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17 nominees for first ever Austrian Film Awards

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17 nominees for first ever Austrian Film Awards

Austrian cinema, which is experiencing a boom, finally has its own national awards, the equivalent of France’s Cesars and Germany’s Lolas. The Austrian Film Academy has announced the nominees in the 13 categories (three per category) for the new Austrian Film Awards, which will be presented on January 29 at the Vienna Odeon by the Academy’s co-presidents, director Barbara Albert and actor Karl Markovics.

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The 17 nominees were chosen by Academy members and important industry representatives from among 41 titles (narrative films and documentaries). All Austrian in terms of their financing and cultural rootedness, they were released domestically between October 1, 2009 and November 30, 2010.

Among them are internationally acclaimed titles that testify to the success and quality of new Austrian cinema, including Lourdes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jessica Hausner
film profile
]
(four nominations – see Cineuropa’s Focus); films selected at the 60th Berlinale: The Robber [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Benjamin Heisenberg
film profile
]
(leading the way with seven nominations – see Focus), Jew Suss – Rise and Fall [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(four nominations), Kill Daddy Good Night [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Initiation [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
(see review); and Cannes gem La Pivellina [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(see review).

The winners, chosen by the 140 Academy members (their number was increased by 30% in September), will be re-released in theatres nationwide in the spring, to give audiences the chance to re-see or discover them.

Full list of nominees:

Best Feature Film
The Robber by Benjamin Heisenberg
Die Unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott (“The Unintentional Kidnapping of Frau Elfriede Ott”) by Andreas Prochaska
Lourdes by Jessica Hausner

Best Documentary
Bock For President by Houchang Allahyari and Tom-Dariusch Allahyari
In the Bazaar of Sexes by Sudabeh Mortezai
Pianomania by Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis

Best Actress
Dorka Gryllus in The Camera Murderer
Magdalena Kronschläger in Day and Night
Barbara Romaner in Mahler on the Couch [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Actor
Moritz Bleibtreu in Jew Suss – Rise and Fall
Andreas Lust in The Robber
Tobias Moretti in Jew Suss – Rise and Fall

Best Director
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel for La Pivellina
Jessica Hausner for Lourdes
Benjamin Heisenberg for The Robber

Best Screenplay
Jessica Hausner for Lourdes
Benjamin Heisenberg and Martin Prinz for The Robber
Uwe Lubrich, Alfred Schwarzenberger, Michael Ostrowski and Andreas Prochaska for Die Unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott

Best Cinematography
Martin Gschlacht for Women Without Men [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Gerald Salmina, Günther Göberl, Peter Thompson, Franz Recktenwald and Michael Kelem for Mount St. Elias
Reinhold Vorschneider for The Robber

Best Costume Design
Mahler on the Couch (Caterina Czepek)
Kill Daddy Good Night (Martina List)
Women Without Men (Thomas Oláh)

Best Make-Up
Initiation (Sam Dopona)
Kill Daddy Good Night (Heike Merker and Astrid Mariaschk)
Jew Suss –Rise and Fall (Björn Rehbein)

Best Score
Raimund Hepp for Der Atem des Himmels
Kollegium Kalksburg for Die Unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott
Olga Neuwirth for Kill Daddy Good Night

Best Editing
Tizza Covi for La Pivellina
Karina Ressler for Lourdes
Andrea Wagner and Benjamin Heisenberg for The Robber

Best Production Design
The Camera Murderer (Csaba Stork)
Jew Suss – Rise and Fall (Isidor Wimmer)
Women Without Men (Katharina Wöppermann)

Best Sound
3Faltig (Manfred Banach, Philipp Mosser and Bernhard Maisch)
The Robber (Marc Parisotto, Veronika Hlawatsch and Bernhard Maisch)
Day and Night (Dietmar Zuson, Veronika Hlawatsch and Bernhard Maisch)

(Translated from French)

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