The five European Discovery nominees include celebrated Cannes Film Festival premieres and acclaimed debuts from the international festival circuit. Winners will be announced at the European Film Awards ceremony on December 13 in Riga. The five films are:
UK director Yann Demange’s highly touted Berlin premiere “’71” turns on an infamous 1971 slaying in Belfast, Ireland with rising star Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up” and Angelina Jolie’s upcoming “Unbroken“) as a British soldier.
The title of Carlos Marques-Marcet’s Spanish romantic drama “10,000 KM” refers to the distance between two lovers in Los Angeles and Barcelona; the film swept up praise at SXSW, Seattle and BAMcinemaFest, among others, throughout 2014.
Marie Amachoukeli’s Cannes Un Certain Regard opener “Party Girl,” though divisive at that festival in May, is among the five Discovery nominees. This French feature centers on a nightclub hostess in her winter years who decides to settle down.
The grim world of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s masterful “The Tribe” — which the Ukraine, controversially, did not submit for the Foreign Language Oscar — is conveyed entirely through sign language, with an all-deaf teen cast of non-actors. Drafthouse Films, who wasted no time grabbing the film at Cannes, releases this explosive first feature stateside next year. (We loved the film at Karlovy Vary and Fantastic Fest.)
Spanish first-timer Fernando Franco’s female-led mental illness drama “Wounded” rounds out the five Discovery nominees. It bowed at San Sebastian in Fall 2013, where Variety found it “claustrophobic.”