Four debut features nominated for the European Discovery award
by Naman Ramachandran
British director Steve McQueen’s much lauded Hunger [+see also:
interview: Laura Hastings-Smith Robi…
interview: Steve McQueen
film profile] is one of four European films vying for the annual European Discovery award presented by the European Film Academy (EFA) as part of the European Film Awards. The award is given to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.
The other nominees are Aida Begić’s Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran co-production Snow [+see also:
film profile] (Snijeg), Seyfi Teoman’s Turkish film Summer Book (Tatil Kitabi) and Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Germany/Switzerland/Kazhakstan/Russia/Poland co-production Tulpan [+see also:
Hunger won the Camera D’Or in Cannes, Snown won the Grand Prix at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique and opened the Sarajevo Film Festival, Tatil Kitabi won Best Turkish Film of the Year at the Istanbul International Film Festival while Tulpan won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes.
A committee comprising the film journalists Dana Linssen (the Netherlands), Julia Teichmann (Germany) and Rui Pedro Tendinha (Portugal) – all FIPRESCI members – and EFA Board members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Stefan Laudyn (Poland) chose this year’s nominees.
The nominated films will now be made available to all 1,800 members of the European Film Academy. They will vote for the winner who will be announced at the 21st European Film Awards on December 6 in Copenhagen.
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