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Little England a big favourite at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards

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- Pantelis Voulgaris’ period drama leads the HFA nominations with 13 gongs, The Enemy Within follows with 10 nominations, and Miss Violence gathers 8

Little England a big favourite at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards
The HFA press conference on Tuesday

The season’s local box-office hit topped the Hellenic Film Academy (HFA) members’ preferences, as revealed on Tuesday at the HFA’s press conference announcing the nominees for its fifth annual awards. Pantelis VoulgarisLittle England [+see also:
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leads the pack with 13 nominations in the 15 categories it was eligible for, only missing out on lead actor and actress. In addition, it is not being considered in the directing category, from which multi-awarded veteran Voulgaris chose to abstain.

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Based on the titular award-winning novel by Voulgaris’ wife, Ioanna Karystianni, the period drama recounts the way of life in the island of Andros, where the only way for a man to bring food to the table is to go out to sea and get it, while their wives and families wait for the sailors’ return for months on end. A tormented love triangle starts to develop, once the country and its seamen start being dragged into the chaotic tempest of World War II.

Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ Toronto-screened social drama The Enemy Within [+see also:
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, a biting take on xenophobia and its many twisted forms, garnered ten nominations, including Best Director, Screenplay and Picture. Silver Lion winner Miss Violence [+see also:
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by Alexis Avranas came in third place in the Best Picture race, fetching eight nominations, including the one for Volpi Cup-awarded lead actor Themis Panou. Having been screened in Toronto, Penny Panayiotopoulou’s solemn drama September [+see also:
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came in fourth place with six awards, while the fifth Best Picture spot was shared by Yiannis SakaridesWild Duck [+see also:
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and Nicolas TriandafyllidisThe Sentimentalists, with two nominations each. 

Heading into their fifth year, the Hellenic Film Academy Awards will be handed out on Monday 14 April, where films like Elina Psykou’s The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas [+see also:
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(three nominations), Yorgos ServetasStanding Aside, Watching [+see also:
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(one) and Maria Ntouza’s The Tree and the Swing [+see also:
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interview: Maria Douza
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(two) will also be vying for recognition.

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