Fest winners top EFA list

Record 300 pix nommed

LONDON — High-profile festival pics dominated the short list for European Film 2001, the top accolade at the European Film Awards, which return to Berlin Dec. 1.

A record 300 films were nommed. Patrice Chereau’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Intimacy,” Milcho Manchevski’s Venice opener “Dust” and fest award winners Michael Haneke’s “La Pianiste” and Lone Scherfig’s “Italian for Beginners” are among the 44 selected.

Others on the short list include Nanni Moretti’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Son’s Room,” Ermanno Olmi’s surprise Italian hit “The Profession of Arms” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s look at immigrants in an English seaside town, “The Last Resort.” Karlovy Vary Fest best film and Gallic B.O. hit “Amelie From Montmartre,” international box office hit “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and Ben Kingsley starrer “Sexy Beast” also are included. Fresh from a top award at Venice is Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s experimental drama “Dog Days.”

Films will be distributed on videocassette to the European Film Academy’s 1,300 members, with each member asked to select three top titles.

Last year, Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark” won the bulk of the prizes in Paris, where the awards took place.

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