×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hollywood Star Vehicles Chase European Audience Award

European film fans to vote for EFA's People’s Choice Award

LONDON — English-language fare with Hollywood stars make up more than a third of the nominees for the European Film Academy’s People’s Choice Award, which will be voted for by film fans across Europe.

Nominees include “Anna Karenina,” starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, “The Best Offer,” toplining Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland, “The Impossible,” which stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and “Love Is All You Need,” starring Pierce Brosnan.

Half of the pics were shot in the English language, reflecting a shift by European filmmakers toward English-lingo movies.

Films by Nordic helmers dominate the list, contributing four of the nominees, including Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s “Kon-Tiki” and Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Deep.”

Three pics are produced by U.K. companies, including Oscar docu winner “Searching for Sugar Man,” and Spain is repped by two films, including Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited.” Films from Central and Eastern European are completely shut out.

The sea plays a central part in the action of three of the films, portrayed as an uncontrollable and potentially destructive force to be feared, perhaps reflecting a mood of helplessness in Europe in the face of global threats such as the economic crisis, terrorism and climate change.

One of the pics — Felix Van Groeningen’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown” — featured in Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch, a program that ran at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, in partnership with European Film Promotion.

The award will be handed out at the 26th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec. 7 in Berlin. Ernst & Young will act as official tabulator, endorsing the voting procedures and confirming the winner.

EFA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD NOMINEES:
“Anna Karenina,” Joe Wright (U.K.)
“The Best Offer,” Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)
The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium)
“The Deep,” Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland/Norway)
“The Gilded Cage,” Ruben Alves (Portugal/France)
“I’m So Excited,” Pedro Almodovar (Spain)
“The Impossible,” J.A. Bayona (Spain)
“Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg (Norway, Denmark, U.K., Germany, Sweden)
Love Is All You Need,” Susanne Bier (Denmark)
“Oh Boy!,” Jan Ole Gerster (Germany)
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul (U.K./Sweden)

More Film

  • 'All These Small Moments' Review

    Film Review: 'All These Small Moments'

    The magic of writer-director Melissa B. Miller Costanzo’s “All These Small Moments” can be found within the intimacy of the scenarios, the authenticity of her earnest characterizations, and the accessibility of the actors’ honest performances. In her deftly polished directorial debut, Costanzo dovetails the primary story about a teen’s coming of age with a secondary [...]

  • Bruce Tufeld Dead: Hollywood Agent and

    Hollywood Agent and Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies at 66

    Bruce Tufeld, a Hollywood agent and manager who once repped stars like Rob Lowe, Laura Dern, and Kelsey Grammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles as a result of complications from liver cancer. He was 66. The son of respected television announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, Bruce began his career as an assistant at ICM [...]

  • Bruce Dern

    Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern's 'The Lears' Bought by Vertical for February Release

    In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a documentary about Madonna’s early music career gets a release. ACQUISITIONS Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights from NeoClassics Films to “The Lears,” starring Bruce Dern in a modern-day [...]

  • Octavia Spencer Bryce Dallas Howard

    Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy 'Fairy Tale Ending'

    Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.” Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) are writing the screenplay. Howard will also produce the Universal movie through her Nine Muses Entertainment alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson. Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will produce [...]

  • Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at DuArt

    Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at New York's DuArt Film Labs, Dies at 88

    Robert Smith, a longtime executive with New York’s DuArt Film Labs, died Jan. 11 in Montvale, N.J. He was 88. Smith spent some 62 years with DuArt, the film processing and post-production facility founded in 1922 in the penthouse of an automobile garage in Midtown. Smith rose to president of DuArt before retiring in 2015. [...]

  • Bird Box

    Los Angeles On-Location Feature Filming Surges 12.2% in 2018

    On-location feature filming in Greater Los Angeles expanded impressively in 2018, gaining 12.2% to 4,377 shooting days, according to FilmL.A. Production activity for feature films rose 15.5% to 1,078 shooting days during the fourth quarter, with 146 days coming from projects receiving California tax credits — including Netflix’s “Bird Box,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content