DAILY NEWS: European Film Nominees; and Kids Winners in Chicago
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> "Amelie" Among Top Nominees for 2001 European Film Awards
(indieWIRE/11.08.01) -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amelie" is a top nominee for
the 2001 European Film Awards, which will be presented in Berlin on December
1st. The movie received nominations for Best European Film, European
Director (Jeunet), European Actress (Audrey Tatou), and European
Among the other movies tipped for the top prize were "Bridget Jones's Diary"
(UK), "The Experiment" (Germany), "Intimacy" (France/Italy), "Italian for Beginners" (Denmark), "The Piano Teacher" (Austria/France), "The Son's Room" (Italy/France), "The Others" (Spain).
Additional filmmakers named as nominees as top director include Jose Luis
Garci ("You're The One"), Peter Gothar ("Paszport"), Ermanno Olmi ("The Profession of Arms"), Francois Ozon ("Under the Sand"), and Eric Rohmer ("The Lady and the Duke").
Screenwriting nominees for 2001 include Laurent Cantet and Robin Campillo for "Time Out," Michael Haaneke for "The Piano Teacher," Achero Manas for "Pellet," Jean-Louis Milesi & Robert Guediguian for "The Town is Quiet," Ettore Scola, Silvia Scola, Giaxomo Scarpelli and Furio Scarpelli for "Unfair Competition," and Danis Tanovic for "No Man's Land."
1,500 European filmmaker are expected to gather in Berlin from November 30th
- December 2nd for the European Film Awards and related events. [Eugene
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>> Young Jurors Award Prizes at 18th Chicago International Children's Fest
(indieWIRE/ 11.08.01) -- The 18th Annual Chicago International Children's Film
Festival closed recently with the selection by CICFF's children's jury of Dutch
director Maria Peter's "Little Crumb," about an orphan seeking his parents, for First Prize for an International Feature. The North American First Prize went
to first-timer Adam Arkin for "My Louisiana Sky" about a boy who finds solace in Batman following his father's death. "Princess and Princesses" by French director Michael Ocelot won in the Best Animated Feature Film or Video
category while Best Animated short went to "Low Down Underground" by American, Elanna Nicole Allen.
The children's jury is a group of seventy 7 - 13 year-olds who evaluated over
100 feature and shorts in an array of categories. Jury members Aurora Flores
and Omar Hernandez presented the prizes at the Chicago Cultural Center
recently hosted by city native, Harold Ramis (director of "Bedazzled,"
"Groundhog Day," "Ghostbusters"). Honors given by grown ups included the Rights of the Child Prize, which affirms the U.N.'s Declaration on the Rights of the Child, for "The Testimony of Taliesin Jones" by Martin Duffy. Also, the Liv Ullman Peace Prize, awarded to France's Fernando Romero for the collection of short films "No More Lies," recognizes work that addresses significant social and cultural issues. [Brian Brooks]