BERLIN — Two Austrian pics are among the noms for the European Film Academy’s Discovery Award, which recognizes the work of up-and-coming directors.
Karl Markovics’ feature film debut “Breathing,” about a young ex-con who sets out to find the mother he never knew while working at the Vienna municipal morgue, is also Austria’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, and has already picked up a number of awards, including the Europa Cinemas Label in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and the Sarajevo Film Festival’s top prize.
Markus Schleinzer’s “Michael,” which premiered in the main competition in Cannes, centers on a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.
Also vying for the award are Hans Van Nuffel’s Belgian-Dutch co-production “Oxygen,” about a teen with cystic fibrosis who rebels against his condition; Mikkel Munch-Fals’ Danish drama “Nothing’s All Bad,” which explores the loneliness and sexuality of four people whose stories intersect; and Nikola Lezaic’s Serbian slacker pic “Tilva Ros,” about a group of skateboarding teens in a town suffering from economic hardship.
The awards take place Dec. 3 in Berlin.