European Academy Selects Young Guns

Discovery Award noms include 'Call Girl,' 'Oh Boy'

LONDON — The European Film Academy has unveiled the nominees for the European Discovery Award, also known as the Prix Fipresci, which is presented as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a debut feature pic.

The shortlist includes two films offering very different views of Swedish society. Gabriela Pichler’s “Eat Sleep Die” is a social drama about a young woman pink-slipped at a factory in a village, while Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl” is a thriller centering on a call-girl scandal in 1970s Stockholm that involved high-ranking politicians. Pichler’s film is Sweden’s Oscar candidate, while Marcimain’s pic won the Fipresci jury prize for best film in the Discovery program at Toronto last year.

None of the films present a particularly upbeat view of European life.

Neus Ballus’ “The Plague,” which played in the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section, is about five people struggling to survive a bleak existence on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Valeria Golino’s “Miele,” which played in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, focuses on a punk angel of death who makes cash from killing the terminally ill. Jan Ole Gerster’s “Oh Boy” looks at the life of a disconnected Berlin slacker in search of a decent cup of coffee and some meaning to his life.

The noms were selected by a committee comprised of EFA board members Helena Danielsson (Sweden) and Laszlo Kantor (Hungary); EFA members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Jacob Neiiendam (Denmark); as well as Alin Tasciyan (Turkey), Andrei Plakhov (Russia) and Marco Spagnoli (Italy), as members of Fipresci, the international federation of film critics.

The nominated films will be submitted to the 2,900 EFA members to elect the winner, which will be announced at the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 7.

NOMINEES:
“Eat Sleep Die” (Sweden)
Writer, director: Gabriela Pichler; producer: China Ahlander
“Call Girl” (Sweden/Norway/Ireland/Finland)
Director: Mikael Marcimain; writer: Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten; producer: Mimmi Spang
“Miele” (Italy/France)
Director: Valeria Golino; writers: Francesca Marciano, Valia Santella and Valeria Golino; producers: Riccardo Scamarcio, Viola Prestieri, Anne-Dominique Toussaint and Raphael Berdugo
“Oh Boy” (Germany)
Writer, director: Jan Ole Gerster; producers: Marcos Kantis and Alexander Wadouh
“The Plague” (Spain)
Writer, director: Neus Ballus; producers: Pau Subiros

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