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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2019

Almodóvar, Bellocchio, Polanski and Lanthimos top European Film Awards nominations

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- Pain and Glory, The Traitor, An Officer and a Spy and The Favourite are vying for the statuette in four categories

Almodóvar, Bellocchio, Polanski and Lanthimos top European Film Awards nominations
Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar

The European Film Academy (EFA) announced the nominees for the European Film Awards at a ceremony held on Saturday at the 16th Seville European Film Festival. It’s an edition dominated by big names: none other than Pedro Almodóvar, Marco Bellocchio and Roman Polanski are topping the nominations with four each. Interestingly enough, their respective films, Pain and Glory [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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, The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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]
and An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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, have all nabbed nominations in the European Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor categories (Antonio Banderas, Pierfrancesco Favino and Jean Dujardin, respectively).

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Right beside the three masters, Yorgos Lanthimos has also received four nominations for his latest opus The Favourite [+see also:
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, which was already nominated in the European Comedy category, and is now duking it out in the European Film, Director and Actress categories (for Olivia Colman’s Oscar-winning performance).

The latest film by Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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, is shining too with three nominations, in the European Director (making it the only female director nominated), Screenplay and Actress (for both Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant) categories. Beyond this, the biggest surprises came from debutant filmmakers Ladj Ly and Nora Fingscheidt, whose debut films Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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]
and System Crasher [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
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]
are nominated in the European Film category.

As usual, the categories announced beforehand were European Comedy (read news) and European Animated Film (news), European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI (news), European Short Film (news) and People’s Choice Award (news).

The awards ceremony will take place once again in Berlin on 7 December. Before that, the Academy will present the winners of the technical European Film Awards (in the categories of cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design).

Here is the complete list of nominees:

European Film
An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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– Roman Polanski (France/Italy)
Les Misérables [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ladj Ly
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]
– Ladj Ly (France)
Pain and Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
– Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
System Crasher [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nora Fingscheidt
film profile
]
– Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)
The Favourite [+see also:
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trailer
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- Yorgos Lanthimos (UK/Ireland)
The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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]
– Marco Bellocchio (Italy/France/Germany/Brazil)

European Director
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain and Glory
Marco Bellocchio – The Traitor
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Roman Polanski – An Officer and a Spy
Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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]
(France)

European Documentary
For Sama [+see also:
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interview: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
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]
– Waad Al Khateab, Edward Watts (UK/US)
Honeyland [+see also:
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interview: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara K…
interview: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir S…
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]
– Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (North Macedonia)
Putin’s Witnesses [+see also:
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interview: Vitaly Mansky
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]
– Vitaly Mansky (Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic)
Selfie [+see also:
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– Agostino Ferrente (France/Italy)
The Disappearance of My Mother [+see also:
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– Beniamino Barrese (Italy/US)

European Actress
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Trine Dyrholm – Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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interview: May el-Toukhy
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]
(Denmark)
Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant - Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Viktoria Miroshnichenko – Beanpole [+see also:
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(Russia)
Helena Zengel - System Crasher

European Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Jean Dujardin – An Officer and a Spy
Pierfrancesco Favino – The Traitor
Levan Gelbakhiani – And Then We Danced [+see also:
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interview: Levan Akin
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]
(Sweden/Georgia/France)
Alexander Scheer – Gundermann [+see also:
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(Germany)
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson – A White, White Day [+see also:
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interview: Hlynur Pálmason
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]
(Iceland/Denmark/Sweden)

European Screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain and Glory
Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi – The Traitor
Robert Harris, Roman Polanski – An Officer and a Spy
Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti – Les Misérables
Céline Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Categories already announced:

European Comedy (read news)
Ditte & Louise - Niclas Bendixen (Denmark)
Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Sameh Zoabi
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]
- Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium)
The Favourite - Yorgos Lanthimos

European Animated Feature Film (read news)
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: José L…
film profile
]
- Salvador Simó (Spain/Netherlands)
I Lost My Body [+see also:
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interview: Jérémy Clapin
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]
- Jérémy Clapin (France)
Marona's Fantastic Tale [+see also:
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- Anca Damian (Romania/France/Belgium)
The Swallows of Kabul [+see also:
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interview: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbe-…
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]
- Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec (France/Luxembourg/Switzerland)

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI (read news)
ANIARA [+see also:
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- Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja (Sweden)
Atlantics [+see also:
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interview: Mati Diop
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]
- Mati Diop (France/Senegal/Belgium)
Blind Spot [+see also:
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interview: Tuva Novotny
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]
- Tuva Novotny (Norway)
Irina [+see also:
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]
- Nadejda Koseva (Bulgaria)
Les Misérables - Ladj Ly
Ray & Liz [+see also:
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interview: Richard Billingham
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]
- Richard Billingham (UK)

European Short Film (read news)
Dogs Barking at Birds - Leonor Teles (Portugal)
Reconstruction - Jiří Havlíček, Ondřej Novák (Czech Republic)
The Christmas Gift - Bogdan Mureşanu (Romania/Spain)
The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady - Gabriel Abrantes (France/Portugal)
Watermelon Juice - Irene Moray (Spain)

People's Choice Award (read news)
Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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]
- Ali Abbasi (Sweden/Denmark)
Cold War [+see also:
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Q&A: Pawel Pawlikowski
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]
- Paweł Pawlikowski (Poland/UK/France)
Dogman [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Garrone
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]
- Matteo Garrone (Italy/France)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [+see also:
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]
- David Yates (UK/USA)
Girl [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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]
- Lukas Dhont (Belgium/Netherlands)
Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
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]
- Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/France/Germany/Switzerland)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again [+see also:
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]
- Ol Parker (UK)
Pain and Glory - Pedro Almodóvar
Sink or Swim [+see also:
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]
- Gilles Lellouche (France)
The Breadwinner [+see also:
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]
- Nora Twomey (Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg)
The Favourite - Yorgos Lanthimos
The Purity of Vengeance Journal 64 [+see also:
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interview: Elliott Crosset Hove
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]
- Christoffer Boe (Denmark)

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