Euro Academy draws up awards list

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BERLIN — Films examining life during Iran’s Islamic Revolution, the reign of Idi Amin, the healing power of music and the difficulties of being a monarch are among the 42 titles on the European Film Academy’s pre-selection list for upcoming European Film Award nominations.

In the coming weeks, the Academy’s 1,800 members will vote for the nominations in various categories.

The nominations will be announced on Nov. 3 at the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo in Spain.

The 20th European Film Awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on Dec. 1.

The Academy’s pre-selection list includes films from 26 countries and unlike past years, the major film nations have no more than three films on the list.

“This year’s selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema,” the Academy said.

The 20 countries with the most EFA members voted one national film directly onto the selection list. A selection committee consisting of EFA board members and invited experts Gunnar Bergdahl (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Derek Malcolm (U.K.) and Jose Maria Riba (Spain) chose additional films.

The European Film Academy’s selection for European Film Award nominations include:
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Cristian Mungiu, Romania
“Alatriste,” Agustin Diaz Yanes, Spain
“Alexandra,” Alexander Sokurov, Russia/France
“The Art of Crying,” Peter Schoenau Fog, Denmark/Norway
“Belle Toujours,” Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France
“The Band’s Visit,” Eran Kolirin, Israel/France
“The Banishment,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia
“Black Book,” Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands/Germany/Belgium/U.K.
“Children,” Ragnar Bragason, Iceland
“Christmas Tree Upside Down,” Ivan Cherkelov, Vassil Zhivkov, Bulgaria/Germany
“The Edge of Heaven,” Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey
“Eduart,” Angeliki Antoniou, Greece/Germany
“Egg,” Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey/Greece
“Empties,” Jan Sverak, Czech Republic/U.K./Denmark
“Falkenberg Farewell,” Jesper Ganslandt, Sweden/Denmark
“Four Minutes,” Chris Kraus, Germany
“Das Fraeulein,” Andrea Staka, Switzerland/Germany
“I Served the King of England,” Jiri Menzel, Czech Republic/Slovak Republic
“Import Export,” Ulrich Seidl, Austria
“In Memory of Myself,” Saverio Costanzo, Italy
“Irina Palm,” Sam Garbarski, Belgium/Germany/Luxemburg/U.K./France
“Jar City,” Baltasar Kormakur, Iceland/Germany/Denmark
“Lady Chatterley,” Pascale Ferran, France
“The Last King of Scotland,” Kevin Macdonald, U.K.
“Man’s Job,” Aleksi Salmenpera, Finland
“My Brother Is an Only Child,” Daniele Luchetti, Italy
“The Night of the Sunflowers,” Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo, Spain/Portugal/France
“Once,” John Carney, Ireland
“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” Tom Tykwer, Germany/France/Spain
“Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France
“The Queen,” Stephen Frears, U.K./France/Italy
“Reprise,” Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden
“Savior’s Square,” Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, Poland
“Thieves,” Jaime Marques, Spain
“The Trap,” Srdan Golubovic, Serbia/Germany/Hungary
“This Is England,” Shane Meadows, U.K.
“The Unknown,” Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy/France
“La Vie en rose,” Olivier Dahan, France/Czech Republic/U.K.
“Waiter,” Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands/Belgium
“With Friends Like These,” Felix van Groeningen, Belgium
“Without Mercy,” Elemer Ragalyi, Hungary
“You, the Living,” Roy Andersson, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/Norway

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