Nominees and prize winners for the fifth annual European Film Prize, the Felix, were announced yesterday by the European Film Academy, which sponsors the awards. The prize ceremony will be held Dec. 12 at Studio Babelsberg, formerly the DEFA studios.
Strongest contenders for prizes are Finnish helmer Aki Kaurismaki’s “La Vie de Boheme,” with four nominations, and Leos Carax’s “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf” (France), with two nominations, as well as prizes for best editing and camera work.
Films from the newly eligible Baltic states also made a strong showing in the final nominee categories.
Vying for European film of the year are the two above-mentioned films and Gianni Amelio’s “Il Ladro di Bambini” (Italy).
In the young European film of the year category the contenders are Xavier Beauvois’ “Nord” (France), Sarunas Bartas’ “Three Days” (Lithuania) and Alex van Warmerdam’s “The Northerners” (Holland).
Finalists for the best actor prize are Denis Lavant (“Les Amants du Pont-Neuf”), Enrico Lo Verso (“Il Ladro di Bambini”) and Matti Pellonpaa (“La Vie de Boheme”).
Vying for best actress honors are Johanna Ter Steege (“Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe”), Juliette Binoche (“Les Amants du Pont-Neuf”), and Barbara Sukowa (“Europa”).
Lithuanian docu wins
The Euro documentary of the year award will go to Lithuanian helmer Audruis Stonys’ “Earth of the Blind.” Special nods go to Paul Pawlikowski’s British production “Dostoevky’s Travels” and Manu Bonmariage’s “Les Amants d’Assises” from Belgium.
Best script Felix will be awarded to Hungarian Istvan Szabo for “Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe.” Holland’s “The Northerners” picks up two Felixes: Vincent van Warmerdam for score and Rikke Jelier for production design.
Nominees for supporting actors are Estonia’s Vaino Laes for “Rahu Tanav,” Andre Wilms for “La Vie de Boheme” and Ernst-Hugo Jaregard for “Europa.”
Supporting actress contenders are Ghita Norby for “Freud Leaving Home” (Sweden); Evelyne Didi for “La Vie de Boheme” and Bulle Ogier for “Nord” (France).
Billy Wilder, who is not expected to attend the ceremony in December, will receive a special prize for his life’s work. An award for special service goes to London’s Museum of the Moving Image.