The European Film Academy has nominated five debut films from up-and-coming directors for its Discovery-Prix Fipresci Award, among them Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave,” Germany’s foreign-language Oscar candidate, and
Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller “The Double Hour.”
Also nominated are Florin Serban’s Romanian prison-set “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” Samuel Maoz’s Israeli war drama “Lebanon” and “Nothing Personal,” Urszula Antoniak’s Dutch-Irish relationship piece, starring Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Rea.
This year’s noms were selected by a committee comprising EFA board members Els Vandevorst (the Netherlands) and Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) as well as Jacob Neiiendam, director of the CPH:PIX film fest in Copenhagen, Turkish film critic Alin Tasciyan and Mariola Wiktor of Poland’s Forum of European Cinema.
The European Film Academy’s 2,300 members will cast their votes for the best pic and the winner will be announced at the 23rd European Film Awards on Dec. 4 in Tallinn, Estonia.