this year’s EFA — Europe’s equivalent of the Oscars — with seven mentions.

“Ghost Writer” was nominated for pic, director, actor (Ewan McGregor), screenwriter (Polanski, Robert Harris), editor, production designer and composer.

This year’s EFA nominations present a balanced shortlist, with a lower presence of pics from Germany and France, countries that have dominated most recent editions.

This year, all 2,300 members of the European Film Academy will be allowed to vote for the nominated documentary films for the first time.

Until now, the winner of the doc prize was chosen by a committee.

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