European Film Awards 2020

Sevilla EFA 2020

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

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

For the European Film Academy, 2020 is about social class, religion and… alcohol. Announced on 10 of November at Sevilla, the leading nominees for the upcoming 33rd European Film Awards, which will take place in a virtual ceremony streamed from Berlin on 12 December, are Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden, Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round. 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.

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 and Christian Petzold’s Undine (which both premiered at the Berlinale) as well as Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird (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 as well as François Ozon in the only nod for his latest Summer of 85 and Norway’s Maria Sødahl for her sophomore film Hope.

Star power is not lacking from those nominations, with Viggo Mortensen nominated for his performance in his directorial debut Falling, alongside Berlinale Silver Bear winners Elio Germano (for Hidden Away) and Paula Beer (for Undine), Nina Hoss for her role in My Little Sister, and Marta Nieto for her Venice-winning work in Mother.

Finally, the European Screenwriter category sees veteran director Costa-Gavras nominated for Adults in the Room, adapted from Greek politician Yanis Varoufakis’ book, as well as the emerging D'Innocenzo brothers for their Berlinale-awarded screenplay for Bad Tales.

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.

by David González- Cineuropa