AWARDS WATCH | With “Gomorrah” and “Il Divo,” Italy In Spotlight at 21st European Film Award Nominat

AWARDS WATCH | With "Gomorrah" and "Il Divo," Italy In Spotlight at 21st European Film Award Nominat

Matteo Garrone‘s “Gomorrah” and Paolo Sorrentino‘s “Il Divo,” both from Italy, lead the nominations for the 21st European Film Awards which were announced this morning at the Seville European Film Festival. Each film received five nominations today. The complete list of nominees is available now. Winners will be chosen by the 1,800 members of the European Film Academy and announced December 6th in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The nominees are:

EUROPEAN FILM 2008

Il Divo,” Italy, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino
produced by Indigofilm, Lucky Red, Parco Film, Babe Films, StudioCanal, Arte France Cinema

Entre Les Murs” (The Class), France, directed by Laurent Cantet
written by Laurent Cantet, Francois Begaudeau & Robin Campillo after the novel of Francois Begaudeau
produced by Haut et Court, France 2 Cinema

Gomorra” (Gomorrah), Italy, directed by Matteo Garrone
written by Maurizio Bracci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano
produced by Fandango, RAI Cinema

Happy-Go-Lucky,” UK, written and directed by Mike Leigh
produced by Thin Man Films Ltd., Summit Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, Film4, UK Film Council

El Orfanao” (The Orphanage), Spain, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
written by Sergio G. Sanchez
produced by Rodar y Rodar S.L., Telecinco Cinema

Waltz With Bashir,” Israel/France/Germany, written and directed by Ari Folman
produced by Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Les Films d’Ici, Razor Film Produktion, ARTE France, ITVS International

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2008
Laurent Cantet for “Entre Les Murs” (The Class)
Andreas Dresen for “Wolke 9” (Cloud 9)
Ari Folman for “Waltz With Bashir
Matteo Garrone for “Gomorra” (Gomorrah)
Steve McQueen for “Hunger
Paolo Sorrentino for “Il Divo

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2008
Michael Fassbender in “Hunger
Thure Lindhardt & Mads Mikkelsen in “Flammen & Citronen” (Flame & Citron)
James McAvoy in “Atonement
Toni Servillo in “Gomorra” (Gomorrah) and “Il Divo
Juergen Vogel in “Die Welle” (The Wave)
Elmar Wepper in “Kirschbluten – Hanami” (Cherry Blossoms)

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2008
Hiam Abbass in “Lemon Tree
Arta Dobroshi in “Le Silence de Lorna” (Lorna’s Silence)
Sally Hawkins in “Happy-Go-Lucky
Belen Rueda in “El Orfanato” (The Orphanage)
Kristin Scott Thomas in “Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’aime” (I’ve Loved You So Long)
Ursula Werner in “Wolke 9” (Cloud 9)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2008
Suha Arraf & Eran Riklis for “Lemon Tree
Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano for “Gomorra” (Gomorrah)
Ari Folman for “Waltz With Bashir
Paolo Sorrentino for “Il Divo

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2008
Luca Bigazzi for “Il Divo
Oscar Faura for “El Orfanato” (The Orphanage)
Marco Onorato for “Gomorra” (Gomorrah)
Sergey Trofimov & Rogier Stoffers for “Mongol

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY PRIX D’EXCELLENCE 2008
Marton Agh for production design, “Delta
Magdalena Biedrzycka for costume design, “Katyn
Laurence Briaud for editing, “Un Conte de Noel
Petter Fladeby for sound design, “O’Horten

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2008
Tuur Florizoone for “Aanrijding in Moscou” (Moscow, Belgium)
Dario Marianelli for “Atonement
Max Richter for “Waltz With Bashir
Fernando Velazquez for “El Orfanato” (The Orphanage)

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2008

Hunger,” UK, directed by Steve McQueen
written by Enda Walsh & Steve McQueen

Snijeg” (Snow), Bosnia and Herzegovina / Germany / France / Iran, directed by Aida Begi
written by Aida Begi and Elma Tataragi

Tatil Kitabi” (Summer Book), Turkey, written and directed by Seyfi Teoman

Tulpan,” Germany / Switzerland / Kazakhstan / Russia / Poland, directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy
written by Sergey Dvortsevoy and Gennady Ostrovskiy

Previously announced award recipients will include the Prix Eurimages to producers Vibeke Windelov from Scandinavia and Bettina Brokemper from Germany, and honorary awards to Dame Judi Dench and Dogma founders Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier, and Thomas Vinterberg.

The Prix Arte for best documentary will be presented to Helena Trestikova‘s “Rene” from the Czech Republic.

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