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‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum

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‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum
“Cold War” was the big winner at the European Film Awards, picking up the prizes for Best European Film, Actress (Joanna Kulig), Director, and Screenwriter (both Paweł Pawlikowski). Best actor went to Marcello Fonte of “Dogman,” while Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named Best European Comedy.

Cold War” also led all films with five nominations, continuing a strong year for the black-and-white drama — Pawlikowski, whose “Ida” won the Foreign-Language Oscar, also took home Best Director laurels from Cannes.

Ali Abbasi’s “Border” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” left the ceremony empty-handed despite picking up four nominations apiece.

The full list of winners:

Best European Film

“Border,” Ali Abbasi

“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski

“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone

“Girl,” Lukas Dhont

“Happy as Lazzaro,” Alice Rorhwacher

European Comedy

“C’est La Vie,” Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

The Death of Stalin,” Armando Iannucci

European Director

Ali Abbasi,
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards
“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday.

“Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won for best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the U.S.S.R. into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisors.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,
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2018 European Film Awards nominations: Red-hot ‘Cold War’ leads on way to Oscars

2018 European Film Awards nominations: Red-hot ‘Cold War’ leads on way to Oscars
Nominations for the European Film Academy Award were announced on Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Seville film festival in Spain. Four of the entries in this year’s Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film — Sweden’s “Border,” Poland’s “Cold War,” Italy’s “Dogman” and Belgium’s “Girl” — are up for Best Picture. The fifth nominee is “Happy as Lazzaro” from Germany (which submitted “Never Look Away” at the Oscars).

Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” leads with five nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Tomasz Kot), Actress (Joanna Kulig) and Screenplay. “Dogman” and “Border” have four nominations apiece as does “Happy as Lazzaro.”

Winners of the 31st edition of these awards will be decided by the 3,000 plus members of the academy, drawn from all parts of Europe. The ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Seville.

Last year Ruben Ostlund‘s satire “The Square” swept the EFAs with six wins including both Best Picture and Best Comedy.
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'Cold War', 'Border', 'Dogman' lead 2018 European Film Award nominations

'Cold War', 'Border', 'Dogman' lead 2018 European Film Award nominations
The nominations for the 2018 Efa awards were revealed at the Seville European Film Festival.

After winning best birector at Cannes Film Festival, Pawel Pawlikowski’s melodrama about love and modern European history leads the European Film Awards (Efa) nominations with five nods including for European film, director, actress (for Joanna Kulig), actor (for Tomasz Kot) and screenwriter (for Pawlikowski).

Cold War was followed closely by Dogman, Border and Happy As Lazzaro with four Efa nominations each. The latter three joined Cold War in being nominated for European film, director and screenwriter.

Like Pawlikowski, Rohrwacher was nominated on her own for Lazzaro’s screenplay,
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European Film Awards nominate six debut films for Discovery prize

European Film Awards nominate six debut films for Discovery prize
Titles include Lukas Dhont’s Cannes title ‘Girl’.

The European Film Academy (Efa) has nominated six films for the European Discovery Fipresci prize, an award given to a first-time feature director.

The nominees include Lukas Dhont’s Girl, a drama about a young girl born in a boy’s body who dreams of being a ballerina. It premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, winning the Caméra d’Or for best first feature as well as the Queer Palm.

This year’s Golden Bear winner from the Berlinale, Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not, is nominated, alongside Gustav Möller
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'Girl,' 'The Guilty' and 'Touch Me Not' Among European Discovery Award Nominees

'Girl,' 'The Guilty' and 'Touch Me Not' Among European Discovery Award Nominees
Lukas Dhont's Girl, a coming-of-age drama involving a transgender girl training to be a ballerina; Gustav Moller's sparse thriller The Guilty, focused entirely on a headset-wearing worker at an Danish emergency call center; and Adina Pintilie's experimental, transgressive Touch Me Not, winner of this year's Golden Bear in Berlin, are among the nominees for the European Discovery 2018, the best first-feature honor of the European Film Awards.

The Hungarian drama One Day, from Zsofia Szilagyi, the assistant director of 2017 Berlinale winner On Body and Soul; Scary Mother, a look at a 50-year-old housewife in a mid-life crisis from filmmaker Ana Urushadze;...
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‘Ága’ Wins Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

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‘Ága’ Wins Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival
The 24th Sarajevo Film Festival has awarded its top prize to Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov’s “Ága.” The Yakut-language movie, which saw its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, tells the story of a troubled Inuit family.

“Ága” won the Heart of Sarajevo on Thursday night, the festival’s prize for best feature film, which includes a €16,000 award. The movie, a co-production between Bulgaria, Germany and France, was co-written by Lazarov and Simeon Ventsislavov.

“Ága” centers on an isolated Inuit couple who hold on to their traditions while global warming and the modern world encroach. When the wife’s health deteriorates, the husband decides to fulfill her last wish by embarking on a long journey to find their daughter, Ága, who deserted the couple long ago. Variety’s Jay Weissberg called the film a “handsome paean to a dying culture.”

For the second year running, the festival
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Sydney Film Festival to highlight European women filmmakers

‘Europe! Voices Of Women In Film’ will show the work of 10 directors across different genres.

Sydney Film Festival is working again with European Film Promotion (Efp) to present ‘Europe! Voices Of Women In Film’, a strand as part of this year’s event that will highlight ten European women filmmakers.

For the third year of the initiative, festival director Nashen Moodley made the final selection of 10 from 37 films submitted by 23 Efp member organisations. They include feature debuts as well as more established directors.

Emily Atef will bring her award-winning 3 Days In Quiberon to Sydney, while Dutch director Nanouk Leopold will present her latest feature Cobain,
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Variety Celebrates 10 Producers to Watch in Cannes

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Variety honored its 10 Producers to Watch for 2018 at a breakfast on Monday morning on Cannes’ Nespresso Beach.

First launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, the event celebrates an eclectic mix of producers from the U.S. and the international film community, who are united in their commitment to bold and original storytelling.

The films produced by this year’s honorees have played festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Venice, with a number screening at Cannes. “As well as they’re doing, as exciting as they are right now, there’s even greater things ahead,” said Variety’s VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos.

Victor Loewy was also honored with a lifetime achievement award for his long and distinguished career. “You can’t tell the story of Cannes, you can’t tell the story of international cinema, you can’t tell the story of Canadian business in cinema, without knowing who
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Variety Names 10 Producers to Watch for 2018

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Variety has selected its 10 Producers to Watch for 2018, a diverse mix of producers from the U.S. and the thriving international film scene. Variety Producers to Watch, which was originally launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, returned to the Croisette last year and will once again be presented there this year.

Regardless of their home base, these producers all share a fierce commitment to storytelling. Their films have played festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Venice, and a number are screening at Cannes.

Producer Dina Emam’s her first narrative feature, “Yomeddine,” was selected for competition. It will vie alongside Russian-made “Leto,” a music filled biopic that Murad Osmann and Ilya Stewart produced for director Kirill Serebrennikov, now under house arrest in that country.

Variety has also selected the forces behind “I, Tonya,” an Oscar winner for Allison Janney (Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara), and Rachel Song, who brought two
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‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival

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‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival
Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze was named best actress.

The Tiantan awards were presented at a spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday night outside the Chinese capital. In attendance at the closing ceremony, local stars included Huang Bo, actresses Lin Chi-ling and Tong Liya.

The prizes had been decided on by a jury headed by Wong Kar-wai. British wartime drama, “Journey’s End” collected two prizes, one for Paul Bettany as best supporting actor, and another for Hildur Gudnadottir.

Caucasus-set drama, “Dede” also won two prizes. Mariam Khatchvani was named best director, while Konstantin Esadze earned the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor in Kim Nguyen’s drone romance “Eye on Juliet.” Mina Sadati
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San Francisco International Film Festival Screens Over 180 Films

Marking its 61st year, the San Francisco International Film Festival closed April 17 after screening more than 180 films over the course of its two weeks. The festival opened on April 4 with IFC Films’ “A Kid Like Jake,” which had its world premiere back in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Silas Howard, the celebrated indie director best known for 2001’s “Hook and Crook,” and stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, and Priyanka Chopra. The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the Sf Film Festival includes 14 juried awards with close to $40,000 in cash prizes. This year’s Golden Gate New Directors award, its fiction film award, went to Ana Urushadze for “Scary Mother.” The jury noted the project’s “confident tone and unquestioning commitment to its fearless protagonist.” Urushadze is one of 67 female directors included in the 2018 festival. The Documentary Feature award went to Simon Lereng
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Nd/Nf Review: ‘Scary Mother’ is a Rebellious Breath of Fresh Air

There must be something really frightening in a 50-year-old woman deciding to give up her role as diligent housewife and mother, especially when it is the only one she can aspire to in a strictly patriarchal society. Manana (Nata Murvanidze), the heroine of Ana Urushadze’s strikingly daring and assured debut feature, is scary that way. Best First Feature at Locarno, winner of the Sarajevo Film Festival, and later selected as Georgia’s entry for Best Foreign Feature at the Oscars, Urushadze’s Scary Mother joins another 2017 Georgian female-centered festival darling, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’s poignant My Happy Family, to deliver an entrancing portrait of a woman who embarks on a mid-age quest to escape from a stultifying male-dominated world.

For Manana, the quest starts with a book. An aspiring writer who sacrificed her literary ambitions for a quiet homely life with a condescending husband and three kids,
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Record Number of European Oscar® Entries at Efp’s La Screenings

European Film Promotion highlights 28 European films for the 90th Academy AwardsPutting a spotlight on a record number of 28 European Oscar® entries, Efp (European Film Promotion) offers additional screenings of the films in L.A. for Academy members, journalists, U.S. distributors and international buyers. With the special support of the Efp member organizations, the event helps the productions to stand out among a record number of 92 submissions for the 90th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year the Efp Screenings Of Oscar® Entries From Europe were held from November 2–15 at the state of the art Dick Clark Screening Room. The campaign is financially supported by the Creative Europe — Media Programme of the European Union and the participating Efp member organizations.

Many of the European Oscar submissions feature European Shooting Stars or were made by Efp-related filmmakers. Notably four films were realized by participants of this year’s edition
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Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival

Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival
21 Best Foreign Language Film submissions and 16 Golden Globe submissions make this festival an important event in Los Angeles.

Now in its third year, The Asian World Film Festival is held at the Arclight in Culver City. While still dealing with growing pains, especially finding its audience, it still hosts a great community of film lovers and filmmakers. My wish is that next year it will reach farther to the Asian filmmaking community in L.A. and to the ethnic communities of L.A. who would love to see the works of their homeland filmmakers which are making their way toward Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Films.

Awff Jury President Lisa Lu

The winner this year of multiple prizes was the South Korean submission A Taxi Driver. This funny and very serious film is so important today, and with the best publicist for the Academy Awards, Pogodin & Associattes, it
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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Georgia: ‘Scary Mother’

Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Georgia: ‘Scary Mother’
Scary is not exactly the word for this horror of a woman. Expecting something like a Japanese horror film, I was taken by surprise to learn that the scary part of this mother was her imagination. And to realize further that our imagination is shaped by the traumas of our childhood as ways of coping impacts powerfully on the psyche of whoever is watching it.

What begins as a happy family whose mother has taken time to write ends with the discovery that one’s imagination is more than mere images conjured up by a creative mind. Scary Mother develops this thesis into

A 50-year-old housewife struggles with her dilemma — to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years — and decides to follow her passion thus plunging herself into writing, sacrificing to it mentally and physically.

It takes a brave woman to depict
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Foreign-Language Oscar Race is 27 Percent Women-Directed

Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister” was submitted by Laos

We’ll have to wait until January 23 for Oscar nominations to be announced, but the Academy has released the titles of all of the films competing in the foreign-language Oscar race. According to Deadline, a record-setting number of countries have submitted films for consideration in the category. Of 92 films vying for a nomination, 25 are directed or co-directed by women by our count — an encouraging 27 percent. A nine-film shortlist will follow before final nominations are revealed.

Nineteen percent of last year’s crop of films submitted in this category were directed or co-directed by women. Just one of them ended up scoring a nod — Maren Ade’s daughter-father dramedy “Toni Erdmann.”

For comparison’s sake, consider the fact that none of this year’s or last year’s Best Picture nominees were helmed by women. The last time a woman-directed film received a Best Picture nomination was Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” back in 2015. So, women directors are better represented in the foreign-language category — featuring women directors from all over the world — than the largely American Best Picture race.

We’ve reported on some of the women-helmed features that have been submitted for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, including Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President,” a drama about an official grappling with tribal laws, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.

Other titles in the running include Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister,” the story of a girl who can communicate with the dead, and Mijke de Jong’s “Layla M.” a drama about a teenage Muslim who becomes radicalized.

Check out all of the women-directed films submitted by their respective countries below. List adapted from Deadline.

Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat, director;

Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel, director;

Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad, director;

Australia, “The Space Between,” Ruth Borgobello, director;

Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors;

Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, director;

Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director;;

Ecuador, “Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragán, director;

Georgia, “Scary Mother,” Ana Urushadze, director;

Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Guetty Felin, director;

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar, director;

Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do, director;

Luxembourg, “Barrage,” Laura Schroeder, director;

Mexico, “Tempestad,” Tatiana Huezo, director;

Netherlands, “Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, director;

Palestine, “Wajib,” Annemarie Jacir, director;

Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director;

Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors;

Singapore, “Pop Aye,” Kirsten Tan, director;

Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director;

Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón, director;

Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe, director;

Taiwan, “Small Talk,” Hui-Chen Huang, director;

Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong, director;

Foreign-Language Oscar Race is 27 Percent Women-Directed was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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Slovenia Chooses Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak’s “Miner” as Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

“Miner”

Another woman-directed film based on a true story has been added to the foreign-language Oscar race. On Monday Cambodia selected Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” as its pick for the 2018 Academy Awards, and now comes word that Slovenia will submit Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak’s “Rudar,” or “Miner.”

The former is an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung’s 2000 non-fiction book, and the latter is based on the experiences of a Bosnian miner who migrated to Slovenia. “In an abandoned mine, he discovers the remains of victims of post-World War II reprisal killings,” The Hollywood Reporter summarizes. “In his determination to fight for a decent burial of the executed people, he goes against his managers and loses his job.”

“Miner” premiered at the Slovenian Film Festival earlier this month. Slak’s previous credits include “Blind Spot” and “Teah.”

Other women-directed films submitted for consideration in the foreign-language category include Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother,” a psychological thriller, Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son, and Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” a crime drama about a woman seeking revenge after hunters kill her dog.

Slovenia Chooses Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak’s “Miner” as Foreign-Language Oscar Pick was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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