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Nominations for the 23rd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA
Productions announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2010.The more than 2,300 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 23rd European Film Awards. Leading the field are THE GHOST WRITER, Roman Polanski’s political thriller with seven nominations, and LEBANON, Samuel Maoz's Israeli war drama, with five nominations.

Both movies garnered nominations for European Film, European Director for Polanski and Maoz and European Screenwriter (Richard Harris and Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER and Samuel Maoz for LEBANON). Both films are also nominated for editing (Hervé de Luze for THE GHOST WRITER and Arik Lahav-Leibovich for LEBANON). While THE GHOST WRITER received additional nominations for actor Ewan McGregor, production designer Albrecht Konrad and composer Alexandre Desplat, LEBANON’s cinematographer Giora Bejach is nominated as well.

Semih Kaplanoğlu's Berlin Golden Bear-winner HONEY about a young boy in search for his father is up for three awards including European Film, Director (for Kaplanoğlu) and Cinematographer for Barış Özbiçer.

The remaining nominations for European Director went to Olivier Assayas for CARLOS (the French-German biopic of the infamous terrorist received an additional nomination for editors Luc Barnier and Marion Monnier) and to Italy’s Paolo Virzi for his family dramedy THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING.

THE GHOST WRITER (France/Germany/UK), LEBANON (Israel) and HONEY (Turkey) will be competing for the European Film 2009 prize alongside French monastery drama OF GODS AND MEN by Xavier Beauvois (also nominated for this film is cinematographer Caroline Champetier), Juan José Campanella’s romantic mystery THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Spain/Argentinia) as well as SOUL KITCHEN (Germany), Fatih Akin’s delicious gastro comedy.

Further nominations went to actors Jakob Cedergren (Denmark) for his role as Nick in Thomas Vinterberg’s brother drama SUBMARINO, Italian Elio Germano (as construction worker Claudio in Daniele Luchetti’s social drama OUR LIFE), Romanian George Pistereanu (as 18-year-old Silviu released from a juvenile detention center in Florin Serban’s drama IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE) and Spanish Luis Tosar (as inmate Malamadre leading a rebellion in Daniel Monzón’s prison drama CELL 211). The latter film also received a screenplay nomination for Jorge Guerricaechevarría & Daniel Monzón.

Nominated actresses include Zrinka Cvitešić (Bosnia) as Luna in Jasmila Zbanic’s relationship drama ON THE PATH), Sibel Kekilli (Germany) as a young Turkish mother fleeing from her violent husband in Feo Adalag’s German Oscar candidate WHEN WE LEAVE, Lesley Manville (UK) as unhappy single fifty-something Mary in Mike Leigh’s social dramedy ANOTHER YEAR (the film received a second nomination for composer Gary Yershon), Sylvie Testud (France) as a wheelchair-bound Christine in Jessica Hausner’s pilgrimage dramedy LOURDES and Lotte Verbeek (the Netherlands) as young rebellious Anne in Urszula Antoniak’s relationship drama NOTHING PERSONAL.

Nominated for the new production design award are Paola Bizzarri and Luis Ramirez for the Italian costume drama I, DON GIOVANNI and Markku Pätilä and Jaagup Roomet for the Estonian tragedy THE TEMPATION OF ST. TONY about a manager in his midlife crisis. And two additional nominations for best composer went to Pasquale Catalano for the Italian family farce LOOSE CANNONS and Ales Brezina for the Czech political drama KAWASAKI’S ROSE.

One nomination each received the French music drama THE CONCERT for screenwriter Radu Mihaileanu and Aleksei Propogebsky’s drama HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER about two men in a Russian polar station for cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov.

The 2,300 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

Nominated are:


BAL (Honey), Turkey/Germany
directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu
written by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Orçun Köksal
produced by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Johannes Rexin

DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (Of Gods and Men), France
directed by Xavier Beauvois
written by Etienne Comar & Xavier Beauvois

directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
written and directed by Samuel Maoz
produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (The Secret in their Eyes), Spain/Argentina
directed by Juan José Campanella
written by Eduardo Sacheri & Juan José Campanella
produced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky & Juan José Campanella

directed by Fatih Akin
written by Fatih Akin & Adam Bousdoukos
produced by Fatih Akin & Klaus Maeck


Olivier Assayas for CARLOS
Semih Kaplanoğlu for BAL (Honey)
Samuel Maoz for LEBANON
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER
Paolo Virzi for LA PRIMA COSA BELLA (The First Beautiful Thing)


Zrinka Cvitešić in NA PUTU (On the Path)
Sibel Kekilli in DIE FREMDE (When We Leave)
Lesley Manville in ANOTHER YEAR
Sylvie Testud in LOURDES


Jakob Cedergren in SUBMARINO
Elio Germano in LA NOSTRA VITA (Our Life)
George Pistereanu in EU CAND VREAU SA FLUIER, FLUIER (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle)
Luis Tosar in CELDA 211 (Cell 211)


Jorge Guerricaechevarría & Daniel Monzón for CELDA 211 (Cell 211)
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER
Samuel Maoz for LEBANON
Radu Mihaileanu for LE CONCERT (The Concert)


Giora Bejach for LEBANON
Caroline Champetier for DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (Of Gods and Men)
Pavel Kostomarov for Как я провел этим летом (How I Ended this Summer)
Barış Özbiçer for BAL (Honey)


Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS
Arik Lahav-Leibovich for LEBANON
Hervé de Luze for THE GHOST WRITER


Paola Bizzarri & Luis Ramirez for IO, DON GIOVANNI (I, Don Giovanni)
Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER
Markku Pätilä & Jaagup Roomet for PÜHA TÕNU KIUSAMINE (The Temptation of St. Tony)


Ales Brezina for KAWASAKIHO RŮŽE (Kawasaki’s Rose)
Pasquale Catalano for MINE VAGANTI (Loose Cannons)
Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER
Gary Yershon for ANOTHER YEAR

Watch the 23rd European Film Awards: 4 December 2010
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The European Film Awards 2010 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the City of Tallinn, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Public Broadcasting, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and BDG.


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