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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2022

Close, Holy Spider and Triangle of Sadness lead the nominations for the European Film Awards

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- With four nods each, the films by Lukas Dhont, Ali Abbasi and Ruben Östlund are the frontrunners for this year’s prizes

Close, Holy Spider and Triangle of Sadness lead the nominations for the European Film Awards
Close by Lukas Dhont

The European Film Academy has revealed the nominees in the main categories of the 35th European Film Awards, which will take place on 10 December in Reykjavík. For the first time, the Academy has announced the nominations in a video presenting all nominated productions and protagonists (find the video below).

With four nods each, this year’s frontrunners are Close [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile
]
, the sophomore feature by Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont, Holy Spider [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ali Abbasi
film profile
]
, the latest feature by Iranian-born, Denmark-based filmmaker Ali Abbasi, and Triangle of Sadness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
, the latest film by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund. All three of them are continuing a successful run after their bow in the Cannes Film Festival competition, where they all received awards – the Grand Jury Prize, the Best Actress Award and the Palme d’Or, respectively. The three of them are nominated in the European Film, European Director and European Screenwriter categories, and a lead actor from each film has managed to get into the acting categories (15-year-old Eden Dambrine, Cannes winner Zar Amir Ebrahimi and veteran Zlatko Burić).

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Hot on their heels is Corsage [+see also:
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interview: Marie Kreutzer
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]
, the feature by Austrian filmmaker Marie Kreutzer starring Vicky Krieps, winner of the Best Actress Award in Cannes' Un Certain Regard after its premiere. Both are nominated, in the European Director and European Actress categories, respectively, while the film is also vying for the European Film gong.

The European Film category is rounded off by this year’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner, Alcarràs [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carla Simón
interview: Giovanni Pompili
film profile
]
, the second feature by Spanish filmmaker Carla Simón, which also received a nomination in the European Screenwriter category.

The rest of the nominations include welcome participants such as Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski and France’s Alice Diop, both vying in the European Director category for the Cannes winner EO [+see also:
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]
and the Venice winner Saint Omer [+see also:
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interview: Alice Diop
film profile
]
, respectively, as well as stars Léa Seydoux, Penélope Cruz and Pierfrancesco Favino rubbing shoulders with already-established young sensations such as Paul Mescal and Elliott Crosset Hove in the acting categories.

A diverse group of titles have been selected for the European Documentary category, including the latest film by Mark Cousins and the posthumous documentary by Mantas Kvedaravičius, who was killed in the Ukraine war. Lastly, as usual, the European Discovery category, presented in co-operation with FIPRESCI - International Federation of Film Critics, is shedding light on six interesting fiction debuts.

These nominees join the previously announced ones in the categories of European Comedy, European Animated Feature Film and European Short Film (see the news). Now the members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winners, who will be announced at the European Film Awards ceremony. The winners of the Excellence Awards in the categories of European Cinematography, European Editing, European Production Design, European Costume Design, European Make-up & Hair, European Original Score, European Sound and European Visual Effects will be determined by an eight-member jury consisting of representatives of the different arts and crafts, and will be announced on 23 November.

The nominations:

European Film
Alcarràs [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carla Simón
interview: Giovanni Pompili
film profile
]
- Carla Simón (Spain/Italy)
Close [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile
]
- Lukas Dhont (Belgium/France/Netherlands)
Corsage [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marie Kreutzer
film profile
]
- Marie Kreutzer (Austria/Luxembourg/Germany/France)
Holy Spider [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ali Abbasi
film profile
]
- Ali Abbasi (Denmark/Germany/Sweden/France)
Triangle of Sadness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
- Ruben Östlund (Sweden/Germany/France/UK)

European Documentary
A House Made of Splinters [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/Sweden/Finland/Ukraine)
Girl Gang [+see also:
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interview: Susanne Regina Meures
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]
- Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland)
Mariupolis 2 [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania/France/Germany)
The Balcony Movie [+see also:
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interview: Paweł Łoziński
film profile
]
- Paweł Łoziński (Poland)
The March On Rome [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Mark Cousins
film profile
]
- Mark Cousins (Italy)

European Director
Lukas Dhont - Close
Marie Kreutzer - Corsage
Jerzy Skolimowski - EO [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Poland/Italy)
Ali Abbasi - Holy Spider
Alice Diop - Saint Omer [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Alice Diop
film profile
]
(France)
Ruben Östlund - Triangle of Sadness

European Actress
Vicky Krieps - Corsage
Zar Amir Ebrahimi - Holy Spider
Léa Seydoux - One Fine Morning [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
(France)
Penélope Cruz - Parallel Mothers [+see also:
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trailer
making of
film profile
]
(Spain)
Meltem Kaptan - Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Andreas Dresen
film profile
]
(Germany)

European Actor
Paul Mescal - Aftersun [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
(UK/USA)
Eden Dambrine - Close
Elliott Crosset Hove - Godland [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
(Denmark/Iceland/France/Sweden)
Pierfrancesco Favino – Nostalgia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mario Martone
film profile
]
(Italy/France)
Zlatko Burić - Triangle of Sadness

European Screenwriter
Carla Simón & Arnau Vilaró - Alcarràs
Kenneth Branagh - Belfast [+see also:
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]
(UK)
Lukas Dhont & Angelo Tijssens - Close
Ali Abbasi & Afshin Kamran Bahrami - Holy Spider
Ruben Östlund - Triangle of Sadness

European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI
107 Mothers [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Peter Kerekes
film profile
]
- Peter Kerekes (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Ukraine)
Love According To Dalva [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Emmanuelle Nicot
interview: Emmanuelle Nicot, Julie Esp…
film profile
]
- Emmanuelle Nicot (Belgium/France)
Other People [+see also:
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interview: Aleksandra Terpińska
film profile
]
- Aleksandra Terpińska (Poland/France)
Pamfir [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
film profile
]
- Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine/France/Poland/Germany/Chile)
Small Body [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Laura Samani
film profile
]
- Laura Samani (Italy/Slovenia/France)
Sonne [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kurdwin Ayub
film profile
]
- Kurdwin Ayub (Austria)

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