Perhaps it is not necessary to insist on how strange it is to attend the announcement of the nominations for the European Film Awards of the European Film Academy (EFA) without family photo, abundant public or canapés. The good news, however, is that the European academy continues to maintain its bet: that the Seville Hundred European Festival (Seff) continues to host this event, and that good cinema that is made in the old continent continues to monopolize the pools .
The Seville Festival adapts its sessions to the new schedule allowed by the pandemic
The fact that this announcement was made by streaming has not detracted from the selection, in which the four nominees for Best Film stand out: the Italian Martin Eden, from Pietro Marcello, which last year won the Giraldillo de Oro at the Seff; the danish Another round from Thomas vinterberg; the polish Corpus Christi from Jan Komasa; Berlin Alexanderplatz, from German of Afghan origin Burhan Qurbani; the czech The painted bird, from Vaclav Marhoul, Y Ondina, from german Christian Petzold, that inaugurated the Seville contest last Friday.
It should be noted that, of these, the first three not only compete for the award for Best Film, but also coincide in the categories of Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Bartosz Bielenia, Mads Mikkelsen and Luca Marinelli, respectively), making them clear favorites. Other big names that will fight to win the award for Best Director will be Agnieszka Holland by Charlatan, François Ozon by Summer of ’85 Y Maria Sødahl by Hope.
Although the Spanish celluloid has not traditionally had it easy to prevail in these awards, it always manages to sneak in some titles ready to present battle. On this occasion, it is listed as a contender for Best Comedy Advantage to travel by train from Aritz Moreno, adaptation of the homonymous novel by Antonio Orejudo; Klaus, from Sergio Pablos, as Best Animated Film, and the co-production Josep, from Aurel, in the same category.
The actress also stands out Marta Nieto in the starring role of Mother, the latest feature film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, which could also be seen in the last edition of the Seff, and which competes in the category of Best Actress after having won an award from the section Horizons of the Venice Film Festival for this same role.
Among the films screened at the Seville Festival this year are also three of the nominees for Best Actress: Paula Beer by Ondina, Natasha Berezhnaya by DAU. Natasha and Nina Hoss by My little sister. Likewise, among the nominees in the Best Documentary category is Petite fille, from French Sébastien Lifshitz. Other titles that can be seen these days in Seville and that aspire to some EFA statuette are Gagarine, from Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, whose nomination in the Discovery-Fipresci category has already been announced. The nomination in the Animation category of Calamity, from Rémi Chayé, present in the new Extraordinary Stories section, where the shortlist is also screened Enfant terrible, from Oskar Roehler.
European nominations since 2005
During the announcement of the nominations, Antonio Munoz, delegate of the Area of Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism of the Seville City Council, has indicated that the city of Seville “is proud to support the European Film Awards in this special edition, welcoming, once again, the announcement of nominations” , which has been taking place within the framework of the Seville contest since 2005. “I am sure that the Seville Festival is being an example of adaptation to the pandemic for the entire European film industry,” Muñoz added.
For his part, the vice president of the European Film Academy, Mike Downey, has expressed its “solidarity towards the Seville Festival for its organization in these difficult times” and has made a special announcement: the increase in nominations from five to six in all categories, a gesture that will serve “to recognize the complicated moment that it is going through the European film industry ”.
As a consequence of the pandemic, the 33rd edition of the European Film Awards, which was scheduled to be held in Reykjavik (Iceland), will finally take place as a series of virtual events, produced from the headquarters of the European Film Academy in Berlin and no audience in the room. Every night there will be a live broadcast under the title The EFAs at Eight (at 8:00 p.m.), presenting the nominees and winners of the different categories. The events will begin on Tuesday, December 8 with a debate on the future of European cinema in the context of Covid-19 and will conclude with a great final act on Saturday, December 12. All these calls can be followed on the website www.europeanfilmawards.eu, and the nominees and winners will intervene through live videoconferences.