‘Broken Circle Breakdown’ Leads European Film Award Nominations

'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Award Nominations

One of the frontrunners for the foreign film Oscar is Belgian entry “Broken Circle Breakdown,”  which was a breakout hit in Belgium before it won the audience award at Berlin last February. The improbable bluegrass musical romance went on to delight global festival audiences, winning best screenplay at Tribeca. Now the Felix van Groeningen film leads the field with five nominations for the 26th European Film Awards, which were announced Saturday morning. It’s currently playing in limited release stateside (Tomatometer ranking: 80%).

This crowdpleaser is a four-hankie love story between a sexy tattoo shop owner (Belgian star Veerle Batens) and a freewheeling banjo player (Johan Heldenbergh) who start a family and must confront their different ideologies when their daughter (Nell Cattrysse) gets sick. The film is also nominated for the European Film Awards’ People’s Choice prize. It is the only film to sweep all major categories.

Also nominated is another well-received Oscar entry, Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which played well in Cannes and scored nominations for picture, director, screenplay and actor for Toni Servillo. European award nominee “Blue is the Warmest Color” was not submitted for the Oscar by France because it was released after the eligibility cut-off, and “Snow White” was Spain’s Oscar entry last year. Spain also scored a nomination in the comedy category for Pedro Almodovar’s raucous “I’m So Excited,” and Danish auteur Susanne Bier’s adult romance “Love is All You Need” also landed in the comedy category. Germany submitted another film, “Two Lives,” for the Oscar, which is playing well with Academy members. 

In the acting categories, Keira Knightley landed a nomination for Working Title’s “Anna Karenina,” which vied for stateside awards last year, as did Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.” 

The more than 2,900 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on December 7 in Berlin.

Nominated are:

EUROPEAN FILM 2013

THE BEST OFFER

Italy, 130 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Giuseppe Tornatore 

PRODUCED BY: Isabella Cocuzza & Arturo Paglia

BLANCANIEVES

Spain/France, 104 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Pablo Berger

PRODUCED BY: Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal & Pablo Berger

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Belgium, 100 min

DIRECTED BY: Felix van Groeningen 

WRITTEN BY: Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen 

PRODUCED BY: Dirk Impens

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA

THE GREAT BEAUTY

Italy/France, 140 min

DIRECTED BY: Paolo Sorrentino

WRITTEN BY: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello

PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima

OH BOY!

Germany, 83 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jan Ole Gerster 

PRODUCED BY: Marcos Kantis & Alexander Wadouh

LA VIE D’ADELE: CHAPITRES 1 & 2 

ADELE: CHAPTERS 1 & 2

France, 179 min

DIRECTED BY: Adellatif Kechiche

WRITTEN BY: Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalya Lacroix

PRODUCED BY: Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval & Abdellatif Kechiche

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2013

LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS

I’M SO EXCITED!

Spain, 90 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Pedro Almodóvar

PRODUCED BY: Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García

BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!

WELCOME MR PRESIDENT!

Italy, 100 min

DIRECTED BY: Riccardo Milani

WRITTEN BY: Fabio Bonifacci

PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima

DEN SKALDEDE FRISØR

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Denmark, 111 min

DIRECTED BY: Susanne Bier

WRITTEN BY: Anders Thomas Jensen & Susanne Bier

PRODUCED BY: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vibeke Windeløv

SVECENIKOVA DJECA

THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN

Croatia/Serbia, 93 min

DIRECTED BY: Vinko Brešan

WRITTEN BY: Mate Matišić & Vinko Brešan

PRODUCED BY: Ivan Maloča

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2013

Pablo Berger for BLANCANIEVES

Felix van Groeningen for THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Abdellatif Kechiche for LA VIE D’ADELE (Adele)

François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Paolo Sorrentino for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Giuseppe Tornatore for THE BEST OFFER

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2013

Keira Knightley in ANNA KARENINA 

Veerle Baetens in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Barbara Sukowa in HANNAH ARENDT

Naomi Watts in LO IMPOSIBLE (The Impossible)

Luminita Gheorghiu in POZITIA COPILULUI (Child’s Pose)

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2013

Jude Law in ANNA KARENINA

Johan Heldenbergh in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Fabrice Luchini in DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Toni Servillo in LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Tom Schilling in OH BOY

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2013

Tom Stoppard for ANNA KARENINA   

Giuseppe Tornatore for THE BEST OFFER 

Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen for THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

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