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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2020

The European Film Awards put the spotlight on social class, religion and… alcohol

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- Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden, Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round lead the nominations for the 2020 awards

The European Film Awards put the spotlight on social class, religion and… alcohol
Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello

For the European Film Academy, 2020 is about social class, religion and… alcohol. Announced today, the leading nominees for the upcoming 33rd European Film Awards, which will take place in a virtual ceremony streamed from Berlin on 12 December (read news), are Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden [+see also:
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, Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi [+see also:
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interview: Bartosz Bielenia
interview: Jan Komasa
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and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round [+see also:
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. All three have garnered four nominations, coincidentally in the same categories: European Film, European Director, European Actor (for Luca Marinelli, Bartosz Bielenia and Mads Mikkelsen, respectively) and European Screenwriter. An interesting feat for a very male trident, composed of some of the most successful films of the season, with the first two coming from last year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival, and the third hailing from the 2020 Cannes selection then later selected at the San Sebastián Film Festival.

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During an event streamed from the 17th Seville European Film Festival, hosted at the usual premises by the Gualdalquivir river albeit without any physical guests, and joined by EFA director Marion Döring online from Berlin, EFA chairman Mike Downey stated that exceptionally this year, “the EFA increased the number of nominations in the main categories to focus on European films in what has been an extremely difficult year for the industry”.

Alongside the three leading films, other titles have been selected by the EFA committee, such as Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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interview: Burhan Qurbani
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and Christian Petzold’s Undine [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
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(which both premiered at the Berlinale) as well as Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird [+see also:
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interview: Václav Marhoul
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(unveiled at last year’s Venice), rounding off the European Film category. However, there were some surprises in the European Director category, such as former EFA chair Agnieszka Holland receiving a nomination for her latest title Charlatan [+see also:
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, as well as François Ozon in the only nod for his latest Summer of 85 [+see also:
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and Norway’s Maria Sødahl for her sophomore film Hope [+see also:
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.

Star power is not lacking from those nominations, with Viggo Mortensen nominated for his performance in his directorial debut Falling [+see also:
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, alongside Berlinale Silver Bear winners Elio Germano (for Hidden Away [+see also:
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interview: Giorgio Diritti
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]
) and Paula Beer (for Undine), Nina Hoss for her role in My Little Sister [+see also:
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interview: Stéphanie Chuat and Véroniq…
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, and Marta Nieto for her Venice-winning work in Mother [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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]
.

Finally, the European Screenwriter category sees veteran director Costa-Gavras nominated for Adults in the Room [+see also:
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, adapted from Greek politician Yanis Varoufakis’ book, as well as the emerging D'Innocenzo brothers for their Berlinale-awarded screenplay for Bad Tales [+see also:
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interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
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]
.

As usual, the technical categories will be announced before the gala, which this year will feature the announcement of the brand-new LUX Audience Award, replacing the previous People’s Choice Award and presented in collaboration with the European Parliament.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

European Film
Another Round [+see also:
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- Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden)
Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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interview: Burhan Qurbani
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]
- Burhan Qurbani (Germany/Netherlands)
Corpus Christi [+see also:
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interview: Bartosz Bielenia
interview: Jan Komasa
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]
- Jan Komasa (Poland/France)
Martin Eden [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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]
- Pietro Marcello (Italy/France)
The Painted Bird [+see also:
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interview: Václav Marhoul
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]
- Václav Marhoul (Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia)
Undine [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
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]
- Christian Petzold (Germany/France)

European Documentary
Acasa - My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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]
- Radu Ciorniciuc (Romania/Germany/Finland)
Collective [+see also:
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- Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg)
Gunda [+see also:
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- Victor Kossakovsky (Norway/US)
Little Girl [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Lifshitz
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- Sébastien Lifshitz (France)
Saudi Runaway [+see also:
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- Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland)
The Cave [+see also:
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- Feras Fayyad (Syria/Denmark/Germany/USA/Qatar)

European Director
Agnieszka Holland - Charlatan [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Holland
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]
 (Czech Republic/Ireland/Poland/Slovakia)
Jan Komasa - Corpus Christi
Pietro Marcello - Martin Eden
François Ozon - Summer of 85 [+see also:
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 (France/Belgium)
Maria Sødahl - Hope [+see also:
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interview: Maria Sødahl
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]
(Norway/Sweden)
Thomas Vinterberg - Another Round

European Actress
Paula Beer - Undine
Natasha Berezhnaya - DAU. Natasha [+see also:
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interview: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy
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]
 (Germany/Ukraine/UK/Russia)
Andrea Braein Hovig - Hope
Ane Dahl Torp - Charter [+see also:
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interview: Amanda Kernell
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]
(Sweden/Denmark/Norway)
Nina Hoss - My Little Sister [+see also:
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interview: Stéphanie Chuat and Véroniq…
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]
(Switzerland)
Marta Nieto - Mother [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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]
(Spain/France)

European Actor
Bartosz Bielenia - Corpus Christi
Goran Bogdan - Father [+see also:
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interview: Srdan Golubović
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]
(Serbia/Germany/France/Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Luca Marinelli - Martin Eden
Elio Germano - Hidden Away [+see also:
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interview: Giorgio Diritti
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]
(Italy)
Mads Mikkelsen - Another Round
Viggo Mortensen - Falling [+see also:
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]
(UK/Canada/Denmark)

European Screenwriter
Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani - Berlin Alexanderplatz
Costa-Gavras - Adults in the Room [+see also:
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interview: Costa-Gavras
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]
 (France/Greece)
Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo - Bad Tales [+see also:
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interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
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]
(Italy/Switzerland)
Pietro Marcello, Maurizio Braucci - Martin Eden
Mateusz Pacewicz - Corpus Christi
Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm - Another Round

European Short Film
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark - Lasse Linder (Switzerland)
Genius Loci - Adrien Mérigeau (France)
Past Perfect - Jorge Jácome (Portugal)
Sun Dog - Dorian Jespers (Belgium/Russia)
Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days - Regina Pessoa (Portugal/Canada/France)

Categories already announced:

European Comedy (read news)
The Big Hit - Emmanuel Courcol (France)
Ladies of Steel [+see also:
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interview: Pamela Tola
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- Pamela Tola (Finland)
Advantages of Travelling by Train [+see also:
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- Aritz Moreno (Spain)

European Animated Feature Film (read news)
Josep [+see also:
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interview: Aurel
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]
- Aurel (France/Belgium/Spain)
Calamity: A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary [+see also:
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interview: Henri Magalon
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]
- Rémi Chayé (France/Denmark)
The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks - Andrey Khrzhanovsky (Russia)
Klaus [+see also:
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]
- Sergio Pablos (Spain)

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI (read news)
Full Moon [+see also:
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interview: Nermin Hamzagić
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]
- Nermin Hamzagic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Gagarin [+see also:
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interview: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Tr…
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]
- Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh (France)
Instinct [+see also:
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interview: Halina Reijn
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]
- Halina Reijn (Netherlands)
Isaac [+see also:
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interview: Jurgis Matulevičius
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]
- Jurgis Matulevičius (Lithuania)
Jumbo [+see also:
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interview: Zoé Wittock
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]
- Zoé Wittock (France/Belgium/Luxembourg)
Sole [+see also:
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interview: Carlo Sironi
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]
- Carlo Sironi (Italy/Poland)

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