The five nominations for the European University Film Award have been unveiled
by Fran Royo
- Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea, Cristian Mungiu's Graduation, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, Juho Kuosmanen's The Happiest Day In the Life of Olli Mäki and Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann vie for the prize
The European University Film Award (EUFA) was launched by the European Film Academy (EFA) and Filmfest Hamburg one month ago (read the news), to involve younger audiences in the spirit of European cinema and to support film dissemination, education and debating culture. Today, the five nominated films have been announced at the Filmfest Hamburg.
Based on the 50 feature films and 15 documentaries chosen by the EFA, a committee, which included German director Feo Aladag, Swedish academic Dagmar Brunow, Spanish journalist Luis Martinez Lopez and French producer Patrick Sobelman, has selected five titles to compete for the award.
The first film selected is the Italian-French production by Gianfranco Rosi, Fire at Sea [+see also:
interview: Gianfranco Rosi
film profile], the second is the Romanian production by Cristian Mungiu, Graduation [+see also:
Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile]. This is followed by British master Ken Loach’s film, I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
film profile], and German comedy Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile] by Maren Ade. Finland’s The Happiest Day in The Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile] by Juho Kuosmanen rounds out the nominations.
The nominees will be screened and discussed in 13 universities across 13 countries and each institution will select its favourite. In early December, one student representative from each university will attend a two-day deliberation meeting to decide on the overall winner. The announcement of the winning film will then take place during the week of the European Film Awards, on 10 December in Wroclaw, Poland, this year’s European Capital of Culture.
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