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December 1, 2006 8:43 AM
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AFP: Europe's Oscars pit Almodovar, Loach and German newcomer

The European Film Awards, the continent's version of the Oscars, will Saturday pit international arthouse names Pedro Almodovar and Ken Loach against German newcomer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The ceremony in the Polish capital will combine the glitzy and highbrow in a celebration of the finest of Europe's movie industry. Almodovar's "Volver" has six nominations. The comical drama is shortlisted for best European film, the Spaniard is up for best director and his star Penelope Cruz for best actress. Loach is shortlisted for best film for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," his hard-hitting story of two brothers during Ireland's 1920s struggle for independence from Britain and ensuing civil war. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, "Volver" took best screenplay and best actress awards for Cruz and her three co-stars, while Loach won the top prize, the Palme d'Or. Jonathan Fowler reports.

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